Guitarist

Over £3,000

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VIGIER G.V. HOLLOW £3,459

Patrice Vigier and his team have been making exceptiona­l guitars for a considerab­le number of years – and this G.V. Hollow might well be their finest to date. Despite its modernist features, it actually feels more like an old violin: perfectly shaped and weighted with nothing that gets in the way of its purpose. A guitar for the serious player with superb playabilit­y. www.vigierguit­ars.com

PRS MCCARTY £3,499

PRS’s original ‘vintage’ vision is updated to offer a very grown‑up appeal, with effortless playabilit­y. It also illustrate­s how far PRS has come over the past 26 years with a raft of seemingly small tweaks – unplated hardware, TCI tuned 58/15LT pickups and a new nitro‑over‑cellulose finish – that all add up to a superior and stellar guitar. www.prsguitars.com

PRS PAUL’S GUITAR £3,699

Constant improvemen­ts and new ideas mean that PRS’s Core models continue to evolve, and Paul Reed Smith’s signature guitar is no different. The 2019 model introduced the brand’s TCI pickups – the humbucking sounds ooze character, but it’s the single-coil voices that really seal the deal. This is the sort of instrument that makes you reevaluate your collection. www.prsguitars.com

FENDER CUSTOM SHOP VINTAGE CUSTOM ’58 JAZZMASTER £3,495

Aside from being a clever, fun concept, these Vintage Custom models with their new NOS finishes really do take us back to how a player might have felt picking up a Fender for the first time back in the day. If you’ve never ‘got’ Jazzmaster­s, this one might change your mind – if they all sounded this good then the model’s history might well have been different! www.fendercust­omshop.com

ANDERSON GUITARWORK­S GUARDIAN ANGEL £3,695

A superbly made ‘SuperStrat’ style guitar that takes Anderson’s 22-fret Drop Top Classic but adds two more frets and a ground-up remodel. The range of instrument­s and options is tantalisin­g – and no matter what your playing style or sensibilit­ies, we’d defy anyone not to find a guitar for life here. Heaven-sent build, playabilit­y and tones. www.andersongu­itarworks.com

SETH BACCUS NAUTILUS CLASSIC £4,299

Seth Baccus, the step-son of veteran UK maker Andy Manson, builds a small number of guitars per year in the UK, each one honed to perfection and beyond. This single-cut Nautilus Classic has a Spanish cedar back, figured maple top and glued-in flamed maple/rosewood neck. Exemplary craft and a unique style that presents the perfect blend of a Les Paul and a Telecaster. www.sethbaccus.com

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