Fender HLE Stratocaster 1989
Guitars

Fender HLE Stratocaster 1989

 1989 Fender Custom Shop H.L.E. StratocasterHere is a very special Stratocaster, back in 1989 as the Fender Custom Shop opened it’s doors, the plans were made to make a limited edition Stratocaster in honour of Homer Haynes who was part of a musical, comedy duo ‘Homer and Jethro’ in America back in 1957. Haynes being…

Korg Pandora Stomp
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Korg Pandora Stomp

I’ve had a few of the various Pandora models over the years and always found them to be great value.  They always seemed to have some immediately workable tones, portability was great and the instant rhythm track was a handy addition for quick practice. Now I’m not sure if what’s happened with this new Pandora…

Zoom Powerdrive PD-01
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Zoom Powerdrive PD-01

This 90’s Japanese pedal is somewhat rare and highly thought of. A simple transparent overdrive, it excels at making your existing tone better. The controls are familiar; high, low, drive and level. What’s immediately different to a standard overdrive is the gain dial only breaks the signal up at the very top end of the…

Fender Stratocaster 1961
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Fender Stratocaster 1961

This guitar is probably the first electric guitar I ever saw, this Fender Stratocaster belongs to my father. I was lucky enough to grow up around many great guitars but this one is the first and greatest one of all.  My father doesn’t play much guitar these days but this guitar is his “number one”…

Ibanez S570 Project
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Ibanez S570 Project

I loved the look of these Ibanez S-Series guitars in my teens, but only acquired my first one some 20 years later. You know what you’re getting with these guitars; flat wide and thin necks, perfect for shredding. The slimline body is well weighted, in that it sits nice and light, but unlike a Gibson…

1997 Jackson Performer Made In Japan
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1997 Jackson Performer Made In Japan

Nice late 90’s Japanese made Performer series Jackson, with a light flame top. After a set up and service it played pretty well, as is usual of these guitars. Their slim necks and flat profile fingerboards make shredding a breeze and this particular one did everything expected of it. Everything on it was as factory, although it…

2005 Gibson Les Paul Classic
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2005 Gibson Les Paul Classic

I’m a big fan of Les Pauls, but being a typical, peer-led guitarist, I only like flame top variations, goldtops and customs…and juniors…love them too. Anyway; I recently traded a Strat for this, a 2005 Gibson Les Paul Classic 1960 in a cool tobacco sunburst, or desert burst as it is known by Gibson. (Excuse…

2004 Gibson Les Paul Standard
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2004 Gibson Les Paul Standard

Breathtaking flame maple top on this one. The colours and depth in the grain/finish are really exceptional. The maple truly dances in the light, drastically changing the guitar’s appearance depending on the viewing angle.   It came by these ends with a problem high e string, namely a metallic buzz up and down the board….

1985 Fender Stratocaster Made In Japan
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1985 Fender Stratocaster Made In Japan

Well cared for example of an 80’s Japanese Stratocaster in candy red.   Barely played, with no fret wear and not a bump or scratch in sight. The highly lacquered maple neck is chunky, certainly vintage flavoured. It’s completely as factory apart from the replacement pearloid scratchplate.       It looks, plays and sounds like a well…

Belcat Overdrive OVD302
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Belcat Overdrive OVD302

Picked this Ibanez TS9 clone up cheap in a pawn shop, not expecting much from it when also receiving change from a tenner. The sound surprised the hell out of me; it’s incredibly good. It’s full of dynamics, responding very pleasingly to pick attack and cleaning up well when backing the guitar volume off. The…

Boss DS-1 myth…
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Boss DS-1 myth…

Many moons back when I was a little lad and my old man used to play guitar very loudly at home through a 74′ Twin Reverb, whenever I tried to use the amp, it sounded as clean as a whistle, just pop music central…then I realised that a little orange box transformed the sound from…

Breedlove OM/FS Acoustic
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Breedlove OM/FS Acoustic

Acoustics have always been a fickle friend to me over the past 20 years, I hated them, loved them, couldn’t play them right, smashed them, stuck stickers on them and never really gave them a second thought over the shiny Fenders and Gibsons in this world. As I grew up, acoustic records began to filter…