Posts tagged ‘R-JAM’

17/08/2017

Valeton Dapper – Now on SoundCloud

Maahantuoja: R-JAM Group

11/08/2017

Valeton Dapper ::: Testi tulossa ::: Review coming soon

Maahantuoja: R-JAM Group

27/08/2014

Review: Hotone Audio Skyline pedals

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Hotone Skyline – spread

Some of the cuddliest pieces of equipment at this year’s Frankfurt Musikmesse came in the guise of Hotone Audio’s ranges of micro-sized effect pedals and amplifier heads.

Hotone Skyline – row angle 2

The special eye-catcher with the Skyline-series pedals is the transparent Gibson-style control at their front end.

Hotone Skyline – front LEDs

Two coloured status-LEDs behind the transparent knob light up, whenever the effect is switched on.

Naturally, you cannot fit a nine volt battery inside such a tiny pedal, which is why Hotone Skyline pedals have to get their juice from a power supply (9 V, negative centre – not included).

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Hotone Skyline – Blues top

The dark blue Hotone Blues (current price in Finland: 65 €) is an overdrive pedal specialised in producing juicy Blues tones by using a pair of overdrive circuits wired up in series.

Hotone Skyline – Blues right

The big knob is for gain adjustment, while the two noctilucent (meaning: they glow in the dark) knobs deal with tone and master volume, respectively.

Hotone Skyline – Blues left

Engaging the Fat-button adds a bigger bottom end to proceedings.

Listen to Hotone’s own demo of the Blues pedal:

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Hotone Skyline – Choir top

Hotone’s Choir pedal (65 €) comes in a fetching baby blue colour scheme. This is the analogue chorus pedal of the Skyline series, built around a Panasonic BBD MN3207 bucket-brigade chip.

Hotone Skyline – Choir right

The Gibson-knob controls speed, while chorus depth and effect are controlled by the smaller knobs.

Hotone Skyline – Choir left

Depressing the Deep-switch will send you to the bubbly depths of psychedelia.

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Hotone Skyline – Eko top

The Hotone Eko (65 €) is a delay offering you some analogue character.

Hotone Skyline – Eko right

The Eko’s maximum delay time is around 500 ms, which is long enough for most Rockabilly, Rock and Pop applications, but maybe just a bit too short for serious Brian May-style layering.

Hotone Skyline – Eko left

The Mod feature adds a sprinkle of tape-style wow and flutter to your delay sound.

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Hotone Skyline – Grass top

The Skyline series also includes a Tube Screamer-inspired vintage overdrive, called the Hotone Grass (65 €).

Hotone Skyline – Grass right

The pedal offers you controls for gain, volume and Voice (tone).

Hotone Skyline – Grass left

The BRT-switch (for ”bright”) adds top end bite to your tone.

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Hotone Skyline – Octa top

One of Hotone’s newest pedals – the Octa (80 €) – is an octaver that features both ”octave down” (OCT1), as well as ”octave up” (OCT2) signal in two different operating modes.

Hotone Skyline – Octa right

The regular Clean-mode is polyphonic, meaning you can play chords, too.

Hotone Skyline – Octa left

Octa’s Dirty-mode gives you a vintage-style, monophonic experience (you can only play single note runs), and sounds funky and greasy (in a good way).

And yes, you can use the Hotone Octa with your bass, too!

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Hotone Skyline – Trem top

Hotone’s Trem (65 €) is an über-compact – yes, you guessed it – opto-tremolo pedal.

Hotone Skyline – Trem right

In addition to tremolo speed and depth you can also adjust the tone colour of the effect.

Hotone Skyline – Trem left

When choosing the Hard-mode the trem effect changes from a smooth, sine-style wobble to a harder on/off-type effect.

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Hotone Skyline – six in a row

Despite their diminutive size Hotone’s Skyline-pedals aren’t toys, but grown up guitar effects!

Their zinc-alloy casing seems to be very sturdy, while the bent metal rod north of the footswitch works effectively in preventing your foot from hitting the pedal controls. Each pedal comes with two stick-on base covers – the non-slip rubber-type cover is for straight-on-the-floor use, while the velcro-style counterpart makes creating a micro-sized pedalboard possible.

The large control knobs aren’t just a visual gimmick, but also make it much easier to place three controls on such small pedals.

In terms of effect quality Hotone’s Skyline series is straightforward in the best sense of the word. Each of the six pedals I tried does exactly what you’d expect it to do, winning me over with a very decent sound. At these low prices you’d be crazy to expect esoteric boutique-quality effects, instead the Hotone Skyline pedals proved to be great guitar effects for your everyday needs.

I recorded a demo song with the review sextet:

• rhythm guitars: Hotone Choir (panned left), Hotone Trem (centre) and Hotone Eko (right)

• lead guitars: 1. Hotone Blues, 2. Hotone Octa, and 3. Hotone Grass

I used my Gibson SG Melody Maker for all of the guitar tracks, played through a Blackstar HT-1R valve combo:

Hotone Skyline – row angle 1

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Hotone Audio Skyline Series

Current prices in Finland: 65-80 €

Finnish distributor: R-Jam Group

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Pros:

+ size

+ value-for-money

+ sound

Hotone Skyline – all knobs

18/08/2014

Testipenkissä: Hotone Audio Skyline -pedaalit

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Hotone Skyline – spread

Yksi todellinen valopilkku tämänvuotisessa Frankfurt Musikmessessä oli Hotone Audion mallisto mikrokokoisia efektipedaaleja ja vahvistinnuppeja.

Hotone Skyline – row angle 2

Skyline-sarjan pikkupedaalien visuaalinen juju piilee niiden isokokoisissa, Gibson-tyylisissä säätimissä kotelon etupuolella.

Hotone Skyline – front LEDs

Nupin takana on upotettu kaksi värillistä LEDiä.

Tällaisiin pikkulootiin ei luonnollisesti mahdu paristoja sisään, minkä takia Hotone Skyline -efektit toimivat Boss-standardia noutavalla virtalähteellä (9 V, miinus keskellä – ei kuulu hintaan).

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Hotone Skyline – Blues top

Sininen Hotone Blues (65 €) on Blues-säröihin erikoistunut säröpedaali, joka saa kermaiset soundinsa kaksivaiheisesta overdrive-piiristä.

Hotone Skyline – Blues right

Isolla nupilla säädetään efektin gain-määrää, kun taas pienet valkoiset säätimet toimivat tonena ja master volumena.

Hotone Skyline – Blues left

Fat-kytkimellä saadaan lisää tuhtia alakertaa menoihin.

Tässä on Hotonen oma Blues-pedaalin demo:

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Hotone Skyline – Choir top

Vaaleansininen Hotone Choir (65 €) on Skyline-sarjan analoginen choruspedaali, ja se perustuu Panasonic BBD MN3207 -”ämpäriketjuun”.

Hotone Skyline – Choir right

Gibson-nupilla määrätään vatkauksen nopeutta, kun taas pikkusäätimillä säädetään efektoidun signaalin voimakkuutta ja efektin syvyyttä.

Hotone Skyline – Choir left

Deep-kytkintä painamalla saa efektistä vielä syvemmän.

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Hotone Skyline – Eko top

Hotone Eko (65 €) on firman analogimallinnuksella varustettu digitaalinen viive.

Hotone Skyline – Eko right

Ekon maksimaalinen viiveaika on noin 500 ms, mikä kattaa hyvin tyypilliset Rautalanka-, Pop- ja Rock-musiikin tarpeet.

Hotone Skyline – Eko left

Mod-kytkimellä voi lisätä viive-efektiin nauhakaiku-tyylistä huojuntaa ja modulaatiota.

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Hotone Skyline – Grass top

Skyline-sarjan vintage-tyylinen overdrive-särö on nimeltään Hotone Grass (65 €).

Hotone Skyline – Grass right

Pedaalissa on säätimet gainea, äänensävyä ja lähtötasoa varten.

Hotone Skyline – Grass left

BRT-kytkimellä saa esiin lisää purevuutta.

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Hotone Skyline – Octa top

Hotonen uusin pedaali – Octa (80 €) – on oktaaveri, joka tarjoaa sekä ala- (OCT1) että yläoktaavin (OCT2), ja sillä on sen lisäksi vielä kaksi eri toimintamoodia.

Hotone Skyline – Octa right

Puhtaassa ja polyfonisessa perusmoodissa on mahdollista soittaa jopa sointuja.

Hotone Skyline – Octa left

Dirty-moodissa pedaali muuttuu monofoniseksi, ja efektin soundista tulee – vanhan analogioktaaverin tavoin – herkullisen likainen.

Hotone Octa -pedaalia voi muuten käyttää myös basson kanssa!

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Hotone Skyline – Trem top

Hotone Trem (65 €) on optotremolo erittäin kompaktissa koossa.

Hotone Skyline – Trem right

Tremoloefektin nopeuden ja syvyyden lisäksi pystyy Trem-pedaalissa säätämään myös efektin soundia.

Hotone Skyline – Trem left

Painamalla Hard-kytkimen sisään tremoloefekti muuttuu pehmeästä siniaalto-kaltaisesta soundista, enemmän on/off-tyyppiseen soundiin.

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Hotone Skyline – six in a row

Pienuudesta ja hauskasta ulkonäöstä huolimatta Hotonen Skyline -sarjan pedaalit eivät ole leluja, vaan ihan oikeita kitaraefektejä.

Sinkistä valettu kotelo tuntuu hyvin kestävältä, ja jalkakytkimen yläpuolelle asennettu metallikaari suojaa pieniä säätimiä tehokkaasti polkaisujen voimalta. Jokaisen pedaalin mukaan tulee sekä paksu kumimainen pohja että tarranauhapohja – käyttäjä voi liimata sopivimman pohjan käyttötarkoituksen mukaan efektipedaalin pohjaan.

Kotelon etupuoleen sijoitettu säädin ei ole vain visuaalinen kikka, vaan se helpottaa myös tuntuvasti kolmen säätimien (ja yhden kytkimen) käyttöä näin pienikokoisessa paketissa.

Soundillisesti Hotonen Skyline-sarja on suoraviivainen ja mutkaton sanojen parhaassa merkityksessä. Jokainen kokeilemani pedaali teki juuri sitä mitä siltä odotin, ja pedaalimallisto vakuutti minut hyvillä soundeillaan. Tarjolla ei ehkä ole esoterista putiikkilaatua – ja olisi hullua odottaa sellaista näin edullisista efekteistä – mutta jokainen testaamani Hotone Skyline -pedaali on hyvin käyttökelpoinen ja inspiroiva ”jokapäivän efekti”.

Äänitin seuraavan demobiisin kaikki kitararaidat Hotone-pikkupedaaleilla:

• komppiraidat: Hotone Choir (vasemmalla), Hotone Trem (keskellä) ja Hotone Eko (oikealla)

• liidit: 1. Hotone Blues, 2. Hotone Octa ja 3. Hotone Grass

Käytin kaikissa raidoissa Gibson SG Melody Maker -kitarani, sekä Blackstar HT-1R -putkikombon:

Hotone Skyline – row angle 1

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Hotone Audio Skyline Series

Hinnat: 65-80 €

Maahantuoja: R-Jam Group

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Plussat:

+ koko

+ hinta-laatu-suhde

+ soundi

Hotone Skyline – all knobs

14/08/2014

Hotone Audio Skyline series – the video

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Hotone Skyline – row angle 1

13/08/2014

Tulossa ensi maanantaina: Hotone Skyline -sarjan pedaaleja

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Hotone – teaser

Hotone Green – teaser

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Lisätiedot: R-JAM Group

19/06/2014

Tulossa ensi viikolla – Hotone

Hotone Green – teaser

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Lisätiedot: R-JAM Group

05/06/2014

Hotone – tulossa kesäkuussa

Hotone – teaser

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Lisätiedot: R-JAM Group

04/06/2014

Review: Italia Fiorano Standard + Mondial Deluxe

Italia Fiorano Standard – full front

The Italia Fiorano Standard (price in Finland approx.  640 €) is a beautiful thinline, double-cutaway semi.

The Fiorano’s body is made by routing large pockets into the front of a solid mahogany body. In contrast to Italia’s Rimini 6 or Mondial Deluxe models the Fiorano doesn’t have a full centre block, though, but features an opening in the block between the guitar’s pickups. The body is then finished by glueing on a bound spruce top.

Italia Fiorano Standard – headstock

Hard rock maple is used for the Fiorano Standard’s neck.

Italia Fiorano Standard – tuners

The modern tuning machines are embossed with the I-for-Italia logo, and work very nicely.

Italia Fiorano Standard – fretboard

The bound fretboard sports Italia’s stylish inlays, consisting of pearloid blocks and abalone dots.

Italia Fiorano Standard – body beauty 2

The Fiorano Standard’s neck is glued in at the 19th fret.

Italia Fiorano Standard – bridge

Great to see Italia using a modern version of the venerable Tune-o-Matic-bridge. The updated design does away with the annoying and ever-rattling piece of wire, used to keep the bridge saddles in place in the vintage version.

Italia Fiorano Standard – tailpiece

The snazzy chrome tailpiece adds its own bit of panache to this stylish semi.

Italia Fiorano Standard – pickups

As you might know by now, I’m something of a P-90 fan. The Fiorano Standard comes equipped with not one, but two of my favourite pickups. These are made by Wilkinson and come with chromed dog-ear covers.

Italia Fiorano Standard – controls

Like many of Italia’s models, the Fiorano also features a sping-suspended plastic tray as an unusual control cavity cover. The electronics comprise a three-way toggle, as well as master volume and tone controls.

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Italia Mondial Deluxe – full front

Italia’s Mondial Deluxe (price in Finland approx. 675 €) is a genuine semiacoustic hybrid, offering you a piezo-equipped bridge (and active preamp) for acoustic-style guitar sounds alongside its traditional magnetic humbuckers.

Thinline-type mahogany body is mated to a maple top, which sports a very fetching Rickenbacker/Mosrite-style German Carve -edge. The top’s edges have been left natural, constituting what is usually called ”fake binding”.

Italia Mondial Deluxe – back beauty

The Mondial comes with a set maple neck.

You can also see the quick-release battery compartment for the 9 V battery used to power the piezo preamp.

Italia Mondial Deluxe – headstock

Italia’s top nut is made from a self-lubricating material containing graphite.

Italia Mondial Deluxe – tuners

We find the same decent-quality tuners on Mondial Deluxe as on the Fiorano.

Italia Mondial Deluxe – fingerboard

Look at the all the nice hues of blues and greens in the guitar’s abalone dots!

Italia Mondial Deluxe – piezo bridge

The Mondial’s bridge may look identical to the Fiorano’s, but this here is a piezo-equipped model. There’s a thin lead going from beneath the bridge and through the maple top to feed the piezo signal to the preamp.

Italia Mondial Deluxe – tailpiece

”I” – stands for Italia…

Italia Mondial Deluxe – pickups

Two vintage-voiced Wilkinson WVC-humbuckers handle magnetic duties on the Mondial Deluxe.

Italia Mondial Deluxe – piezo EQ

The sliders on the guitar’s shoulder control the piezo side’s three-band EQ.

Italia Mondial Deluxe – controls

The magnetic signal is fed to a three-way toggle selector and master volume and tone controls.

There’s a dedicated volume control for the piezo signal, as well as a second output jack, enabling you to feed the acoustic side to a mixing console or a dedicated acoustic amplifier.

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Italia Fiorano Standard – beauty shot 1+

Italia’s Fiorano Standard is just the guiar for me. It is comfortably lightweight and balances nicely. Its relatively thin body sits nicely against your belly/ribcage, even without any contouring or bevels.

The neck has a nice, mid-depth C-profile, which will feel comfortable to most players. The Fiorano arrived extremely well set-up with a slinky action (E: 1.9 mm/e: 1.7 mm).

Even if you cannot expect a thinline guitar, such as the Fiorano Standard, to out-shout a fat Jazz guitar, the Italia’s spruce-topped mahogany body results in a warm and woody acoustic voice.

In my opinion, P-90s are the best choice for a guitar of this type, because their singlecoil construction makes for a more percussive and dynamic tone than what you’d get from a creamy humbucker.

Played into a clean amp channel you’ll get a nice, clucky attack and a open, yet strong overall voice, that will fit Jazz just as well as Brit Pop, Country, Blues or early Rock’n’Roll (why not add a Bigsby, perhaps?):

If you’re after warm, rich and dynamic dirty tones P-90s are just the ticket! The Fiorano Standard will work great for any Beatles-, Kinks- or Who-inspired player, as well as George Thorogood-style electric Blues:

Italia Fiorano Standard – beauty shot 2

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Italia Mondial Deluxe – beauty shot 1+

Italia’s Mondial Deluxe is a medium-weight instrument. The well-executed German Carve and very clean fake binding make this guitar look more expensive than it really is.

The neck’s D-profile feels really good. Thanks to its clean fretwork and fine set-up this instrument also plays great (E: 2.0 mm/e: 1.3 mm).

Unplugged, Italia’s Mondial Deluxe is rather quiet, but its fresh acoustic voice and clear attack bode well for things to come.

This hybrid’s piezo sound was the real surprise for me in this review. Italia’s piezo system simply sounds that good and genuinely ”acoustic”:

Naturally, it’s good to hear the Mondial’s magnetic side perform to equally high standards. This guitar’s vintage-voiced Wilkinsons do a fine job of translating the Mondial’s fresh unplugged voice into nice clean tones:

Switching over to the distortion channel will turn the Mondial into a Seventies-style Blues Rock machine:

Italia Mondial Deluxe – beauty shot 2

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Italia Fiorano Standard – body beauty 1

It’s nigh on impossible not to get a crush on these Italia-guitars: Both the Fiorano Standard and the Mondial Deluxe are distinctly different from the mainstream of guitars on the market, but their design idiosyncrasies  never get in the way of easy playability and great sound. If you want to steer clear of the usual copies, bust still look for a guitar with its own charm, you should definitely check out an Italia.

Italia Mondial Deluxe – body beauty 1

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Italia Guitars – Fiorano Standard + Mondial Deluxe

Fiorano Standard – approx. 640 €

Mondial Deluxe – approx. 675 €

Finnish distributor: R-JAM Group

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Pros (both models):

+ idiosyncratic design

+ workmanship

+ finish

+ playability

+ sound

07/05/2014

Review: Italia Maranello Classic + Rimini 6

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Now Italia Guitars are finally available in Finland!

Italia is a new brand on the Finnish market, even though these guitars have been available in many EU-countries for 15 years already. Italia Guitars is the joint effort of South Korean guitar factory Mirr Music and British guitar guru Trev Wilkinson. Wilkinson’s list of achievements is long and illustrious, including inventions such as the Wilkinson-vibrato and his roller nut, as well as instrument designs for Vintage (by JHS) and his own Fret-King brand.

The basic concept behind Italia Guitars is to come up with instruments that are imbued with the quirky charm of European electric guitars from the Fifties and Sixties, but which feature up-to-date playability and reliable electronics.

Italia’s distributor in Finland is R-JAM Group.

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Italia Maranello Classic – full front

The Italia Maranello Classic (price in Finland around 640 €) is this brand’s best-known model, which has even found its way into the hands (and heart) of British songwriter and slide guitarist Chris Rea.

This model takes its inspiration from Hagström’s first solidbody electric, the P46, which has also been sold in North America under the Guyatone banner. In terms of its looks, the Maranello is a dead ringer for the P46, but the Italia’s electronic department clearly has been streamlined to make it a more sensible affair.

Italia Maranello Classic – full back

The Maranello Classic is quite a looker, sporting many hallmarks of classic Sixties designs.

The agathis body’s curved front comes in a gold sparkle metal finish, while the back of the body, as well as the neck, have received a pearloid coating.

Italia Maranello Classic – neck plate

The maple neck is screwed onto the body with two screws, which can be found beneath a snazzy cover plate.

Italia Maranello Classic – headstock

A truss rod access at the headstock end, as well as a self-lubricating top nut are distinctly modern features…

Italia Maranello Classic – tuners

…as are the Maranello’s sealed tuning machines.

Italia Maranello Classic – fingerboard

The position markers are large block inlays. The bound rosewood fingerboard sports 22 medium-jumbo frets.

Italia Maranello Classic – bridge

This Italia comes with a modern, Wilkinson-branded tune-o-matic bridge. The tailpiece, which rests on ferules, has been lifted straight off the old trapezes used in some Gibson- and Epiphone-semis.

Italia Maranello Classic – pickups 2

The Maranello Classic comes equipped with a pair of Wilkinson WVC-humbuckers, which are Trev Wilkinson’s own version of the legendary PAF-humbucker.

Italia Maranello Classic – controls

All of the electronic parts on the Maranello – pickups, controls, and all – have been mounted onto a large cover-plate made stiff plastic, which is height adjustable, thanks to being suspended on top of metal springs.

This is an idea originally used on the Hagström P46. Italia Guitars are using a smaller, oval version of this – holding only the pickup switch, as well as the controls – on some of their other models.

Italia Maranello Classic – body beauty 1

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Italia Rimini 6 – full front

Italia’s Rimini 6 (price in Finland around 645 €) is rather reminiscent of the Rickenbacker 360, although it isn’t a straight copy of this classic guitar at all .

The Rimini 6 has a semiacoustic body made from solid agathis. The body blank is then routed out from the back, creating large cavities to both sides of a solid centre block. The body is then completed by glueing on a solid ash back.

Our review sample comes in a very fetching ”black” pearloid finish (some would call it ”bowling ball” or ”mother of toilet seat”), but you can also get your Rimini in a traditional colour finish, such as sunburst (sans the pearloid).

Italia Rimini 6 – back beauty 2

The black sunburst finish of the Rimini’s back shows off its beautiful grain nicely.

The model is built with a set maple neck.

Italia Rimini 6 – headstock

The headstock on the Italia Rimini 6 doffs its hat in Rickenbacker’s direction:

The legendary US brand had come up with a very nifty design for the headstocks of their 12-string electrics, which has the normally-tuned strings fixed to tuners installed to the headstock’s underside (like the Rimini’s bass strings), while the octave-strings are fed to tuning heads installed from the side (like the Rimini’s treble strings).

Italia Rimini 6 – tuners

The Rimini’s modern tuners carry Italia Guitars’ stylised I-logo.

Italia Rimini 6 – fingerboard

Simple, but beautiful – the position markers combine blocks with small abalone-dots.

Italia Rimini 6 – bridge

The Rimini 6 is equipped with a modern version of the tune-o-matic bridge, too.

Italia Rimini 6 – tailpiece

The large, chromed tailpiece adds still more visual bling to proceedings.

Italia Rimini 6 – pickups

I believe we can expect to hear some suitably fresh tones from the Rimini 6’s alnico-powered Wilkinson WMC-minihumbuckers.

Italia Rimini 6 – controls

The guitar’s controls comprise a three-way toggle switch, as well as controls for master volume and master tone.

Italia Rimini 6 – electronics

Removing the plastic tray gives us a good look at Italia’s clean workmanship and the very decent components used.

Italia Rimini 6 – body beauty 1

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Italia Maranello Classic – beauty shot 1

The Italia Maranello Classic has a shape and weight similar to a Gibson Les Paul, even though the Maranello features a slightly longer scale (63.5 cm/25″). Depending on your playing style, the placement of the toggle switch right beneath the neck pickup might lead to some involuntary pickup switching, at least in the very beginning.

I really like this guitar’s fat and round D-profile, giving you something to hold on to.

The Maranello Classic had received a pro setup (at Guitarworx) before leaving R-Jam Group’s headquarters, which resulted in a very comfortable action (E: 2.0 mm/e: 1.4 mm) without any annoying rattling.

The Maranello’s acoustic tone contains more than a hint of semi-style hollowness, no doubt thanks to the large pickup and electronics routing and the huge plastic scratchplate/tray.

Some of this open acoustic character is also carried over into the Maranello Classic’s amplified sounds, which adds a welcome degree of liveliness. Wilkinson’s alnico-equipped WVC-humbuckers have a nice vintage-style tonality at moderate output levels.

Modern Metal- and Hard Rock-styles aren’t probably the best environment for this Italia-model, because the Maranello’s large plastic cover tends to add a slight bit of microphonics. On the other hand, I don’t think this guitar is aimed at the Thrash-metaller. Instead, the Maranello Classic is a great guitar for classic Blues, Rock, Jazz and Pop!

Italia Maranello Classic – back beauty 1

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Italia Rimini 6 – beauty shot 1

Wow, what a compact and lightweight guitar! The Rimini 6 feels great, both played seated and standing up with a strap, and balances very nicely.

The neck has an oval, C-type profile, and comes with a Rickenbacker-style scale (62.8 cm/24.75″). The medium-jumbo frets, as well as the great setup and low action (E: 1.9 mm/e: 1.3 mm), result in a very light and fast touch, turning this guitar into a natural extension of the player’s body.

Acoustically, the Rimini 6 sounds very open and fresh.

Like the P-90, a minihumbucker could be described as a sonic compromise between a Fender-style singlecoil and a full-blown humbucker. The minihumbucker’s great advantage over the P-90 lies in the former’s immunity against electromagnetic interference.

This Italia has fine ringing tone with a piano-like attack, which is never brittle or grating. These Wilkinson-pickups sound fantastic and offer enough output to take you from authentic Sixties-sounds (think Beatles, Byrds and early Who) all the way to more grittier stuff (think Paul Weller or Peter Buck).

Italia Rimini 6 – back beauty 1

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Italia Maranello Classic – body beauty 2

Italia Guitars’ Maranello Classic ja Rimini 6 are quality instruments, which manage to combine vintage looks and quirkiness with easy playability and great tone.If you’re on the lookout for a cool guitar off the beaten track, you should really give one of these Italia-models a try!

Italia Rimini 6 – body beauty 2

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Italia Guitars – Maranello Classic + Rimini 6

Maranello Classic – approx. 640 €

Rimini 6 – pearloid-version (as tested) approx. 645 €, basic version approx. 615 €

Finnish distributor: R-JAM Group

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Pros (both models):

+ cool, idiosyncratic design

+ workmanship

+ quality of finish

+ playability

+ sound

Cons (only Maranello):

– small dark spot in finish next to output jack