Tg test: af­ford­able speed ma­chines

With slim necks to match slim pock­et­books and double-lock­ing vi­bratos as stan­dard, these electrics are built to rock fast and hard

Total Guitar - - CONTENTS - Words Jonathanhors­ley / Pho­tog­ra­phy Ol­ly­cur­tis

You want it fast. You want it cheap. In this day and age, who doesn’t? But how re­al­is­tic is it to rock up at your lo­cal gui­tar em­po­rium and walk off witha shred-ready elec­tric for around 500 bucks? Well, as this month’s round-up proves, it’s more than fea­si­ble. We could have ex­tended this test to mod­els from Schecter, Jack­son and LTD, too, and hardly cov­ered all the bases. This month’s af­ford­able speed ma­chines are culled from ar­guably the most competitive mar­ket­place for gui­tar de­sign, and that’s great news for ev­ery­one – es­pe­cially when you have the hardy peren­nial Squier Stra­to­caster fit­ted with ac­tive pick­ups and a double-lock­ing Floyd Rose vi­brato for gui­tarists look­ing to take their lead game to the next level. It’s joined by two fis­cally re­spon­si­ble sig­na­ture mod­els in the form of the EVH Wolf­gang Stan­dard and Ibanez JEMJR, and Kramer’s wacko-span­dex retro-shred­der: the 84. All have dou­ble­lock­ing vi­brato units, zippy necks, lit­tle nips and tucks to ease you into an or­gias­tic dis­play of hemi-demi-semi-qua­vers. Pow­er­ful hum­buck­ers are the or­der of the day. Hell, these high-pow­ered electrics might even set your hair on fire. But, rest as­sured, they won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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