6 Things I love about the 2018 PRS SE Electric Guitar

Here’s my top 6 things I love about the 2018 PRS SE electric guitar.  I’ve owned this guitar now for just over 7 months or so and I have to say it’s by far my favourite all round guitar in my collection. I might have more expensive or custom guitars in my collection but this really fills a spot none of the others do.  I had no expectations when I purchased this 2018 PRS SE electric guitar but I am sure glad I ended up buying it.

 

Maton Mastersound MS500 Electric Guitar Review

Maton Mastersound MS500 Electric Guitar Review

This is the Maton Mastersound MS500 electric guitar.  It’s made in Melbourne, Australia and features a really unique look, design, and tonal options.

The Maton Mastersound MS500 features two pickups.  The neck pick is actually a single coil pickup even though it looks like the size of a regular humbucker.  This neck pickup is a vintage voiced single coil so it’s not a hot pickup.  It’s kind of similar to how a 52 telecaster neck pickup would be wired.  It’s clean, warm, and doesn’t have a lot of guts or extended high end.  While it still does have top end, it’s not the brightest pickup I have ever heard.  Adjusting the height of the pickup has helped the top end since filming this video.

The bridge pickup is where the magic is at.  The bridge pickup features a split coil system so you can run it in either single coil or humbucker mode.  Humbucker mode is by far my favorite mode on this guitar but overall it just rocks.  If you are on both pickups using single coil mode it’s actually a buzz free option which is great.

The Maton Mastersound MS500 has a magical neck! I love how the neck feels in my hand.  It’s around the same depth as my 52 reissue telecaster which I love but it feels unique as well.  The body of the guitar reminds me of a Les Paul but it’s not quite as thick.  The overall finish on the body also looks great.  Overall I am very impressed with this Australian made guitar.  It won’t replace anything in my collection but it stands on it’s own feet as something unique and interesting.

 

Little Crow Corvinho SD Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Review

Little Crow Corvinho SD Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Review

This is the new Little Crow Electric Guitar from Dave & Viv at little Crow Guitars in Perth, Western Australia. I dubbed it the “blues machine” when I first received it because it was the best blues tone I’ve ever had.

Little Crow Semi-hollow Electric Guitar information: Body: Mountain Ash with Hard Rock Maple top and white binding Neck: Mountain Ash with Hard Rock Maple fretboard (22 medium jumbo frets and 2 way Truss Rod) Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer with translucent black colour Tuners: Grover Rotomatics Bridge: Gotoh modern tele Pickups: Matched pair of Mick Brierley Tele bridge and mini-humbucker neck Controls: Volume: CTS 250K pot with treble bleed circuit Tone Control: CTS 250K pot with Sprague Orange cap (0.047m) Switch: 3 way

Sounds fantastic.  Dave and Viv have really stepped it up on this new version.

Check out the official Little Crow Guitars website or find them on Facebook.

I am playing through a Fender Super-Sonic 60 on the Burn Channel.

 

Fender Stratocaster vs Squire Stratocaster

Fender Stratocaster vs Squier Stratocaster

If you’re wondering which guitar to buy please read this and check out the video below.

Fender vs Squier – Squier vs Fender: Blind Test #1

People will always assume that a guitar worth five times more than another guitar will always sound better.  I must admit, I was shocked to find out otherwise but as you can hear below the two guitars in the blind test below sound pretty much the same.  What are the two guitars in the blind test?

I am not suggesting they are played in that order…or am I? You be the judge of that.

You might already be laughing to yourself and saying things like “I bet I could tell the difference” or “I bet the Fender plays 100 times better than the Squier and that’s why it’s a better instrument”.  The truth of this test is that tone is not only subjective to the ear but it’s also subjective to the eyes.  If you know what you’re listening to you’ll favor that which is “better”.  This blind test proves not only most people can’t tell the guitars apart but from my experience they both sound fantastic.

How does the Squier feel to play compared to the Fender?  They are both a little different to each other but not in a “harder or easier to play” way.  Both feel like good guitars.

While this is not the case for all Squier guitars on the market, the Classic Vibe series are phenomenal and the they look, feel and sound great to play.  They have a really great tone thanks to the quality Alnico Pickups.

Please feel free to comment below and let me know which one you think is which and in a week or two I will let everyone know the results of the blind test.

 

Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster by Fender

Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster by Fender

I am playing this guitar straight into a Fender Blues Jr III Gold Rush FSR Amplifier.

This demo is literally straight out of the box. I haven’t set the Classic Vibe up and the original strings are still on it. I will also do a new demo once the set up is complete through different amplifiers.

The rough-and-tumble Classic Vibe Stratocaster® ’60s evokes that musically adventurous decade, with a few modern features added. The alder body has a Three-Color Sunburst or Candy Apple Red finish; the ’60s-era vintage-tint gloss-maple neck has a rosewood Fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets and a modern 9.5″ radius. The thick tone comes from the alnico V single-coil pickups–quick attack with a bit more mid range force and a knockout bridge pickup. Custom staggered pole pieces provide improved string-to-string balance.

Check out the Squier Classic Vibe Website for more information

I did need to make a few tweaks out of the box which included – New Strings, small adjustments to the nut (had to clear some debris out of there), one half turn on the neck to straighten it out and I also lowered the action on two of the strings.  The Intonation was spot on, so I didn’t need to do anything with that.  The video below is the same guitar after I made some adjustments to the Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster.

The video above is a testament  to how the Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster will sound through two professional tube amplifiers.

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Playboy Elecitric Guitars by Steve Clayton

Playboy Elecitric Guitars by Steve Clayton

I visit pawn shops a lot here in Australia and I always come across some strange and unusually designed guitars and gear.   The guitars that I think stood out the most in recent times are the Playboy series guitars.

These two unusual guitars are made by Steve Clayton and hit the market in 2008 – although he may of been making guitars prior to this time.

The guitar below is called the Playboy Covers Collage Guitar

2008 PLAYBOY COVERS COLLAGE GUITAR
2008 PLAYBOY COVERS COLLAGE GUITAR
  • CONSTRUCTION: Bolt-on
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK/FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22
  • INLAYS: Mother of Pearl
  • PICKUPS: EMG-HZ
  • ELECTRONICS: Vol/Tone/3-Way
  • TUNERS: Grover
  • HARDWARE: Nickel
  • COLOR: Multi-color magazine covers from the 60’s and 70’s

This guitar by Steve Clayton is called “Glitz“.  This is actually a really nice looking guitar.  What sets it apart is instead of a regular Fender/Gibson style F-Hole (I know that sounds bad in context) they have gone for a cutout of a woman – I personally think this is pretty cool.  When I first “laid eyes” on the guitar I thought it was some sort of cheesy sticker, only to find out it was an F-Hole.  This is very, very unique and something I am giving Steve Clayton credit for in the design aspect.

GLITZ
GLITZ
  • SEMI HOLLOW GUITAR: Girl Shaped Cut-out
  • CONSTRUCTION: Bolt-on
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK/FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22
  • INLAYS: Mother of Pearl
  • PICKUPS: EMG-HZ
  • ELECTRONICS: Vol/Tone/4-Way
  • TUNERS: Grover
  • HARDWARE: Nickel
  • COLOR: Pearl White

 

Little Crow Crowcaster Electric Guitar Review

Little Crow Crowcaster Electric Guitar Review

The Little Crow “Crowcaster”  is a handmade custom electric guitar built Western Australia by a designer Dave.  This is an Electric guitar featuring all Australian wood, Australian made Brierley P90 Pickups.

Little Crow Guitar don’t have a website up just yet, but they have a Facebook page.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dave from their Facebook page.

 

Single Coil Pickups vs Noiseless Pickups

Single Coil Pickups vs Noiseless Pickups

These two videos will show the difference between the best Noiseless pickups on the market for both a Fender Telecaster and Fender Stratocaster vs Single Coil Pickups.

The video above shows Fender Stratocaster Single Coil Pickups vs D’Allen Johnny Hiland Noiseless Pickups

This video shows the difference between Single Coil Telecaster pickups vs Joe Barden Danny Gatton Noiseless Pickups.