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Gibson N-225 Review

Gibson's Fine Ear Gibson, to whom we own a lot of legendary guitars, decided to introduce several months ago a guitar with an original shape (something that doesn't happen every day): the N-225. With a hybrid look halfway between the SG, Les Paul standard and the ES series, we just couldn't resist it... read more…

Fender Pawn Shop '51, '72 & Mustang Review

Brides of Frankenstein In the USA, pawn shops will exchange money for anything having more or less value, either a watch or a hi-fi system or the ukulele your grandpa brought home from his holidays in Hawaii back in '53. These pawn shops are the modern version of Ali Baba's cave. They are packed with all sorts of things — especially musical instruments, like guitars. You'll find more or less famous brands, as well as all kinds of instruments repaired with spare parts by their former owners. Fender imagined a product range with this pawn shop spirit in mind. It includes instruments made up of parts from different products in Fender's catalog from the 50's, 60's, 70's and even later, e.g. for the Pawn Shop Fender '51. read more…

Danelectro '59 Original Guitar Review

59, Electric Guitar We proudly present the fourth generation of 1959 Danelectro DC. The first, whose trade name at the time was the model 3021, was manufactured in the USA in 1959. Since then, production has been relocated to Asia. The second generation was produced in Korea from 1998 to 2001 with the Danelectro 59-DC Standard and the 59-DC Pro. The third, was Chinese-made in 2007, and, finally the model presented in this review, is also manufactured in the Middle Kingdom of Asia... read more…

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Hufschmid Guitars Tantalum Blue Burst (Hufschmid Guitars - Tantalum)

By The4thlast1, 25/07/2019
I wanted to share my thoughts on the guitar that Patrick Hufschmid built for me recently.  I noticed Hufschmid guitars a few years back online and then more recently a friend of mine ordered one. He has been so blown away by his Hufshmid that I decided to order one myself and am very pleased I did.

I am very picky when it comes to guitars and a lot of instruments I've owned do not last long with me. I end up selling or trading most of them , I have only held on to a few guitars that I found to be the best sounding and playing. To make a long story short the Hufschmid exceeded my expectations.

At the top of my check list is the way a guitar sounds and responds as being most important.  Obviously pickups and electronics come into play and I'm pleased with what patrick uses in that regard but Im talking about the core tone of the instrument before adding anything. If the guitar is a winner then the electronics are icing on the cake. When my Hufschmid arrived the tone was killer right out of the box . Great clarity and sustain. Most importantly the natural eq curve is just right, present mids,  no piercing or thin highs, thick tight bass. Everything I look for in tone is there.

The next thing that is very important to me is how the neck on a guitar feels .Patrick requested a picture of my hand so he could shape the back of the neck to match. He really was spot on with the carve because it feels excellent , like I'm at home on it. The fret work is also top notch , Im very happy with how the guitar plays , every note rings full and clear with no buzzing !

So last on my list would be cosmetics. Patricks designs caught my eye right off the bat. In general I like super strat shapes and his take on that style is right up my ally. I sent him a picture of a blue burst color that I like and he was able to replicate it over a figured quilt top that came out great.

I would recommend a Hufschmid to anyone looking for a custom buit masterpiece !

Used, mint condition Peavey Firenza P90 electric guitar (Peavey - Firenza)

By Maguchi, 05/08/2019
Bought an excellent condition, barely used, USA made Peavey Firenza P90 with original hardshell case for $330 about a month ago. I can't put it down. Plugged it into a turn of the century American made Peavey Delta Blues with a 15" speaker. Great tone, the P90 pickups made by Gotoh are clear and thicker than a Fender single coil when played clean and distorts easily and tonefully.

Love the feel of the medium thickness of the neck, has a fairly flat 15" radius fretboard that feels a little different, but I got used to it pretty quick. Hangs balanced off the strap. Tuning machines feel solid and stay in tune even after heavy bending of strings. The tuneomatic bridge and the stopbar tailpiece were both recessed. Kind of an unusual design but had no problems with it. Maybe this was an early attempt by Peavey to make the bridge and tailpiece more solid a la tonepros, but that is just speculation on my part.

Fantastic Cleans and Gritty Rock (Eastwood Guitars - Classic AC)

By MGR/Brian Johnston, 11/10/2019
The Classic AC has a 24.75-inch scale length, and a chambered mahogany body with a flamed maple top (it comes in natural and green, whereas the model I’m reviewing is natural). The top is natural with white edge binding (and three black pinstripes), whereas the sides and back are transparent cherry. The Classic AC has a mahogany set neck design, a zero fret (set above the other frets to reduce buzz), a 1-5/8” nut, and a rosewood fingerboard with unique Shark’s Teeth inlays. The bridge is an adjustable Tune-O-Matic wrap around, which matches the Gotoh style nickel/chrome hardware. The pickups are two EW-Retro (Eastwood) Humbuckers, controlled by 1 tone and two volume knobs (one for the bridge and one for the neck) and a three-way switch (bridge, bridge + neck, neck). It comes stock with #10-#46 strings, whereas a gig-bag or case is extra.

Sometimes you never know what you’re going to get when you order a guitar. Often guitars are purchased based on looks, or maybe a demo video (although you never know what gear and caliber of gear the guitarist is using… and a highly skilled guitarist can make just about anything sound good). Eastwood’s Classic AC definitely was not a let-down. Although it sounded just fine with different gear, I used The Sheriff V4 preamp in the demo as it has a Plexi-sound (and Malcom Young used a Marshall Plexi). Both the guitar and amp responded well together, and although I didn’t play any AC/DC riffs (for copyright reasons), the tone was unmistakable. On the bridge pickup there as some very well-defined raunchy grain that was very responsive to playing. The neck pickup lacked any mud or boom, which I like, and the notes were well-defined. What really surprised me is when I blended the two pickups, particularly with the bridge volume up high and the neck pickup only high enough to be added in the mix. The result was the same raunchy grain, but with added thickness, heaviness (bottom end) and balls.

The guitar’s action is relatively low and the string bend easily (even on the highest frets, which is not always the case with higher priced guitars). The entire body (and back of neck) has a quality gloss shine without any perceivable flaws. There does not seem to be any flaws in the binding and there are no visible rough edges or cracks around the pickups. There are no rough edges to the frets (all appear to have a slight bevel for smoothness) and the neck binding (with side dots) appears to be well done. The headstock, and its binding, also is of good quality. The one minor flaw is the sharks tooth inlay at fret 17 – when bending the lowest strings you can feel a slight edge of that inlay, although not sharp or uncomfortable.

Reliability & Durability
For a guitar made in China, and a selling price under $600 USD, I would place this guitar with others in its price category. It plays well and sounds excellent – perhaps being a consideration for those wanting a Malcom Young tribute guitar of pretty decent quality or those looking to spend within that price point while looking toward Yamaha or other such budget-minded guitars. The electronics are quiet and the knobs/tone pots have a very solid and smooth feel. Overall, it does not play or sound like a cheap guitar. To the trained eye it may not hold up as well (e.g., binding and inlays) as a custom Les Paul, or the original Young guitar by Gretsch, but I’m very content with its quality and sound based on the price and proves you can get a darn decent guitar made in China (if the standards are in place).

Overall Impression
Certainly you can play some good sounding lead on this guitar, since the pickups are hot enough, but for classic Rock rhythm this is one of the best sounding guitars I’ve heard and is so ‘AC/DC’ when plugged into a Plexi-style amp. Although this guitar was inspired by the Gretsch model played by Malcom Young, a vital component to the band’s sound, Eastwood simplified the controls to mimic its Classic 6 model, and definitely headed in the right direction with its Retro Humbuckers for that defined and grainy classic rock response as individual notes ring clearly without mud. The looks of the pickups, natural wood color and headstock design may appear ‘classic’ as well, but the unique Sharks Teeth inlay lends itself to a modern vibe. Somehow it all works. The knobs are easy to control, with knurled edging and the neck pickup’s volume knob sitting on the lower horn (for easy access without bumping into the wrong control, viz., as opposed to having the two volume knobs sitting next to each other). The neck is neither thick nor thin, but a soft C (maybe a D) – enough meat for larger hands, but far from cumbersome for those with small hands.

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