PRS S2 Standard 22
PRS are responsible for populating the dreams of many guitarists. Their quality of make and purity in tone is held in such high esteem that, for many, the dream of owning one is just that: a dream. Putting an end to this longstanding monetary barrier is the arrival of the S2 Standard 22 – an axe stocked with the same PRS ingenuity, but without the heavy price tag.
Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass Electric Guitar
The Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass has a small body fitted with three single coil pickups. There’s not a great deal of bells and whistles as far as the bridge and tuning machines are concerned. But don’t let all these details deceive you: the Cutlass isn’t a delicate little biscuit. It’s no anvil either, but there’s a bulkiness to this guitar, which is reflective of the guts encased within.
Ultimate Pedal Effects Special: Fuzz and Preamp Pedals
This month we have already taken a look at the best of the best when it comes to Distortion, Delay and Overdrive. Now it's time to dig a little deeper and find some hidden gems in the pedal world. Let's take a look at some Fuzz and Preamp Pedals..
Ormsby SX GTR 1st Run Electric Guitar
When word got out that Ormsby was releasing a production instrument (instead of one-offs and exclusive runs like the Hypemachine series), a cry of joy rang out across the entire guitar kingdom. Here was a chance for more players to get their hands on an Ormsby sooner, and a Facebook group even allowed potential customers to help refine the specs. The first run included Hype GTR and SX GTR models; we’ve already looked at a Hype in these pages, so here’s the SX. And just you wait ‘til you see what the second run involved...
Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Electric Guitar
It’s over 40 years now since the luthiers at Music Man drew a line in the sand that marked the turning point between the ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ eras of guitar design. Introducing active electronics to the fray is considered by many to be the moment that defined the next 20 years of exploration. When the Ball family bought the company out in 1984, they took that baton and steered guitars into the uncharted waters of quirk and nuance for which they remain infamous to this day. With this latest update to their extensive six string range Ernie Ball Music Man has clearly taken a look back through the yearbooks for a bit of inspiration.
Sterling by Music Man StingRay SR50 Electric Guitar
The StingRay SR50 is designed with particular deference to the original Leo Fender Music Man guitar design, but reimagined and updated by the Ernie Ball Music Man design team. It’s available in Ernie Ball Music Man and Sterling By Music Man versions. This review is for the latter.
Sterling by Music Man Cutlass CT50
The ‘Music Man’ portion of the Ernie Ball Music Man name was a company founded by Leo Fender in 1974, and the earliest bass and guitar models were new instruments that showed an evolution from what Leo had designed before. Since then — and especially under the guidance of Ernie Ball — the company has taken things pretty far from those original design styles, but they bring it right on back with the Cutlass. Available in EBMM and the more affordable Sterling By Music Man models, the Cutlass is a bolt-on, three-single-coil guitar that feels a little more ‘Leo’ than anything EBMM has released in years.
Ormsby Guitars Hypemachine Copper Top Multiscale
I was quite excited when I was asked to write a review for this guitar — a one-off custom — because I was already quite familiar with it. Having played it on a number of different occasions including at an ‘Ormsby Meat-up,’ (a bunch of dudes showing off their guitars and eating lots of manly stuff), at the Melbourne Guitar Makers Festival and at the NAMM Show (where it impressed Ola Englund, a man who knows a good guitar when he sees it), it was nice to finally get some on-on-one time.