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This is undoubtedly likely to be one of the standout innovations introduced at this Summer NAMM show. It is evident that Wild Customs Guitars has been working on this project for a while. They have come up with a modular rotating drum system of pickups - where Seymour Duncan single size pickups - any variety - regular, rails, mini-humbucker etc can be attached to a capsule and snapped in as one of 3 pickup options per modular ’barrel’ / cartridge.

 

In effect you have 3 ...

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Guitar Highlights at the 2019 Birmingham Guitar Show

Blackmachine GuitarsCrimson GuitarsDennison GuitarsGrainger GuitarsGuitarsHeadless GuitarsLP-Style and Single-Cut GuitarsMetal GuitarsOffset GuitarsReiver GuitarsS-Style and Double-Cut GuitarsStone Wolf GuitarsT-Style GuitarsUnique-Shaped Guitars+-
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As posted on this site - I spent yesterday/Saturday at ’The Guitar Show’(poor SEO) which is actually the UK’s most significant guitar show - but still relatively compact and bijoux and with lots to notable absentees. No Fender or Gibson, and strangely no Chapman Guitars either - they seem to have an odd approach to their own domestic market!

 

In any case there was plenty to see at the show - still nothing really compared to what takes place in Germany or the USA, but ...

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Gibson Not Gibson - Classic Guitars with a Twist

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So I discovered these two instruments somewhat by chance - the Les Paul style one fairly recently, while the SG I’ve now come across a few times. The Daniels LP style guitar is actually a couple of years old while the Gibson is the ridiculously limited Billy Gibbons Ultimate SG from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalogue back in 2015 - and which retailed for a hefty $30,000 back then. The LP-style is a one-off custom build by UK luthier Darren Daniels whose prices are supposedly relatively...

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10 of the Best New Guitars Released in 2018

FenderFramus and Warwick GuitarsGibsonGuitarsIbanezLP-Style and Single-Cut GuitarsMetal GuitarsNutter GuitarsOffset GuitarsPaul Reed SmithPRSSG-Style GuitarsS-Style and Double-Cut GuitarsStone Wolf GuitarsSuhrT-Style GuitarsUnique-Shaped Guitars+-
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2018 has been a pretty decent year for new guitar releases - with genuinely something exceptional for near enough every variety. Fender released the really cool alternative range of Parallel Universe guitars - including the above Troublemaker Telecaster. And Gibson released the perfectly packaged Les Paul Junior Tribute.

 

We also saw Ibanez, Music Man and PRS further build on their quality reputations - while Music Man concentrated more on its Sterling diffusion range as it was so busy ...

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UK Guitar Show at Olympia Highlights - Pedals and Guitars

Beetronics FXBig Muff Style FuzzBlues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveBufferCompressorCrimson GuitarsDistortionDriveEQFlattley Guitar PedalsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzGamechanGuitarsHeadless GuitarsKlone and Transparent OverdriveLP-Style and Single-Cut GuitarsMetal GuitarsOffset GuitarsOverdriveRat Style FuzzReiver GuitarsSBC GuitarsSG-Style GuitarsSilicon FuzzS-Style and Double-Cut GuitarsStone Wolf GuitarsThorpyFXT-Style GuitarsUK Guitar ShowUnique-Shaped GuitarsUtilityValenti GuitarsWalrus Audio+-
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So I attended the inaugural Future Publishing UK Guitar Show this past Saturday at the Olympia Exhibition Centre London - Levels 2 & 3. It was not the most auspicious day for an event in London, considering there was a strike on the Piccadilly line, and the important chunks of the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines were down for maintenance. I therefore ’tubed’ it to Shepherd’s Bush or Westfield essentially, and walked down from there - a ...

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10 of the Best New Guitars Introduced at Winter NAMM 2018

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There were two big stories that dominated the guitar booths at NAMM 2018 - namely Ibanez’s new millennial Suhr-alike range and Fender’s smart Parallel Universe range. My very first guitar was that original Super-Strat the Ibanez Roadstar RG 440 (1986) in black - with the slightly odd older rounded headstock shape. The new headstock is much nicer, and there are some genuine innovations at this price point - with dedicated and exclusive Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups across the range...

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20 Wishlist Guitars for Your Consideration

Caparison GuitarsChapman GuitarsCrimson GuitarsErnie Ball Music ManFenderFramus and Warwick GuitarsGuitarsHartung GuitarsHeadless GuitarsIbanezLP-Style and Single-Cut GuitarsPaul Reed SmithPRSSchecter Guitar ResearchScott Walker GuitarsS-Style and Double-Cut GuitarsStrandbergUnique-Shaped Guitars+-
2017AfBlgDreamGuitarsSpiral700

It should be evident by now that my preferred style of guitar is the doublecut S-type, with relatively few exceptions. My preferred pickups are humbuckers - ideally with some well-defined grunt, and I am very fussy about fretboards (Rosewood / Ebony) and headstock shape. As any guitar aficionado does, I have a rolling wishlist of guitars I desire to acquire - I’m not setting up shop, so the chance of me getting all, or even a significant number of these are slim to none. This is more of a...

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The Still Omnipresent Twin Duopoly Dominates the Electric Guitar Marketplace

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If you are in the market for an electric guitar, there are actually just 3 brands which together still totally dominate and skew the entire marketplace. And while the birthplace of the modern guitar (USA) has become more open-minded towards brands from other points of origination. The UK is still very much overly skewed toward just a handful of brands. I’ve just completed watching the highlights of the BBC Big Day Out event in Hull, and the dominance of Fender, Gibson and Marshall is ...

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10 Singlecut LP Style Guitars for Your Consideration

EpiphoneESP/LTDFramus and Warwick GuitarsGibsonGuitarsHagstromHartung GuitarsIbanezJacksonLP-Style and Single-Cut GuitarsPaul Reed SmithPRSSchecter Guitar Research+-
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So I am increasingly thinking my next guitar will be a singlecut style one - the usual mahogany body + mahogany neck, Rosewood or Ebony Board, usually 4 control dials and (at least) two humbuckers etc. - for some deep and rich rock sounds. Up until now my preference has been for doublecut S-style guitars, and the PRS CE and Holcombe SE I already have quite adequately represent that genre for now.

 

You may recall I was considering a Gibson Les Paul Standard HP for a while - but on ...

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10 Less Well Known Guitar Makers for your consideration

Acacia GuitarsAristides GuitarsCaparison GuitarsFibenare GuitarsFramus and Warwick GuitarsGuitarsHartung GuitarsLP-Style and Single-Cut GuitarsMayones GuitarsOrmsby GuitarsRamos GuitarsScott Walker GuitarsS-Style and Double-Cut Guitars+-
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A while back I did a post about 10 cool guitars that were very much to my liking. This follow-up post is kind of more of the same, but focuses on mainly smaller / less well known makers. Most of these are custom shops in the truest sense of the word - building guitars to order, possibly with the exception of Mayones which is Poland’s leading guitar manufacturer and more mainstream really. For most of these there is only the occasional instrument found in the wild - on specialist retailer&...

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