Scott French SF3 Electric Travel Guitar & Travel Bag

If you're in the market for a unique, fully-featured, handmade electric travel guitar, you might want to check out Scott French's new SF3 Travel and its accompanying custom-fit travel/gig bag by Cocaine Mule. Scott French is a Northern California guitar maker––local to my area––so I'm hoping to get one of these in for revi…

Check It! Stewart's Stow-Away Travel Guitar

Hehe... I came across this post over at Real Tech News this morning, and I thought I'd better share the goods with you all––it's the Stow-Away Travel Guitar from Stewart Guitars. This electric guitar, which features an alder body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard and a trio of single-coil pickups, is apparently so collapsible you can fi…

A Closer Look: Fender's New Highway One Stratocaster

Back in July we covered the release of Fender's newly upgraded Highway One line of guitars, but now that some time has passed I thought it might be nice to take a deeper look at what is easily the most popular of the bunch – the Highway One Stratocaster. Now, the Highway Ones have always offered a lot of bang for the buck – they're th…

Zemaitis By Greco: The Gorgeous GZ-3300WF

Last year I was introduced to the unique beauty and hand-made quality of Zemaitis guitars when I accidentally stumbled across the gorgeous Zemaitis Metal Front – a hand engraved, metal topped monster that looks roughly like a Les Paul, but with a whole lot more personality. While Zemaitis is known for their incredible hand-crafted masterpie…

Dream Machine: Marshall's 1974X Reissue

Another Dream Amp From Marshall I've been considering a number of amps recently, and one that's really caught my eye is Marshall's reissue 1974X -- a hand-wired recreation of their classic 18-watt tube amp, the 1974 -- which, ironically enough, was produced during the mid to late '60s. The 1974X is getting phenomenal reviews, and its no wonder w…

Unique Hand-Carved Archtop: Eastman's El Rey Deluxe Rock

Eastman Strings has been making quality stringed instruments since 1992 – mostly violins, violas, cellos and the like – but their recent foray into guitars, particularly jazz archtops, is garnering a lot of attention from the music industry. Word on the street is that Eastman's attention to detail & craftsmanship, and their quite affordabl…

What'll It Be? Line 6 Flextone III Plus

Well, I'm in the market for a new amplifier, and in spite of my nearly fanatic love of tube amps I'm finding myself leaning heavily towards the Flextone III Plus, from Line 6 -- yep, a digital modeling amp. Why? Because it's versatile (it models 32 different classic amps,) surprisingly affordable (about $600,) and it does a fairly amazing imperso…

25 Guitars In One: The Line 6 Variax 600

Brave New World Of Guitar Modeling The Variax 600 is Line 6's cool new retro-styled digital modeling guitar - an instrument that claims to faithfully reproduce the sounds of twenty-five different classic guitars via Line 6's proprietary modeling technology. Now, I've never played one of these, but I'd love to hear from anyone who has because I fi…