Taylor Guitars Factory Tour

I wanna go on such a tour!

Heck, I actually think it’s cool to work there. How do I apply? 🙂

Thanks to Wildwood and Taylor.

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Prince’s last guitar: G1 Purple Special

The Gus Guitar custom is a work of art that truly befits the player.

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Made of red cedar with 2.5mm carbon fibre laminate, the body is done in a signature purple. Hardwares are plated with 3 microns 22K gold. Purple and bling. Nothing less for the man himself, who liked it so much that he’d already ordered more from maker Simon Farmer.

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Comes with a really cool bespoke case. Stunning.

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Reports from Guitarist Magazine and Music Radar used in this blog post.

Read more on Gus Guitars:

http://www.gusguitars.com/product.php?model_id=16

 

*photos from Gus Guitars and Music Radar (via Guitarist)

 

Epiphone Slash AFD Special ii

While this is essentially an entry level guitar with the “name” and some neat appointments, it offers plenty of fun features for both beginners and seasoned players.

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The Les Paul Slash AFD Speciall ii uses the platform of the low-end LP Special ii and adds on a good looking flame maple top, new Ceramic Plus zebra humbuckers and a built-in Shadow bridge tuner.

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Also thinner and lighter than a standard LP, the AFD has a simper 2-knob configuration as oppose to the tradition 2-volume 2-tone arrangements on Les Pauls.

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Of course the graphics on the headstock contributed to the price difference. Nice Snakepit logo seen here.

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Main drawbacks are the machine heads and 42mm nut width. Buy hey, for $349 with a nice gig bag and some accessories, it’s not too bad. How else can you find a “signature model” at this price? 🙂

Comes in two versions. The AFD Slash Outfit (gigbag, strap and accessories) is going for $349 while the Performance Pack (with a small amp) was going for $489. Prices taken from Swee Lee at time of blog post.

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*photos from MusicZoo, Music Radar, Andertons UK and Epiphone

Yamaha LS16 ARE first impressions

Finally brought home a Yamaha L series.

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I know I’m very late on this, but the L series are truly great guitars for the money. The full solid 16 line typically go for about street price of $900 (mahogany) and $1000 (rosewood).

This example is the LS16 ARE which is a smaller body like grand concert size. Scale length is still the full 25.5 inch though.

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The solid top is Engelmann spruce instead of Sitka spruce. Since 2014, Yamaha has also been putting tops with ARE, which is similar to torrification by other guitar makers. Really nice looking rosewood on the back and sides.

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Maple binding all around the top and back, with centre strip at the back. Great build here. No glue spots or rough edges. Only downside to this one is the plastic fretboard binding.

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The neck is a mahogany-rosewood 5-ply which Guitarbear feels is really good looking. 🙂 Pretty sure those tuners will be swapped out at some point for some Gotohs.

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The nut width is exactly 44mm (slightly slightly slimmer than 1.75inch).

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Tone:

This guy is a champion for finger picking! Super responsive. You could tickle it with the slightest power and it will sing for you.

Strumming wise, it doesn’t have the low bass and volume of a dread, but then again, it is NOT a dread. That said, the LS shape still sounds very good as a strummer.

The passive pickup here is louder than other types such as Fishman. Of course there’s no preamp, volume or tone shaping, but I guess an external preamp/pedal will take care of things.

The pickguard will definitely go. 🙂 And I have a bone saddle on order. Stay tuned for more updates.