Monday, July 6, 2015

Double cut twang

OK, so this is a limited edition Fender double cut Telecaster & maybe the 'Fender' label there would make it an exalted instrument somewhat but when it comes to visual appeal, I wouldn't pay good money for one. However, it may one day tread the path of notoriety just like the Gibson RD but that has some '70s confusion mojo there.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Traditionally Schecter

If you look away from the pointy, rock-inclined & contemporary Schecter offerings, you'd come across those models that are predominantly S/T-type copies which are rather hard to come by. Recently, Schecter launched its CV series & the Traditional Custom you see above is a member of the family. Yes, a very F-esqued outline save for that headstock outline (& maybe one less control knob) but that's the whole point of this range; the manufacturer's interpretation of what 'traditional' means. I have no idea if these are going to make it here but if they do, they are certainly worth checking out because the Schecter name these days, is becoming the sensible appeal to those of us who are keen on prices above the entry-level range but nothing in the lavish category.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fly-ing cab

When I acquired Blackstar's FLY 3 amp, I told myself it would strictly be a fun amp, something amusing that I would reach for on days when I am bored. However, the FLY isn't a novelty amp like what the other manufacturers offer, it has some very inspiring tones to keep you going so I thought giving it an extension would do it justice. Done.

Friday, July 3, 2015

FF RG8

Rubbing salt in the wound- another Ibanez fanned fret model released, the RGIF8. That's right, only in Japan. *bummer*

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ibanez: PS40

This Ibanez PS40, its endorser fanfare aside, is a simple instrument- bolt-on with non-locking hardware. The charismatic outline is a bonus. It is worth mentioning that the PS40 hails from China because I like where the QC stands in view of the sub-$300 price point. The fit & finish are definitely above average, the only displeasure here is perhaps the guitar's final overcoat that  feels rather over-done & synthetic.

The controls are not that smooth but they are effective, ditto the tuners. Unlike other entry-level guitars, the nut slots are rather well attended too, so no tuning snags were heard during play. Moving on to the pickups, we know too well how the Infinity humbuckers are, in many other Ibanez guitars. They sound flat clean but bordering on the impressive in drive mode. The ones here get my thumbs-up for the latter application. I do not wish to re-iterate whatever inadequacies one might hear in clean settings, it's not worth reprimanding implements which were not conceived to deliver appeal in this aspect.

I'd recommend this guitar to the budget-conscious players out there who are keen on getting good rock tones without being excessively concerned with the clean performance. The other consideration would be the bag availability; let's accept the fact that the standard/ generic guitar bag meant mostly for strat-type shapes won't accommodate this instrument. Do ask if a suitable bag is available for your consideration before purchase. Lastly, all that Paul Stanley mojo at this price, yes? Not quite, my friends. Mere resemblance but quite a departure in essence. A good guitar nevertheless.

Thanks to brother Faizal @ Bras Basah branch for the assistance.

Rating: 70%

Ibanez: PS40
Availability: Swee Lee Co.
Price: $299

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The other yellow fellow

At the close of last year, this happened- I grabbed the last yellow Ibanez RG550 (Genesis) that was in store. Yes, it was a display piece, I'm usually not a fan of display pieces but this one went home with me. The thing about display pieces is, they are over-molested pieces of equipment which are not quite worth the asking price. This Ibanez was no exception. When I paid for it, the strings were beyond rusty, string saddles showed signs of corrosion & majority of the scratch plate screws were oxidized. Why did I even bother to pay for it? The Genesis models were very close re-pros of the original RG models which featured the super slim Super Wizard neck. This RG550 captured that spirit of super shredding very well. It's like that neck never ceased production in the first place. The rest of the specs were spot on less a labeling detail of the Edge bridge. Being me, I'm never a fan of default pickups so the ones in this guitar were laid to rest, there are now Seymour Duncans in there. Also, the Genesis models were limited edition entities & they were too tempting to pass.

PS: We are now in the other half of 2015. Time seems to zip by (again)...