There are plenty of great, affordable guitars available these days. With all the precise automation in guitar manufacturing, it’s difficult to find poorly made guitars. Here are three of five cool choices for less than $500. Read about the other two guitars right here.
Schecter Guitars announced the release of the Synyster Gates Custom-S, a guitar that has been in the works for several years. The guitar will be available in January 2012. This new Synyster Gates guitar features all the specs used on his signature model plus something special that has called his "secret weapon” -- the Sustainiac. This unique system resides in place of the neck humbucker (See photos below) and provides controlled feedback-sustain at all levels.
New guitars arrive all the time at the Guitar World office in New York City. Late last week, we received one of the new Desolation guitars by Charvel. There are 10 new guitars in this first wave of Charvel's Desolation series, including four single-cutaway DS models, three double-cutaway DC models and three Skatecaster SK models, which are based on the Charvel Surfcaster of the early 1990s.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews the Fender Super-Sonic 11 Head, which features Vintage and Burn channels that produce classic clean and overdrive tones as well as modern ultra-saturated distortion.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews the Epiphone '61 Reissue Casino 50th Anniversary, an accurate reproduction down to its T-shaped headstock plate, black P-90s, dot inlays, tortoiseshell pickguard and finish.
Here's a video of Brendon Bayliss of Umphrey's McGee talking about the Korg PC-1 Pitchclip Guitar Tuner. This easy-to-read, clip-on tuner features a bright LED -- not LCD -- display that can angle up for clear visibility. The display contents can be reversed (or flipped) so that everything is still properly oriented when mounted on the back of the headstock, so as not to distract the audience from your performance.
Randy Collins brings his innovative playing to the Lâg Tramontane Series T100ASCEBLK. This model features a distinctive gloss black finish, a slim (shallow) cutaway auditorium body style and the StudioLâg built-in pickup and preamp system. In this demo, Randy uses a combination of traditional and tap-style techniques that really make the guitar shine!
Matt Nowicki of North Carolina-based Red Rocket Guitars is the one-man show behind his line of Atomic Retro Customs, and he's a featured luthier at Destroy All Guitars. You've gotta visit both sites and check out the very cool guitars Matt builds. He goes waaay beyond the typical F-type bolt-ons of so many small shops these days, as you'll discover. Fans of retro Sci-fi art are also in for a treat!