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[24 May 2010 | Comments Off on Gordon Giltrap Signature Vintage Guitar | 10,304 views]
Gordon Giltrap Signature Vintage Guitar

Vintage have announced the launch of a signature model, Gordon Giltrap electro-acoustic guitar.
Based on an instrument that was custom-made by, luthier, Rob Armstrong for Giltrap in 1980, the Vintage signature model was built with the input of both Giltrap and Armstrong.
The Grand Auditorium/000 style guitar features a high-grade, solid, North-American cedar top and mahogany back and sides. We’re guessing the back and sides are laminated as they don’t specify solid in the same way it’s called out for the top. The bridge is rosewood and carries a compensated …

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[19 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Featured Video: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ | 3,445 views]
Featured Video: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’

Featured video time.  This week(ish) is Jimi Hendrix who is, lets face it, the guitarist who needs very little introduction.
Something just a little different though.  This is an acoustic rendition of Hear My Train A Comin’ on a 12-string guitar.  I think this video is from the film, See My Music Talking.
A similar, acoustic 12-string version can be heard on the Blues album, which is a compilation released in 1994.  It contains versions of Hendrix playing, as you might expect, blues songs – originals and covers.  Despite the cynical nature …

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[12 Nov 2009 | One Comment | 3,817 views]
Epiphone Roy Orbison 12-String

Announced ages ago as a ‘coming soon’ teaser, the Epiphone Roy Orbison 12-String has now been released.
This is a reproduction of the ’62 Epiphone Bard guitar on which he wrote and performed a crap-load of famous songs, including one about a prostitute with a heart of gold who falls in love with Richard Gere.
This has a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back.  No mention of the sides, so I’m guessing they’re laminated (certainly not the end of the world).  Oh, and it has twelve tuners.  That’s six better than …

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[2 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Dressed Up To The Nines | 2,258 views]
Dressed Up To The Nines

Taylor are offering something a little unusual as part of their 35th Anniversary instruments. Take a look at that headstock. Yep, it’s a nine-string guitar.
Well, while it’s odd, and I’m at a loss to think of any other purpose-made nine-string acoustics, Taylor inform us (and it’s true) that the country scene have sometimes, down Nashville way, used a nine-string format (though generally utilising a 12-string instrument).
The idea is to get some of that 12-string vibe into the midrange without sending the instrument over the top into utter jangle. The D …

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