Fashion designer Paul Smith, Vintage collaborate on acoustic guitar


Following on from the huge success of 2009’s Paul Smith and Vintage® guitars collaboration, the legendary designer is launching another limited edition compact Vintage acoustic model – exclusively for Paul Smith shops.


The guitar, which retails at a price of £195, is available in all Paul Smith shops in limited numbers now, as well as on the Paul Smith website.


Made to an impressive specification, the Vintage Paul Smith guitar features a spruce top matched to a mahogany body, a traditional tonewood combination, offering clarity and harmonic content, ideal for a smooth, rounded bass in the sound, enhanced by an articulate and defined treble. The maple neck is topped by a smooth, tight-grained rosewood fret-board, with a mahogany bridge further complementing the subtly restrained look of the instrument.


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Christmas gift ideas for guitarists


PickBay is a great way of either framing a special pick to keep with you – the pick you caught at a Steve Vai gig, the promotional one that came with your copy of Paul Gilbert’s Alligator Farm CD, the one you used at your first gig, or whatever – or for just making sure you always have a pick or three handy when you need them.

Link: PickBay

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REVIEW: Ibanez FRM100 ‘Fireman’ Paul Gilbert signature model

Paul Gilbert’s first Ibanez Fireman was a custom model which he designed by flipping over the beloved Iceman (Fireman, geddit?). It was available in two configurations – rare and super rare – and they were pretty damn pricey guitars. But the fans loved ’em, and when Paul appeared on the cover of his Fuzz Universe album with a shiny new red Fireman, fans went understandably nuts. What was this beautiful guitar, and could we get our hands on one? Affordably? Please?

That day has come! The FRM100 is a Chinese-made version of Paul’s red Fireman. It features a solid mahogany body (if you look close you can see where separate pieces of wood are joined together, but this is pretty much standard practice). The three-piece neck is made of two pieces of mahogany flanking a slice of maple, with a rosewood fretboard featuring simple, elegant pearl dot position markers. The neck shape is huge if you’re used to more shred-friendly designs: 22mm at the first fret and 24mm at the 12th. The frets are tall mediums, which works well with the chunky neck profile. The fretboard radius is 305mm. The neck meets the body with an intriguing joint which looks a lot like an Ibanez All-Access Neck Join (AANJ), but minus the bolts.

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REVIEW: Cusack Screamer Fuzz

 The Cusack Screamer Fuzz is a flexible little monster. Part overdrive, part fuzz, it doesn’t quite know what it is, but it certainly knows what it’s not: polite and wimpy. It’s based on the company’s Screamer pedal, which Cusack themselves describe as “A Tube Screamer copy, but …much more than that.” The Screamer offers around twice the available gain of a typical Ibanez Tube Screamer, which sounds pretty cool to me, but the Screamer Fuzz goes even further, starting with the basic Screamer guts, but with a bit of a twist too. A filthy, dirty, fuzzy twist.


The Screamer Fuzz features Level and Scream controls very much like the Screamer pedal, but it also has a Fuzz knob in place of the Screamer’s Tone control. Turn the Fuzz knob all the way counterclockwise and there’s no fuzz. Crank it up for what Cusack calls “Broken Op-Amp’ tone which cuts out as your note decays. Similarly, turn the Scream knob all the way down for no gain (but you can still use the Level control to put a little hurt on your preamp), or crank it. Both the Screamer and the Screamer Fuzz have a Clip Selector switch and associated LED, which lets you select between Standard, Crushed or Assymetrical LED clipping.


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REVIEW: Gordon-Smith Graduate

The following is a guest post by Jacob Mannik. Thanks Jacob!

What happens when you decide that you want to get the same guitar as one of your favourite guitarists? Stick around and I’ll tell you the story of how I got my latest guitar in my collection.


It started one day when I was in my flat with my guitar, playing along to my Reel Big Fish DVD, admiring the guitar work of Aaron Barrett, as always wondering who made his guitar and where I could get one. That day I decided to investigate and I quickly found the Aaron Barrett Wikipedia page. Within that document it listed his guitar as a Gordon-Smith Graduate. I had never heard of Gordon-Smith, so off to our friend Google I went and in short order found myself on the company’s website. What I found was a guitar company who have been around a long time making all the usual Fender and Gibson styles with a few of their own style designs thrown in. The ‘About’ section on the main page read as follows:


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REVIEW: TC Electronic Nova System Limited

TC Electronic’s Nova System is one of the company’s most popular offerings and it’s pretty easy to see why. It combines many of the same kinds of high-quality effects, intuitive operation and bulletproof construction that you might find in the venerable G-System, but in a smaller, more backpack-friendly configuration. The original Nova System [geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]– which you can buy here –[/geo-out]has found its way onto stages all over the world with artists of the calibre of Chris Cornell guitarist Peter Thorn and solo artist/Guns ‘n’ Roses axeman Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, and the Nova System Limited pays tribute to these high-profile gentlemen via the inclusion of several of their personal presets. And the ‘Limited’ in the name is quite apt: only 1200 will be produced. So if you want one, get on it!

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