Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fender: Triple Tele

Another intriguing release by Fender in its Classic Series selection- the Triple Tele. You'd argue it's another Tele out there now fitted with 3 single coils & you're darn right it's another Tele but those single coils- they are actually 3 bridge pickups. How do we know this? Simple- 3 mounting screws, not the usual 2 side screws for the neck. I'd like to try this one out as soon as it gets here to hear how this would sound in action.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Gibson: SGJ 2014

It's been a fairly good Friday; I've finally tried Gibson's 2014 version of its SGJ model among other things. There isn't a drastic migration from its 2013 sibling but there are some stuff to note.
  1. The 2014 SGJ sports Gibson's 120th anniversary inlay
  2. Pickups are Gibson's uncovered, '61
  3. The bridge & hard tail are the satin chrome version
  4. Those knobs are huge Max Grip Black Speed
 The SGJ14 is a bright-sounding instrument unplugged. I wouldn't say it manifests a good degree of warmth often associated with bright sounding solid bodies strummed this way. It might be attributable to its overall weight. If you handle this guitar personally, you'd realize that much of the reverberation comes from the neck. After giving the SGJ14 an electric feed, the instrument isn't as thumping as a Les Paul (it shouldn't be; it's an SG!) but it sure doesn't sound like a thin-sounding cheapo. The pickups aren't contemporary affair but I'd say you can pull off those driven prog-esque tones with the help of a good EQ section. The knobs are love-hate for sure. They are grooved at the top edges but these are a little too tall to trigger a familiar reach.

Nothing too life-changing here, if you own the 2013 version, this wouldn't be an upgrade. However, you'd love the sustain here. In fact, it's one of the best.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fender: Rascal bass

Another newbie by Fender & it looks good. I love short-scale basses & this one seems to offer something different in terms of tone options. Yes, Fender has the Jaguar bass that offers some switching options but the Rascal here has a 5-way selector so you get a very guitar-like familiarity. Add to that a push-pull switch & there you have it- a lethal shorty with some voicings to boot. It won't be a piggy-breaking affair either as the Rascal here is a member of the Classic Player series. Something to look forward to, yes? :-)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fender: Channel bounding goodness

Fender has something new for us (but nothing revolutionary)- look at this bound-neck Tele. That's not actual binding.

Note that the 'binding' is of the same colour as the neck- well, that's the neck. This channel bound idea has the entire rosewood fretboard embedded into the neck. Meaning- the neck was carved out to accommodate the fretboard. Fender says this would make the neck feel whole, like a single unit instead of a neck with a fretboard piece glued onto it. The other benefit is of course, we get smoother edges all along the length. Awesome. The channel bound neck Strats & Teles are from the American Standard series so rest assured, the chances of getting a shoddy workmanship is slim.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seymour Duncan: 805 Overdrive

Scored! Seymour Duncan's 805 overdrive... a seemingly ordinary drive pedal. That's until you hear it in person. It's got some creamy drive going at certain settings, a lead-type tone if you emphasize some top end & quite the heavy metal generator if you max it out with a bottom end highlight. The louder your amp is, the more responsive this pedal becomes. Pedal comes with all the accessories here.

To be continued...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Paul Gilbert: Stone pushing uphill man

It's a new one by shred master Paul Gilbert, one which perpetuates what its predecessor offered- fuzz laden guitar attack. There are no Mr. Big or Racer X fanfare here so if you wish for a shred 101 reference, it's not that kind of album. This is the current Paul Gilbert who revels in that single note enjoyment with no hurry whatsoever so it's no surprise that the songs here are mostly blues-based. There are some insane finger works in songs where you least expected them to be so that leaves fans of the great Paul Gilbert fulfilled somewhat. There is only a single vocal track here (thank goodness!) & we know how it is with Paul Gilbert when it comes to singing; it's not his forte but he made it work to his strength.