REVIEW: Fender Classic '60s Stratocaster

Model Fender Classic '60s Stratocaster Intro The Classic '60s Strat is Fender's low-cost, Mexican made answer to the seemingly endless fascination we guitarists have with the Stratocasters of yester-year. While far from being on a par with its costly American made counterpart––the American Vintage '62 Stratocaster––the Classic '60s Stra…

Yikes… Schecter & Vivid Team Up On Porn Star Guitar Line

In a move that's sure to excite a million gangly teenage boys, Schecter Guitar Research and adult entertainment behemoth Vivid have apparently teamed up to produce Vivid Guitars––the first line of officially licensed instruments to carry graphics of Vivid's most popular adult stars. The guitars, which are part of Schecter's popular Te…

Gretsch To Slim Down Duo Jet For 2007

Fans of the classic Duo Jet will be interested to know that Gretsch has re-worked the guitar for 2007, including new hardware and the use of “aged” parts to bring the instrument an even heaver vintage feel. The new Duo Jet, dubbed the G6128TDS Duo Jet DynaSonic, breaks away from its predecessors with a heavily chambered mahogany body,…

Schecter Unveils Updated Ultra For 2007

According to an e-mail announcement Schecter's uniquely contoured (and might I add just plain good looking) Ultra guitar has received a thorough overhaul for 2007. In its latest incarnation the Ultra will feature a pair of Seymour Duncan Designed HB-102 humbuckers, a coil-tapping tone control (for emulating single-coil pickups,) 3-way pickup swit…

Rare Find: Man Builds $1500 Guitar From $15 IKEA End Table

Hehe.. talk about a limited edition. The enigmatic Zach, of Zachary Guitars, apparently built this gorgeous single-cutaway instrument using just one third of an IKEA end table as a top––yep, that's $5 worth of prime, highly-figured furniture wood. The guitar sports a multi-piece knotty pine body, single-piece mahogany neck (24.75" scale length…

It's Official: Gibson Announces The Gibson Wiki

"The Gibson Wiki is a collaborative site designed to amass the definitive body of knowledge on the products in the Gibson Family of Brands. This encyclopedia is written and edited by you. It is a living document that you can nurture and expand. We welcome your participation." What more can I say? Check it out. …

See The BOSS/Fender '59 Bassman Pedal In Action

When BOSS & Fender announced their new '59 Bassman pedal last month I greeted it with more than a bit of skepticism... to be honest, as a dyed-in-the-wool vintage tube-amp fiend I actually found the whole idea rather unsavory. Not that I begrudge anyone for wanting to get some of that classic tone without shelling out a small fortune for a vi…

My Quest For The Perfect Strat

It's funny, I've been playing the electric guitar for over twenty years now, and in all that time, while I've owned numerous great guitars, I've never owned a basic Stratocaster... not a single one. I've owned Gibsons, Gretchs, and Guilds, a Rickenbacker and a few Teles to boot, but never a Strat. Sure, I've played tons of 'em, but that's not the …

Gibson Re-Releases Classic Melody Maker

In a move that's bound to make starving artists the world over smile, Gibson has announced the re-release of their classic, low-cost Melody Maker guitar––for a street pricing hovering around just $350. The guitar, which is a recreation of the late '50s Melody Maker (originally intended as a student model instrument,) will feature a sp…

Rare Find: Not-So-Secret Stash Of Electro-Harmonix Video Demos

It's all fine and well that there are literally thousands of stomp-boxes and rack-mount effects available for guitar players these days, but try to find a brick & mortar retailer who actually carries a decent array of them––you know, so you can actually take one for a test drive––and you'll find yourself SOL. If you're…