Ver­sa­tile solid bod­ies

Mar­ry­ing hum­buck­ing power to crisp sin­gle-coil cut, th­ese crowd-pleas­ing, high-spec electrics are built to do it all

Total Guitar - - THE GAS STATION -

We gui­tarists each have our own in­di­vid­ual gear needs, with some fea­tures essen­tial to our play­ing. But when shelling out £500 plus for a solid-bod­ied elec­tric, in ex­pectance of an in­stru­ment with heaps of pro-qual­ity fea­tures, the mind wan­ders. We imag­ine, or rather, we re­mem­ber all the dif­fer­ent styles that we’d like to play, all the tonal op­tions that might not be mis­sion-crit­i­cal but are, none­the­less, hugely de­sir­able. This month’s round-up is for all those wracked with doubts: the metal head who plays Talk­ing Heads cov­ers in a wed­ding band, the ses­sion play­ers, the teach­ers – and those who haven’t re­ally de­cided on what sort of gui­tarist they want to be. Per­haps that’s most of us. Th­ese gui­tars are spec’d for ver­sa­til­ity, with coil-split­ting hum­buck­ers of­fer­ing a wide spec­trum of tone, and all are em­i­nently playable. We have a Yamaha Paci­fica 611 VFMX, a Charvel Pro Mod San Di­mas Style 2 HH HT, Schecter Ban­shee-6 Ex­treme and a Fender Deluxe Stra­to­caster HSS. The Paci­fica and the Strat are ubiq­ui­tous stan­dard bear­ers, thought­fully re­tooled, while Charvel and Schecter prove that you can build a gui­tar to shred and re­tain a softer un­der­belly for blues, soul, funk... what­ever. Some­times the ‘what­ever’ is what we wanted all along.

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