Fender Eric Johnson Thinline Stratocaster

Great looking guitar from Fender.


The EJ Signature model brings something special in a sense that semi-hollow construction isn’t a common feature with Strats.


2-colour Burst shown above

Co-developed with the man himself, this one combines attributes such as lighter weight and added resonance with the chambering made to the alder body.


Vintage White shown above

Other features include 12″ fretboard radius, custom quarter-sawn V profile neck, and Eric Johnson Single Coil pickups.

The two classic finishes are beautiful and should please any Strat fan. Retails at US$1999.

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*photos from http://www.digimart.net and pick–up.com/eric-johnson-breakfast/




Emerald Guitars Select Series Feb 2018

February sees lacewood veneers featured as the select topwood.


Nice looking grains all around,  but it seems that they come in only bass and 12-string models.

These should go fast as usual.

*photo from Emerald Guitars


Alvarez-Yairi Honduran

New release from Alvarez. These guitars feature Honduran mahogany seasoned for minimum 40 years.


DYM60HD pictured above. A look at the seasoned mahogany back below.



The FYM60HD (below) has s shorter 25″ scale.



And the FYM66HD (below) sports an all mahogany construction.



These are all premium models that come with Gotoh 510 tuners and deluxe hardshell cases. Not exactly affordable but one can be sure anything from Alvarez-Yairi are winners.

*photos from Alvarez



Charvel Guitars New Pro-Mod Models

Charvel Guitars launched some new and interesting models at the recent NAMM.

Pro-Mod DK24


This new model to the series comes with beautiful quilted tops and gold hardware.


Pickups are Seymour Duncan Jazz neck and Full Shred bridge – popular combination for superstrats.


A host of other features include locking tuners, compound neck radius and easy access truss rod adjustments make this Mexican model an interesting consideration to the typical ST-type guitars.

Updates to the Style 1 and Style 2 models

The Style 1 and 2 guitars get new finishes and hardware for 2018.


Gold hardware makes the new San Dimas HH HT (pictured above) look really good.


The So-Cal HH FR (above) gets a new finish called Matt Blue Frost.

The Style 2 has an okoume model added to lineup.


The San Dimas Style 2 HH FR Okoume (above) looks pretty cool with the stripped-down look.

Nice guitars that offer something different. I’d say it’s a smart way for FMIC to run their sister brands.

*photos from Charvel Guitars



Gibson Modern Flying V

Gibson brings radical to a new level by rolling out the Modern Flying V.


The new guitar looks rightfully like an evolved Flying V with a contoured top and a curvier silhouette. Scale length remains typically Gibson (24.75″), while controls are rather simple here with only two knobs and a selector.


Comes in three finishes – Ebony Prism, Silver Prism and Gold Prism. These are Custom Shops Ltd Runs and retail at US$4499.

Guitarbear listened and watched plenty of Scorpions so the Flying V has a special place. Perhaps a more regular version (and more affordable price) would be attractive enough to give this a try.

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*photos from Gibson