Diamond Guitars Barchetta LT- T Electric Guitar
Diamond’s guitar line is quite varied, from all-out heavy metal guitars to classic rock machines and blues-friendly designs. The Barchetta (pronounced ‘barketta) LT-T seems to be pitched at more of a ‘budget all-rounder’ market, with looks that are stylised without being too aggressive, and features that are simple but adaptable.
Guild Guitars Starfire V Electric Guitar
Guild have been around since 1953 and their instruments have been donned by players in a range of styles, from jazz to rock to blues and pop. Acoustics, solid bodies, archtops and the odd funky in between guitar have also seen Guild run the gamut of models, specs and shapes. While their vintage instruments still very much revered, their newer models continue the original tones and aesthetics that have made them such a sought after builder. One popular model has been the Starfire.
DIAMOND GUITARS IMPERIAL AB WITH BIGSBY VIBRATO
As we saw with the Hell_ re last month, Diamond is a company that’s not afraid to put its own very unique stamp on classic designs. The Imperial AB with Bigsby follows the general Diamond template that feels familiar while remaining completely different to anything you’ve ever seen before.
DIAMOND GUITARS HAILFIRE SM ELECTRIC GUITAR
Just to clear up the confusion, this company was initially known as DBZ (after Dean B Zelinsky), then Diamond DBZ, and are now simply Diamond Guitars. If you’re familiar with Jeff Diamant’s Diamond amps, this is the same company. I’ve been following this line since their inception and I can honestly say they’ve made some of the most rapid progress of any guitar brand I’ve seen - in playability, overall quality and most definitely in the uniqueness and technical perfection of their finishes. Some of the stuff that was on show at NAMM was flat out amazing.
GODIN SESSION CUSTOM TRIPLEPLAY ELECTRIC GUITAR
From the selection of Godin guitars we’ve seen through Mixdown over the last few years, they seem to offer a greal point of difference in their range of solid body, acoustic and archtop/hollowbody instruments. They’ve shown that they’re innovative, unique and built to last both physically and aesthetically to boot! Now they’re combining the ‘TriplePlay’ Wireless Guitar Midi Controller from the ever evolving Fishman brand into one of their own ‘Session Custom’ guitars. Godin now offers classic and modern electric guitar tones with midi controller capabilities.
GODIN MONTREAL PREMIERE
Hailing from Canada, Godin have an interesting setup with six separate factories throughout the country producing their range of acoustic and electric guitars. The thinking is that although there are some added logistics, the smaller factory sizes promotes a more intimate and involved working environment and that is then reflected in the instruments they make.
TOKAI TRADITIONAL SERIES JUNIOR SG
We’ve seen a lot of Tokai guitars through the Mixdown office doors, and typically they’ve been great guitars at easy on the wallet prices. This month we’re taking a look at Tokai’s take on the classic SG solid body electric guitar, a shape that’s instantly recognisable and has done the rounds on many a rock album. So slip on your tight black jeans, crank up your amp and let’s check it out.
GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD 2015 H3
What needs to be changed or added to the classic LP Standard you might ask? I bet you’re not alone in pondering such a question, but you have to give it to Gibson for trying new things and adding variation to their specs. This 2015 number does have some departures from the more traditional models with its wider neck, zero fret adjustable nut and G Force tuning, but also retains the classic LP shape with this example a gorgeous ‘Heritage Cherry Sunburst Candy’. Slightly lighter than the Deluxe at around 2.49 kgs, the Standard also features maple and mahogany as the woods of choice and comes in a gold coloured hard case.