Solidbody electric guitar makers in the mid Seventies became obsessed with the notion that greater mass equals increased sustain, resulting in multilaminate neck-through-body “hippie sandwich” instruments with brass hardware that tipped the scales at 12 pounds or more.
Of all the great original 1959 Standards out there — a pretty small number to begin with — Joe Perry’s Les Paul has long been acclaimed as one of the finest. The rich, road-worn character of this guitar, serial number 9-0663, is utterly moving, and it seems to throb with the wealth of music and experience earned over decades of being played on stages and in recording studios around the world.
It’s no surprise that a signature model guitar designed by Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Broderick and Jackson Custom Shop master builder Mike Shannon is a lean-and-mean shred machine. However, the Jackson Chris Broderick Soloist 6 is packed with so many ergonomic and performance enhancements that players who aren’t into Megadeth or even metal in general should check it out as well.
When music aficionados speak of Detroit, they tend to go on and on about the slew of rock bands and R&B groups to come out of the area. When you consider the sheer number of rock legends and near-legends from the area, it's easy to see how one could spend hours discussing the Stooges, the MC5, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, The White Stripes, etc.
Designed for musicians with bigger hands, the Hollow Body is a new take on a classic semi-hollow, double-cut design. The width of the neck is increased to 1 7/8” (47.625mm) at the nut, providing the player an increased string spacing of 0.315” (8mm) to allow all notes of a chord to ring clear and is best for execution of single note runs.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario checks out the curvaceous new Dean Custom 550 Floyd, which featues active EMG 81 and EMG 85 pickups along with a Floyd Rose 1000 locking vibrator unit.