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Total Guitar - - THE GAS STATION - Rob Laing

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.

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