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Reviewed: Faith Guitars Nexus Neptune Electro
Guitars of all shapes and sizes attract a pretty diverse swarm of admirers. From the wide-eyed newly initiated seeking an upgrade from the shoebox they wandered out of Aldi with, through to the drooling, simian troglodyte ham-fistedly bashing away at the three riffs he’s stubbornly clung to since somebody let him loose on their baby at a backyard barbeque, all the way up to the sock, sandal and backpack donned septuagenarian getting all dewy and nostalgic about the Strat he sold when the kids showed up in the ‘70s on his weekly stroll down memory lane. From the casual observer to the well-versed chin-scratcher, no corner of the guitar globe is more suited to the discerning than the subtle variations of tonewood in the acoustic room.
Reviewed: Jackson Guitars SL2Q and SLX Soloist
Jackson have been a staple of metal and rock guitars and basses since Grover Jackson acquired Charvel guitars in the ‘70s. Synonymous with a seemingly endless list of big rock and metal acts, Jackson have continued to produce high quality instruments with a contemporary edge, and the SL2Q Pro Series Soloist and SLX Soloist both pay tribute to the timeless ‘Super Strat’ shape made famous by Jackson and Ibanez. The SLX Soloist is a budget-priced solid body electric with Duncan designed humbuckers, a Floyd Rose Special locking tremolo system and a red sparkle finish. The SL2Q, meanwhile, is a 24 jumbo-fretted solid body electric with dual Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers, a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo system and eye-catching ‘Purple Phaze’ finish.
Reviewed: NUX B-2 2.4 GHz Wireless System
If there’s one thing I fear more than anything else in life, it’s the ever-looming terror of tripping up over copious lengths of instrument cable while onstage. It’s a thought that plagues me in my darkest dreams – even going to other people’s gigs and spotting excessive leads poking out from instruments or pedalboards makes me anxious. Hell, the slightest kink or knot in a lead is enough to trigger me. It’s no secret that much of the music world despises instrument cables, yet we all seem to stick with them due to the oft-outrageous pricing of wireless transmitter rigs.