Reviewed: Recording King Dirty 30's Series ROS 7 MBK
One of the biggest trends in guitar manufacturing in the last few years has been the rediscovery and even manufacturing of what over the years have been referred to as “pawn shop guitars”. Brands like Danelectro, Supro and Kay, which have not been made for many years are being made again and are in demand partly due to the popularity of bands like The White Stripes and The Black Keys . Even Fender have issued the Pawn Shop Series of instruments, which are built to look like they’ve been made from spare parts.
Reviewed: Recording King Dirty 1930s RPS-9P-TS
Recording King started as a house brand for Montgomery Ward in the 1930s originally made by companies like Gibson and Kay. The brand was discontinued in 1939 and original Recording King guitars, which are becoming increasingly rare can fetch large prices on the vintage guitar market.
Mixdown's 2019 Christmas Gift Guide: Guitars
Ho ho ho - where did the year go!? All of a sudden, the festive season has snuck up onto us once again, and if you're anything like us here at Mixdown, there's a good chance that you're probably incredibly disorganised. To prevent you from having to endure the agony of Michael Bublé churning out another frostbitten rendition of a Christmas carol down the aisles of your local department store, we've put together a comprehensive guide of all the hottest musical gifts to keep your eyes peeled for this festive season. If you've got your heart set on a new guitar appearing under the tree this Christmas - or a ukulele, or even a damn saxophone, then this is the list for you. Dive on in.
Reviewed: Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster Ziricote
After making waves in early 2019 with the release of their Acoustasonic Telecaster, Fender are doubling down with their latest update to the series. The artisanal newcomers are constructed from exotic tonewoods and are only limited to 250 units worldwide for each model (cocobolo, koa, and ziricote). Up for review is the ziricote variant which, in my humble opinion, looks the best out of the lot.
Reviewed: Yamaha Red Label Acoustic Series
I’ve always been a fan of the craftmanship of Japanese guitars. One of the first electric guitars I ever bought was a Japanese build, and it’s one that instantly impressed me since the moment I tried it in the shop around 20 years ago. Its construction is of such great quality, its likely I will likely keep with me for the rest of my years.
Reviewed: Tanglewood Guitars Java Super Folk Cutaway Acoustic
Tanglewood are a consistent performer in acoustic guitar productions. Their instruments are played worldwide and I think the Java Series of acoustic guitar reflect that in name and feel. The series is comprised of parlour, a dreadnought, acoustic bass, a 12 string model, and finally the Super Folk, a six string, Fishman equipped full-size acoustic guitar with a cutaway.
Reviewed: Tokai Terra Nova S4 Model Mini Acoustic-Electric
Tokai produce stellar, albeit very well-priced acoustic guitars. We’ve reviewed some larger siblings in previous issues, but the Tokai Terra Nova S4 Model Mini Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a standout.
Reviewed: Faith Guitars FVTB Trembesi Venus Cutaway
I remember seeing and reading about Patrick James Eggle in the very cool British publication ‘Guitarist’ in the late 90s. He had a range of guitars that showed (at least to me) some traditional stylings with a bit of his own flair. Being pre or early internet there wasn’t lots of information around so these odd glimpses in magazines was about all I could gather.