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  1. I do like the looks of Reverend. I've considered the Strat-eque one with the three p90s before now. Fano are anotehr brand that really appeal to me - guitars that look very much like they could have existed back in the day, but didn't - that's bang up my street. I also admire Eastwood for that (not bad for lefties either), though I've not yet had a chance to play one. I hear they need a fair bit of fettling sometimes. I would love to have one of the Jack White Airplane types - there's something about those that gives me a real Link Wray vibe, like those bitsas he used to play assembled from a whole bunch of bits of the sort of guitars Eastwood take on. The other Eastwood I would definitely buy is one of the Johnny Ramone type Mosrite copies - I think they call it the JR Elite, a nice repop of Johnny's white Ventures II as heavily customised by himself. If they ever make that as a lefty... "Mosrite of California" (in Japan) who did the "official" signature never did. Tym in Australia did , I know, but I think he's called it quits now, alas. I never had a chance to play a Variax (they did do the niddle-range model left handed, but only that one). I'd be tempted by an acoustic version. In fact, if I was ever gonig to seriously get into playing out live with an acoustic sound, I'd have somebody like Gordon Smith build me a LP-shaped guitar with no cutaway (so the shape resembled a small O or Parlour model), with a thru neck, thru-body bridge, and two output jacks, with two toggle switches that sent output from the pick-ups (likely someting piezoish, and a body contact-mike) either both to the same socket, both to both sockets, or one each to one socket, and the ability to switch between each pup individually and both on together. With the right amplification system, that could get a goo acoustic sound with no feedback, I reckon. Either that, or send the signal from one socket to a small amp if no monitor is avaialble, and the other via a good acoustic preamp to the house PA. Im' sure somebody's alrady donig something like this, though... If those new acoustasonic Fenders had a MIM or Squier version, I'd be well up for it. As they are, they're just a bit more than I want to spend on a guitar, but I think they're a great concept.
  2. And you try and tell that to the young people of today....
  3. Certainly we're living in a golden age for cheap pedals to try.... When I started back in 91, there were a couple of very cheap and nasty pedals avaialble - Annyone remember Arion distorition pedals?, and then it was a jump up to DOD and Boss prices - Boss were pricey comparably for me then; DOD seemed to keep their prcies down over the years, but by 93 when I bought my first pedal - a EH-Sovtek Big Muff Pi - £45 was still a fair spend for someone not working full time (more than half a week's wages in my then student job!).
  4. That's the birdy. I remember an ad in Guitarist (UK) about 1993 ish for a "Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face" from one of the big stores in London, selling them for £39. No ideaif that was a new run or NOS or used or what, but I wish I'd bought some of them then! All i recall is they were the original size, and silver. New production models were later red, beofre the mini-seriescame out. Only pedal thqat looked cool on a board were the 1990s/eearly 00s Roger Mayer 'rocket' shaped pedals. Not sure if those are still around?
  5. I must watch that video in full later on. Skimming the intro, I suspect I'm on the same page as that guy - I've always been dubious about the idea of paying a fortune for high end effects when actually as long as there's a basic levle of build quality / reliability, the only significant difference between boutique and mass market, "cheap" pedals is subjective taste regarding the sound. Best bargain I ever got was one of the original 1994 Electro Hamonix-Sovtek Big Muff Pi pedals - the green one with the battery operation (no slot for an adaptor). Still got mine, mint, in the wooden box it came in. I paid £45 in 1994; I gather I could sell it for anywhere between £400 and £500 now. I wish I'd bought half a dozen of them back when!
  6. Roland have done well with them. I 'd love too to try one of those Award Session BluesBaby amps that claim to get the tube sound but are all solid state. One of the most interesting ideas I've seen in recent years has been the Vox 'Nutube' technology. Be interesting to see how that takes off.
  7. Yeah, I have a TW15 full size I bought nearly twenty years ago for £150. I'm assuming it's not the same guitar as the one they're currently selling for RRP £700, but it's a hell of a guitar, all solid, for rally not very much money at all. I remember the Baby coming out not long after the Taylor Baby (ironically, I was torn between the Tanglewood TW15 and the Taylor Big Baby until I got a deal on the TW at half hte priceo f the Taylor.... never regretted it.). It's a shame they've dropped off the electric, but may it was just too much competition. They are supposedly "Britain's best selling acoustincs", though, so...
  8. Boss / Roland are generally on the money with modelling. I also really rate the Vox Valvetronix stuff (especially the early, blue cloth ones). The only downside to a good modeller, imo, is if you won't get the benefit from it all. I'm gonig to sell my Vox AD120VT (the AC30 sized one) for the simple reason that I just don't need the variety it offers... these days, if I was puttnig serious money into an amp for gigging and recording, I'd actually be looking more at the Rooland bluescube type range: all the benefitsd of modelling, but with a simpler format. But that's just me - give me something that sounds like an old, tweed Fender and I'm happy. If you want the range, a modeller is a great way to get there.
  9. Never owned one, but tried the Behringers and they do seem to be a decent knock-off of the obvious Boss models if that's what you're after.
  10. Very nice. I have a vague memory of seeing that version of the logo onthe first Tanglewood I ever encountered: a £100ish acoustic a friend at school owned in.... I think 1990ish. The modern logo was around by the time I bought my bowlback electro acoustic in 1994. You won't see many with the headstock that's on this one; I'm pretty sure Gibson went after them for that! If their website is anything to go by, they've more or less givne up on the electric guitar market now, with just one model of electric bass and three (hardware wise) vaguely Strat-type but original designs. Not to my tastes, but there you are. Clearly it's been their acoustic ranges that have taken off, and it does seem the acoustic world is a bit more open to new ideas than the electric world. so. Another model worth looking out for a vintage one if you like Teles was their Quomaster, a short-lived Tele model based on Francis Rossi's famous Tele. A Toploader (like Page's 56...), which appealed to me at a time as I'd have lokely instally a bigsby. They sell for £100-£150 usually. I've also seen a very nice burst '62 Custom' version with string-thru traditionsal bridge, though I';m not sure that was a Quomaster (as seller claimed) rather than a different Tanglewood T type model. I have heard that at one time they were looking hard at donig a high end line of electrics to go along with the "Master built" acoustics, but while the sample guitars turend out great, the retail price was gonig to e too high for what they could sell the brand at the time.
  11. TBH, I never thought that was an especially bad idea.... All done and said, I'd rather have some sort of outboard device that could do all that but built into a string winder, but ti seemed to me it got more back lash than it really deserved purely as an idea. I suppose it's the case that few of us change tunings al that much, but...
  12. In the words of Avid Merrion, "a little bit of sex we came out." Utterly stunning. I have a real soft spot for the SG despite never having owned one. I'm definitely asolid-colour guy these days, but that it jusat the most unique and interesting flame top I've ever seen. Took me a second at first to realise it was the wood and not a really clever graphic of actual flames. The piece de resistance is the through-neck. Oddle enough, I was only recently toying with a daydream of a thru-neck SG Junior style! This is stunning stuff. Love an SG.... weirdly, I think the thing I love most is the selector switch being down among the other controls - feels so much more natural than the LP one, all up out of the way...
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    Lefty player here. Great idea for a gift - at the least, your brotehr will have a bit of fun with it. If he really takes to it, you'll have given him a new hobby that will be a source of joy for years to come. Thomann are a good idea - I've not bought directly from them (yet), but they have an excellent customer services reputation and they are also based in Germany. so if ever there's a warranty issue, that would suit for your brother. For acoustics, I can absolutely recommend Tanglewood as a brand for very good left handed provision; the Harely Benton parlour acoustics at about £200 look great on Thomann. If you look to an electric, I'd be looking to what music he likes - what do his favourite guitar players play? For Fender Types, the Squier range, especially the "Classic Voice" guitars, do have some cracking lefty models. If you were looking in the £500ish range, the Fender Player series catersquite well for we lefties as well. For Gibson types, I think the best starter models tend to be from the JHS brand "Vintage", though the JUnior DC and Junior SC models from Thomann's in house Harley Benton brand are also gorgeous. An acoustic will probably be the most affordable way to start off as you can get something really quite nice for about £200, and you don't have to start with amps and cables and such that can quickly add another couple of hundred to the start position. You'll read a lot in descriptions about 'solid top', 'all solid' and 'laminate'. This refers to the wood the guitar body is made from. The general accepted wisdowm is that all-solid is best, as the real wood changes and 'brethes' over time, and the sound improves as it matures. An all-laminate guitar won'tg do that - the sound will always be the same as it starts off. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, if that start-sound is already great. Although laminate guitars are usually cheaper, some very expensive semi-acoustic guitars use it as it is less prone to feedback - horses for courses. A solid top is a common compromise - the benefits of the top (which is whre the main effect on the sound is, arguably, as that's hat the bridge anchors the strigns to at the body end) with the benefits of the laminate (cheaper - also often more stable than soid wood can sometimes be). Seriously tempted by one of these myself - https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_custom_line_clp_15me_lh.htm More options: https://www.thomann.de/gb/lefthanded_acoustic_guitars.html
  14. Assuming it's all original, I'd agree - Vintage Modified. Anod to the guys who bought late 60s CBS Strats and then added their own HBs to the bridge for a HB tone back in the days when aftermarket pups first became a thing, and fatter or squeal-free Single coils hadn't yet come around. To my eye, the older style maxchnie heads are a point to note in identifyling the model; I'm sure I've seen a HSS Standard Squier with the big headstock in recent years, but they didn't have the vintage-style machnie heads, rather the squarer, modern ones. People often modify the pickups on Squiers, but unless there's a realproblem, it's rare to see 'em switch out the machine heads. (If anything, I think folks are more likely to switch to modern or locking ones than this vintage style, though personally I think these are the best loooking Fender ever did).
  15. Could be a custom if it's a bolt on neck. Also could be an early / budget model - I'd expect this style of guitar to almost always have a Floyd Rose... if my old eyes don't deceive me, that's a classic Fender six-screw type trem. I think a lot of cheaper guitars early on stuck with that type of trem to cut out the licensing fee on a FR copy. Which is not by any means to say it's not a great guitar, just probably less quick to return to tune if you're big on the divebombs! Personally, if I were gonig SuperStrat I'd prefer this sort of bridge, saves so much time in restringing! Worth maybe contacting Dean by email to see if they can point you in the right direction?
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