Today we bring you "Sweet and Low: A Roundup of 15 of the Tastiest Seven- and Eight-String Axes on the Market Today," a feature that appears in the all-new July 2015 issue of Guitar World. We've made sure to include models for every budget, not to mention a wide assortment of manufacturers.
The Classic Angelus returns this year as the Caparison Custom Line 2015 (CL15) model. Every feature that makes the CL series so highly sought after among even the most discriminating of boutique players is represented here.
Caparison Guitars has almost completely re-modelled its TAT (Through and Through) Special Custom Line for 2015. The Japanese-made Caparison TAT Special7 is an extended-range guitar that takes every feature that made the original TAT model so special and adds an extra lower string.
To mark its 20th anniversary, Caparison Guitars has introduced a special limited-edition version of its classic Horus 27-fret guitar. This special edition 20th Anniversary Horus-M3 model has the same M3 mahogany/maple/mahogany body construction of its modern counterparts, a new 2015 Horus body shape and three-way pickup selector.
Caparison guitars have been amassing a cult following in the United States ever since the Japanese high-end boutique builder made its debut in 1995. Caparison fans were dismayed when its parent company declared bankruptcy in May 2011, but the guitarmaker bounced back quickly under new ownership, retaining lead designer and visionary Itaru Kanno and resuming production that September.
With a walnut-and-mahogany composite tone wood solid-body, the Apple Horn 8 helps to maintain that essential note definition needed when dealing with avant-garde tunings. The highs remain crystal clear with a distinctive bell-like mid-range, and the low notes are tight yet thunderous.
The mid Nineties were arguably the start of the great transition in rock and heavy metal music, the days of style over substance epitomized by the late Eighties hair metal bands were coming to a grinding end and while the guitar still ruled the roost the demands on the instrument was rapidly changing from flashy graphics to real substance.