All that said, £1,000 or $1,200 is still an important psychological price-point at which players rightly expect an instrument that ticks all of the ‘serious guitar’ boxes, and will do the business everywhere, from sticky club stages to YouTube, for many years to come. Five years on from the King Of The Blues’ death in 2015, aged 89, a new movie featuring Wendell Pierce as BB is in the works. Time to remind ourselves of just 20 of his countless great guitar moments. Pros Price. In our final part of our look at the stylings of the legendary Three Kings, we tackle the searing style of Freddie King. While the patent involves more than what we’re using here, the original idea was simple enough. Continuing our journey through the guitar styles of the legendary Three Kings, this time it’s the turn of Flying V-toting blue icon Albert. Very cool indeed. Fender knows better than to mess with the look of its most iconic guitar… Here’s a Part 1 guide to the man jokingly dubbed Slowhand. This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene. “The American Performer basses all use alnico V magnets with new magnet wire specs and shellac-dipped coils. We take a look back at Elephant – the duo’s heavy-hitting 2003 garage-rock masterpiece that unleashed rock’s last truly world-conquering riff. Our Verdict . “Dave Cobb is one of the best producers and engineers in the industry,” says Tim Shaw, the engineer behind the all-new Yosemite pickups in Fender’s American Performer Series. He’s famously driven and single-minded, constantly seeking out great instruments and unique sounds to build a unique catalogue of stellar guitar music. The August 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now. Wax-dipped pickups are ready for production use as soon as they’re cool enough to handle, while shellac has a drying time, and that may help explain why Fender has continued to use wax most often. The bridge pickup – admittedly a little nasal in isolation, but effective in a band context – can be softened without losing upper harmonics via judicious use of its dedicated Greasebucket-equipped tone control, while pulling the pot and bringing the neck pickup into the mix is a great secret weapon for slippery pseudo-Tele soul tones. “I made Dave a Tele bridge pickup with alnico IV magnets and a unique winding spec. The November 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Combining compression, boost and a powerful EQ section, could this unassuming grey box from Croatia be the ultimate tone-enhancer? Country music superstar Brad Paisley has a new signature Fender guitar - an Esquire with a secret weapon. Fender's pickup guru charts the genesis of the new pickups. Well, this guitar features a humbucker in the neck position, just the way Keith Richards likes it. © 2020 Guitar.com is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. The political uncertainty of recent times has seen the British pound hit record lows against the US dollar, and the prices of North American-made guitars and basses have risen accordingly. The November 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail. “He had an Esquire with a pickup that had been replaced or rewound many times and he couldn’t use it, so he asked me to come up with something interesting. 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We should point out that the American Performer Telecaster is also available in a traditional, two single coil layout at the same price. He’s famously driven and single-minded, constantly seeking out great instruments and unique sounds to build a unique catalogue of stellar guitar music. Alnico magnets have different recipes or chemical compositions, and these have a major effect on how they sound. Cons Limited colour choice. It’s not necessarily a big deal if you front a blues power-trio and mainly play bar gigs, but higher-ratio tuners can be a godsend when recording, especially in the context of modern pop arrangements that include lots of perfectly in-tune electronic sounds. No bigger than a chunky stompbox, Orange’s latest Terror is a fully fledged 20-watt amplifier complete with valve preamp and (sort of) channel switching. Combining compression, boost and a powerful EQ section, could this unassuming grey box from Croatia be the ultimate tone-enhancer? From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. As with the American Pro Series, we already knew the basic specs for the guitars and basses, and our test guitars were selected accordingly. Knowing this, I voiced these pickups in the series to work well with the wax potting. Leo Fender’s workers dipped pickups in wax, but in the 1960s many Fender pickups were dipped in shellac instead of wax, and the specific reason for that is long lost. We’ll be exploring this technology further on other new models!