New offset guitars from Fender – coming October 2016

Looking for a guitar that’s a bit different? Like alternative body shapes? Fender’s new Duo-Sonic and Mustang guitars and basses could be right up your street. Over the years both models have been released with various modifications. The latest versions benefit from a range of updates which include a string-through-body hardtail Strat bridge on the guitars.
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Offset Mastery Bridge: a must for players of Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars

I have long been a fan of the Fender Jazzmaster. I love its quirky circuit switching, offset waist and range of tones. But I don’t own one for the simple reason that the bridge is a bit crap. Its the only weakness in an otherwise stellar guitar. Recently, however, a chance encounter led me to discover the Offset Mastery Bridge, a beautifully engineered replacement for the stock Jazzmaster bridge. All of a sudden, the acquisition of a Jazzmaster makes perfect sense.
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Chris Shiflett Signature Telecaster Deluxe

When friend and bandmate, Sheila, announced that she had ordered the new Chris Shiflett Signature Telecaster Deluxe, I faced a double-edged sword. On the upside, the band will benefit from some new tonal qualities and the Ice Maiden will look even cooler than she normally does on stage with the Arctic White Shiflett hanging from her shoulders. On the downside, I can’t really get one myself now. You just doesn’t do that sort of thing. When it comes to guitar acquisition, copycat behaviour among bandmates is a no-no.
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Happiness – Graeme and his new Fender Classic Player ’60s Stratocaster

Last week I got a phone call from my friend, Graeme. He was a little excited. He had money to spend and was on a mission to purchase a quality electric guitar and amplifier – to add to his collection. Like many of us, he suffers from Guitar Acquisition Syndrome. A noble affliction.

Graeme is a great guitarist, bassist, sound engineer, ex-studio owner, all-round audio guru and occasional reader of this blog. He knows I like nothing more than a trip to a guitar shop, so he invited me to join him on his mission by starting at my local: Guitar Guitar in Epsom. He said he valued my opinion. Pure flattery. He knows a good guitar when he plays one. He didn’t need me to advise him. He was just sharing the love. (Read more…)

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