Collings City Limits Deluxe
Collings Guitars is a guitar manufacturer that has a real appreciation for the craft. It was only in 2006 that Bill Collings – then a renowned acoustic guitar-maker – turned his focus towards electric guitars, bringing with him a meticulous and uncompromising approach towards construction and tone. A descendant of which is the Collings City Limits Deluxe electric guitar. This little known gem nails the classic shape of a Les Paul, draped in custom design features and sophisticated subtleties, matched by complex layers of satisfying tone. It’s the perfect introduction to a high-end guitar company determined to set new sonic standards.
PRS 2017 Custom 24 Electric Guitar
Paul Reed Smith started out just this way, building his first guitar as a challenge from his high school woodwork teacher.
Guild T-50 Slim Arch Top
Call me crazy but I’ve often wondered what it would’ve been like to live in the 50’s and 60’s.
Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent Signature Model
The concept of a signature guitar relies heavily on a unique design, innovation and communication with the artist at hand. If any of these three components are found wanting, there’s every chance you end up with an instrument that merely mimics the makers’ stock model. Ernie Ball Music Man’s St. Vincent signature guitar, thankfully, avoids falling into this trap; from design, to construction and playing experience, it’s a shining example of a signature model bringing something entirely new to the table.
Ormsby Guitars 8-String HypeGTR Multiscale - Exotic
After following Ormsby Guitars online for so long and attending a few informal Ormsby get-togethers, it’s been great to see the company go from strength to strength in 2016. Beginning with a successful appearance at Winter NAMM in January, this year has brought us to a point where you can stroll into a store like GH Music in Melbourne and see a selection of Ormsby multiscale guitars right alongside brands like Ibanez and Schecter. The guitar reviewed in this issue is at GH Music at the time of writing. It’s an 8-string HypeGTR Exotic model with a sexy-as-f walnut burl top on an alder body (swamp ash bodied versions are available too, distinguishable at a glance because the alder has a black forearm cut while swamp as has a plain wood one).
Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature Series JP16 Guitar
For 17 years now Music Man has teamed up with John Petrucci to create guitars that shred. Together the bona fide metal guitar god and the player-driven manufacturer are a formidable guitar-making force. First it was the original JP6 and its floating tremolo that altered pitch seamlessly, all the way through to 2014’s Majesty, equipped with digital pickup switching, and the African mahogany body of last year’s JP15. It’s only right that in 2016 we have a new Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci signature guitar – the JP16. This model harks back to the original and the Ball Family Reserve models, but thanks to some fresh new features, brings to the fore its own tonal personality.
Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine Signature Guitar
Ernie Ball Music Man has long been regarded for making ‘players’ guitars. They are a guitar manufacturer that never shies away from breaking new ground and always tapped into the way people play. With a history of pioneering, player-endorsed design that spans over 40 years, EBMM has developed signature models for the likes of Steve Morse, Eddie Van Halen, Albert Lee, John Petrucci and St. Vincent. With the James Valentine ‘Valentine’ guitar – an instrument made to meet the playing demands and design brief of the modern Maroon Five guitarist – this proud lineage of Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitars continues.
Fican Guitars Tornado
Stuart Monk’s Fican Guitars is a new brand driven by a unique vision. Monk’s guitars aren’t based on those 50s-derived legends we all know and love: instead he follows his own path. He began building guitars after an injury to his finger made it difficult to play C-shaped necks. He built a D-shaped neck that felt more ergonomic.