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So far, so good, but we think the real story is the mid position. Or should we say, positions. The P-90 / humbucker mid position is one of the great unsung tones for rhythm – you get the meat and the girth with openness and personality, plus a little bite. But the whole deal gets sweetened and sharpened by the coil-splitting on offer.
Engaged on the bridge, it unleashes a degree of spank that recalls a broader take on the mid position of a Strat, casting an even wider net with this versatile Explorer into blues and even funk.
The coil split for the mid position is just right for bringing a little twang character to some of the moodier post rock-influenced clean work Malia employs in songs like Blessed With A Curse. It offers presence and personality to single notes but it’s great for jangly mellow strumming and fingerstyle too, shaping to taste with the tone control. We’re not sure if we’ve ever encountered a middle position on a guitar that’s so addictive.
If the look appeals, you may well be surprised at where this guitar takes you – so much so we’d really like to see this pickup configuration on even more guitars. It covers a lot of ground – and its tone becomes the real story here – over its shape, aesthetic and where you stand on Lee Malia’s band. In that respect it’s a winner of a signature model.
Goldhardwaregives this guitar rock credentials