Posts tagged ‘Squier’

29/09/2017

Testipenkissä: Markbass EVO 1

Upouusi Markbass EVO1 on digitaalinen mallintava bassovahvistin, jossa on kuitenkin pyritty pitämään teknologia visusti taustalla, jotta nuppia olisi mahdollisimman helppo käyttää.

Italialainen Markbass on tunnettu edelläkävijänä, etenkin D-luokan päätevahvistimien käytön suhteen, joiden ansiosta hyvin tehokkaatkin vahvistimet voivat olla kompakteja ja kevyitä. Kahden räkkiyksikön (räkkiraudat löytyvät paketista) kokoinen EVO1 tarjoaa 500 wattia neljään ohmiin tai 300 wattia kahdeksaan ohmiin. Uutuusnuppia voi myös käyttää ilman kaappia, sillä D-luokan päätevahvistin ei rikkoudu kaapin tuoman vastuksen puutteesta.

Markbass EVO1 on kaksikanavainen bassonuppi digitaalisella etuasteella. Kukin kanava tarjoaa kuusi erilaista vahvistintyyppiä, jotka on valittavissa kiertokytkimillä. Tehdasasetuksissa nuppi tarjoaa 12 vahvistinmallinusta (kuusi per kanava), mutta Markbassin ilmaisella EVO1-softalla (Win/Mac) vahvistintyyppien paikkoja voi vapaasti vaihtaa USB-yhteyden välityksellä. Käyttäjä pystyy myös käyttämään molemmissa kanavissa samoja mallinnuksia biamping-tyylisiä soundeja varten.

Tällä hetkellä EVO1-nupista löytyy seuraavat vahvistinmallinnukset:

• Markbass Little Mark III
• Trace Elliot GP12
• Gallien-Krueger RB700
• Ampeg SVT-VR Blue Line
• Markbass TTE 500
• Sunn T
• Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver
• SWR Red Head
• Ampeg SVT-VR Blue Line Plus
• Fender Bassman
• Vox AC120
• Marshall Major

EVO1:n kanavia voi käyttää yksitellen, yhdessä tai siten, että kanavoihin on kytketty eri soittimet (esim. Presari “Fender-kanavaan” ja Rickenbacker “Marshall-kanavaan”). Molemmat kanavat tarjoavat omat Gain- ja Level-säätimet, sekä kolmikaistaiset EQ-osastot. Kummallakin kanavalla on myös yksi oma insert-efektinsä, jota säädetään FX-nupilla enemmän-vähemmän-periaatteella. Vahvistimen tullessa tehtaalta, ykköskanavalle on ladattu kompressori ja kakkoskanavalle chorus-efekti. EVO1-softalla pystyy kuitenkin asettamaan kullekin kanavalle mieleisensä EVO1:n tarjoamasta kuudesta efektistä sekä säätämään kolme efektiparametriä per kanava. Olen melko varma, että tulevaisuuden firmware-versiot tulevat laajentamaan sekä vahvistin- että efektivalikoimaa entisestään.

Sekä etupaneelin Boost-ledi että EVO1-softan boost-säädin paljastavat, että nuppiin on piilotettu boosteri. Boostin saa kytkettyä päälle ja pois ainoastaan lisävarusteina saatavilla EVO1 Controller -kytkinyksiköillä tai MIDI-käskyillä. Markbass-nupin sisäisellä viritysmittarilla soittimen voi luonnollisesti virittää standardivireeseen, mutta virettä voi myös madaltaa puolikkaan tai kokonaisen sävelaskeleen verran.

EVO1:n takapaneelista löytyy kolme kaappilähtöä sekä erilliset efektilenkit molemmille kanaville. Paneelista löytyy myös kaksi linjatasoista XLR-lähtöä, jotka on kytketty siten, että ns. Pre Mix -tilassa kummallekin kanavalle on oma lähtö, kun taas Post Mix -moodissa kanavien yhteen miksattu signaali kuuluu kummastakin lähdöstä.

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Markbass EVO1 ei ole ensimmäinen digitaalinen, mallintava bassovahvistin, mutta se on mielestäni tällä hetkellä ylivoimaisesti paras.

Miksi? No siksi, koska se on ensisijaisesti helppokäyttöinen kaksikanavainen pro-tason bassonuppi. Vaikka EVO1:n etuvahvistin on täysin digitaalinen, vahvistin soi luonnollisella, aidolla ja “analogisella” äänellä, täysin ilman digitaalisia artefakteja tai latency-viivettä.

Minusta on myös todella hyvä, että Markbass ei ole sisällyttänyt EVO1-nuppiin mitään tarpeettomia ominaisuuksia. Uutuusnupissa ei ole monimutkaista valikkorakennetta tai 100 user-presettiä. On pyritty toteuttaa helppokäyttöinen kaksikanavainen nuppi, jolla on kuitenkin ässä hihassa – nimittäin 12 eri vahvistinmallin soundimaailmat. Näistä vaihtoehdoista jokainen varmasti löytää juuri ne hänelle sopivat soundit, ja yhdestä vahvistimesta saa sekä kompressoidut rock-murinat, että choruksella höystetyt fretless-revittelyt.

EVO1:n molempaa kanavaa ja Mix-toimintoa hyödyntämällä, yhdellä bassolla voi myös luoda soundeja, joissa molemmissa kanavissa on sama vahvistintyyppi, mutta efektit vaikuttavat vain tiettyihin taajuusalueisiin. Esimerkiksi ykköskanavassa voisi olla pelkistetty, kevyesti kompressoitu bassosoundi, kun samalla kakkoskanavasta leikattaisiin bassotaajuuksia ja soundiin lisättäisiin vaikkapa chorusta tai säröä. Näin bassosoundissa voidaan, efektoinnista huolimatta, säilyttää tietynlainen selkeys.

Ääniesimerkit vahvistinmallinuksista on äänitetty (jutun alussa olevan listan järjestyksessä) Markbass Standard 410HF -kaapin kautta Shure SM57 -mikrofonilla. Basso on japanilainen vuoden 1986 Jazz Bass:

Demobiisissä on käytetty näitä bassoja:

• Epiphone Thunderbird IV
• G&L JB-2
• LTD (by ESP) B-50 EMG
• Samick Greg Bennett Delta DB-104
• Sterling (by MM) SUB Ray4

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Markbass EVO1

858 €

Markbass Standard 104 HF -kaappi – 899 €

Maahantuoja: Musamaailma

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17/08/2015

Testipenkissä: Markbass Mini CMD 121P + CMD Jeff Berlin Players School

Kitarablogin testipenkissä kävi tällä kertaa kaksi eri Markbass bassokomboa – toisesta niistä on jo tullut varsinainen klassikko firman mallistossa, kun taas toinen on upouusi nimikkomalli erittäin soittajaystävällisellä hinnalla.

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Markbass Mini CMD 121P – front

Markbass Mini CMD 121P (799 €) on yksi firman myydyimmistä kombovahvistimista, koska se tarjoaa hyvin kompaktissa, ja erittäin houkuttavassa paketissa kaikkia Markbassolle ominaisia tunnusmerkkejä ja ominaisuuksia.

Mini CMD 121P -komboon on asennettu tehokas, mutta kevyt neodyymikaiutin Markbassin keltaisella kartiolla, sekä diskanttitorvi (edestä katsottuna oikeassa yläkulmassa).

Markbass Mini CMD 121P – back

Kotelon takaseinässä on refleksiaukko. Kombo on päällystetty kestävällä mustalla mattomaisella materiaalilla, ja tuhdit kulmasuojat on tehty muovista.

Markbass Mini CMD 121P – top

Kombon ulkomitat ovat vain 38 x 43 x 36 cm (l x k x s) ja koko komeus painaa hiukan yli 13 kiloa, mikä tekee tästä Markbass-vahvistimesta helppoa roudata.

Vaikka Markbass Mini CMD 121P onkin kompakti, se ei missään nimessä ole hentoääninen, vaan se tarjoaa 300 wattia kahdeksan ohmin tai 500 wattia neljän ohmin impedanssilla.

Markbass rakentaa kombojaan upottamalla olemassa olevia vahvistin-nuppeja ylhäältä päin kaiutinkoteloon. Tässä tapauksessa käytössä on Combo Head II -niminen vahvistinyksikkö.

Markbass Mini CMD 121P – side

Vahvistimessa on aktiivijäähdytys pienellä ja hiljaisella tuulettimella. Reilunkokoinen tuuletusaukko kombon sivussa takaa tuloilman riittävyyden.

Markbass Mini CMD 121P – control panel – large

Markbass-vahvistimien erinomainen soundi on italialaisvalmistajan tärkein valttikortti ja ominaisuus:

Combo Head II:n kolme volume-säädintä on helppoa erottaa EQ:sta ja muista nupeista niiden keltaisen värin ansiosta. Tulopuolella on tarjolla gain-säädin (sinisellä ledillä), kun taas lähtöpuolelta löytyy master volumen lisäksi myös tasosäädin kombon DI-lähtöä varten.

EQ-osastolta löytyy nelikaistaiset taajuuskorjaimet, sekä Markbasson omat VLE- ja VPF-säätimet.

VLE tarkoittaa Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator, ja säätimen avulla voi siirtyä portaattomasti nykyaikaisesta, tuoreesta soundista vintage-maisesti kumisevaan soundiin.

Variable Pre-Shape Filter -nupilla (VPF) taas muokataan signaalia hieman Hi-fi-tyylisemmäksi.

Kombossa on myös sisäinen kaksikaistainen limitteri, joka suojaa Mini CMD 121P:n kaiuttimia ylikuormittumiselta, silloin kun vahvistin toimii täydellä volyymillä.

Markbass Mini CMD 121P – back panel

Koska nupin etupaneeli katsoo ylöspäin, suuntavat takapaneelin liittimet luonnollisesti lattiaa kohti. Ei ehkä paras mahdollinen ratkaisu pimeällä lavalla, mutta ajan kanssa käyttäjä varmasti oppii ulkomuistista liittimien järjestyksen ja sijainnin.

Tässä Markbassossa on balansoitu DI-lähtö omalla pre-/post-EQ ja ground lift kytkimillä. Lisäksi löytyy yksi efektilenkki, yksi lähtö viritysmittarille, sekä Speakon-liitin lisäkaiuttimelle.

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Markbass CMD JB Players School – front

Legendaarinen basisti Jeff Berlin on jo pitkään ollut Markbass-tuotteiden fani. Berlinistä on hiljattain tullut myös oman musiikkiopiston – The Players School of Music – johtaja, ja hän sai idean kehittää yhdessä Markbass-suunnittelijoiden kanssa edullisempaa, juuri opiskelijoille tarkoitettua Markbass-komboa.

Tämän yhteistyön hedelmä, Markbass CMD Jeff Berlin Players School (499 €), on suunniteltu kunnianhimoista aloittelijaa varten, mutta sopii varmaan myös kaikille sellaisille basisteille, jotka etsivät edullista, mutta hyväsoundista komboa. CMD JB Players School -kombon tarkoitus on antaa käyttäjälle aito Markbass-kokemus mutta muutamalla, Jeff Berlinin pyytämällä, muutoksella höystettynä.

Jeff Berlinin ihannesoundi on lämmin, iso ja orgaaninen. Mies myös vihaa tunnetusti diskanttitorvien käyttöä kaikissa bassokaapeissa. Näistä syystä Players School -malliin on suunniteltu erikoissyvä kaiutinkaappi, ja siksi kombo on myös varustettu ainoastaan yhdellä 15-tuumaisella ämyrillä.

Markbass CMD JB Players School – top

Basistilegendan toivelistalla oli myös kestävä, komboon upotettu metallikahva. Vaikka Players School -mallin ulkomitat ovat selvästi Mini CMD -komboa isommat (46 x 46 x 48 cm), painaa vahvistin silti vain 16 kiloa.

Markbass CMD JB Players School – back

Myös tässä kombossa on refleksiaukot takana…

Markbass CMD JB Players School – side

…sekä tuuletusritilä vahvistinyksikön tuloilmaa varten.

Markbass CMD JB Players School – control panel – large

Players School -mallissa käytetään Markbassin Little Mark 250 nuppia, josta lähtee 150 wattia kahdeksalle ohmille (tai 250 wattia neljän ohmin impedanssille).

Vahvistimen ominaisuudet ovat miltei samoja kuin Mini CMD -kombossa – tarjolla on nelikaistainen EQ, ja sen lisäksi VLE- ja VPF-filtterit.

Markbass CMD JB Players School – back panel

CMD JB Players School -vahvistimen takapaneeli on toiseen komboon nähden käytännössä täysin identtinen, ja sieltä löytyy DI-lähtö, efektilenkki, lähtö viritysmittarille, sekä Speakon-kaiutinlähtö.

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Markbass Mini CMD 121P + CMD JB Players School – stacked

On helppo nähdä miksi Markbass Mini CMD 121P -mallista on tullut näin valtava myyntimenestys italialaisvalmistajalle: On hyvin hankalaa löytää näin kompaktia ammattitason bassovahvistinta, josta lähtee samaa volyymiä, voimaa, potkua, monipuolisuutta, sekä näin laadukasta ääntä.

Mini CMD 121P:n ääni on hyvin täyteläinen ja tasapainoinen (vaikka kyseessä onkin ”vain” 12-tuumainen kaiutin), ja sen äänessä on herkullisen mehukas ja kärjekäs ylämiddle, sekä hyvin luonteikas ala-middle. Erittäin musikaalisesti toimivalla EQ-osastolla, sekä Markbasson VLE- ja VPF-säätimillä on helppoa löytää juuri se ”oma ja oikea” soundi.

Mini CMD:n omat tehot tulevat varmasti riittämään hyvin moneen keikkatilanteeseen. Tosi isoissa paikoissa taas voi käyttää komboa yksinkertaisesti sopivalla lisäkaapilla.

Ei tarvitse olla mikään selvännäkijä ennustamaan myös Markbasson CMD Jeff Berlin Players School -kombolle suurta menestystä. Tässä kun on tarjolla täysikokoinen Markbass-kombo 500:lla eurolla!

En tiedä miten he ovat tehneet sen mutta, itse asiassa, pienemmästä nimellistehostaan huolimatta Players School -kombo vaikuttaa lähes niin äänekkäältä kuin nyt testattu Mini CMD. Jeff Berlin Players School:n potku riittää varmasti hyvin moneen ravintola- ja hääkeikkaan, sekä pienille klubeille. Ja lisätehon tarpeessa voi aina käyttää lisäkaappia ja/tai kombon erinomaista DI-lähtöä kytkettynä PA:han.

CMD JB Players School -kombolla on todella herkullinen ääni, jossa riittää syvyyttä ja lämpöä, ja myös vahvistimen dynaaminen skaala on vaikuttava. Tulen itsekin yleensä erinomaisesti toimeen ilman erillisen diskanttielementin tuomia naksahduksia, ja ihastuin täydellisesti Jeff Berlin CMD -kombon nykyaikaiseen soundiin ja silkkiseen trebleen.

Olen äänittänyt molempia komboja samankaltaisilla säädöillä yhdellä single Shure SM57 -mikrofonilla. Näissä demoissa on aina sama järjestys: Jazz Bass (sormisoitto)/Mini CMD –> Rickenbacker (plektralla)/Mini CMD –> Jazz Bass/CMD JBPS –> Rickenbacker/CMD JBPS.

Tässä ovat pelkästään basso-osuudet:

Rummut lisätty:

Koko sovitus, mutta bassot miksattu eteen:

Ja viimeiseksi hieman ”tavallisempi” miksaus:

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Markbass Mini CMD 121P & CMD Jeff Berlin Players School -kombot

Mini CMD 121P – 799 €

CMD JB Players School – 499 €

Maahantuoja: Musamaailma

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Plussat (molemmat mallit):

+ koko

+ paino

+ monipuolisuus

+ teho

+ soundi

Miinukset (molemmat mallit):

– takapaneeli hieman hankalassa paikassa

14/08/2015

Review: Markbass Mini CMD 121P + CMD Jeff Berlin Players School

This time Kitarablogi.com takes a look at two different Markbass bass combos – one is already a bona fide classic, while the other is a brand new, affordably-priced signature model.

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Markbass Mini CMD 121P – front

The Markbass Mini CMD 121P (current price in Finland: 799 €) is one of the company’s best-selling combos, as it manages to put all of Markbass’ trademark features into a compact, hard-to-beat package.

The Mini CMD 121P comes loaded with a lightweight, but powerful 12-inch neodymium speaker with Markbass’ cool yellow cone, as well as a piezo tweeter in the top right corner.

Markbass Mini CMD 121P – back

The back-ported cabinet is covered in a hard-wearing carpet style exterior, and comes equipped with sturdy plastic corner protectors.

Markbass Mini CMD 121P – top

The whole combo measures only 38 x 43 x 36 centimetres (w x h x d) and weighs in at just above 13 kilos, which makes it easy to carry around by its single top handle.

Despite its diminutive dimensions the Markbass Mini CMD 121P packs a very hefty punch, delivering 300 watts at 8 ohms or 500 watts at 4 ohms.

Markbass tend to use existing amp head models in their combos by simply sinking the amp units into the cabinet from the top. This combo uses the Markbass Combo Head II amp, for example.

Markbass Mini CMD 121P – side

Ample ventilation is provided thanks to a side vent, as well as a (quiet-running) ventilator next to the bass-reflex port.

Markbass Mini CMD 121P – control panel – large

Markbass’ excellent preamp is definitely one of the features that originally put the Italian brand on the map:

The Combo Head II makes all the volume knobs stand out from the EQ-section by using yellow controls. We have an input gain control (with its corresponding blue indicator LED), a level control for the balanced DI output, and the master volume control.

The EQ-section comprises a four-band EQ, and Markbass’ special VLE and VPF controls.

VLE stands for Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator, and it allows you to take your tone from modern, fresh and wiry to vintage-style thuddy – and all points in-between – by the simple turn of a knob.

The Variable Pre-Shape Filter, or VPF, lets you dial in a pre-EQ curve with a dip in the lower mids, should you prefer a more Hi-Fi-type sound.

A built-in, automatic two-band limiter protects the Mini CMD 121P’s speakers from damage, even when you run the combo flat out.

Markbass Mini CMD 121P – back panel

As the amp head has been sunk into the cabinet with its controls facing up, the back panel faces floor ward. This isn’t the most practical of solutions on a dimly lit stage, but over time you will learn which connector is which.

The Markbass features a balanced DI output with pre/post-switching and a secure ground lift feature, an effects loop, a tuner output, and a Speakon connector for hooking up an expansion cabinet.

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Markbass CMD JB Players School – front

Bassist extraordinaire Jeff Berlin has long been a vocal supporter of Markbass amps. Now Mr Berlin and Markbass have come up with an affordably-priced, but fully-spec’d bass combo to go along with Jeff’s position as the director of The Players School of Music.

The new Markbass CMD Jeff Berlin Players School combo (current price in Finland: 499 €) is aimed directly at the ambitious beginner/intermediate bass player (or anyone on a tight budget), who wants maximum tone from a gig-worthy combo. The CMD JB Players School combo gives you the genuine Markbass experience with a couple of twists specifically requested by Jeff Berlin.

Mr Berlin likes to hear a fat, organic bass sound, and he simply hates all types of tweeters in bass amplifiers, which is why he requested a special, deep cabinet for the Players School –model, loaded with an all-black 15-inch speaker, but no treble horn.

Markbass CMD JB Players School – top

Jeff Berlin also requested a chunky metal handle for the 46 x 46 x 48 centimetres cabinet. Despite its larger cabinet and speaker the CMD JB Players School model still only weighs just under 16 kilos.

Markbass CMD JB Players School – back

This combo is also rear-ported…

Markbass CMD JB Players School – side

…and features an air vent for the fan-cooled amplifier.

Markbass CMD JB Players School – control panel – large

The Players School model comes equipped with a Little Mark 250 amp, which dishes out 150 watts to 8 ohms, or 250 watts at 4 ohms impedance.

The amp’s features are virtually identical to the Mini CMD’s, offering a four-band EQ-section with additional VLE and VPF knobs.

Markbass CMD JB Players School – back panel

The CMD JB Players School offers the same array of outputs on its back panels, namely balanced DI, effects loop, tuner output, and Speakon speaker output.

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Markbass Mini CMD 121P + CMD JB Players School – stacked

It’s easy to see why the Markbass Mini CMD 121P has become such a mega seller for the Italian maker: There aren’t that many professional bass combos around that manage successfully to glean such an amount of volume, punch, versatility and sheer quality of tone from such a compact 12-plus-one setup.

The Mini CMD 121P’s basic tone is surprisingly full (for a 12-inch speaker) and balanced with a nice, juicy upper midrange nose, as well as lots of lower-mid character. The extremely musical EQ-, VLE- and VPF-controls make it very easy to dial in the sounds you hear in your head.

You will be able to do most of your gigs just by running the Mini CMD by its own. For larger venues, simply add one of Markbass’ bass cabs for additional girth and volume.

You don’t need to be a prophet to predict a huge success for Markbass’ CMD Jeff Berlin Players School combo, too. A genuine, full-blown Markbass bass combo for 500 euros, you’ve gotta be kidding me!

I’m not sure how they’ve managed to do this, but actually, despite its lower wattage, the Players School amp doesn’t seem that much quieter. I’m sure you can play most restaurant gigs, functions, and small clubs with this combo. And should you need more power, there’s always the option to use the excellent built-in DI output to connect to the PA-system.

The CMD JB Players School combo has a gorgeously round, deep and warm basic tone with a wide dynamic range. I’m not a huge fan of the additional click and trebly scratch that many tweeters seem to add to your bass sound, which made me feel right at home with the Jeff Berlin CMD, and its modern tone and silky top end.

I’ve recorded both combos with similar settings using a single Shure SM57. These demo tracks all follow the same sequence: Jazz Bass (fingerstyle)/Mini CMD –> Rickenbacker (plectrum)/Mini CMD –> Jazz Bass/CMD JBPS –> Rickenbacker/CMD JBPS.

Here are the combos on their own:

The same track with the drums added:

The full arrangement with the bass tracks mixed high:

And, lastly, a more balanced mix of the above:

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Markbass Mini CMD 121P & CMD Jeff Berlin Players School combos

Mini CMD 121P – 799 €

CMD JB Players School – 499 €

Distributor: Musamaailma

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Pros (both combos):

+ size

+ weight

+ versatility

+ power

+ sound

Cons (both combos):

– back panel access

10/08/2015

Now on SoundCloud: Markbass Mini CMD 121P + CMD Jeff Berlin Players School

Markbass Mini CMD 121P + CMD JB Players School – stacked

Bass parts on demo song:

1. Squier (Japan) Jazz Bass/Mini CMD 121P – fingerstyle
2. Rickenbacker 4003/Mini CMD 121P – plectrum
3. Squier (Japan) Jazz Bass/CMD JB Players School – fingerstyle
4. Rickenbacker 4003/CMD JB Players School – plectrum

All bass tracks recorded using a Shure SM57.

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Distributor: Musamaailma

08/06/2015

”Just one more!” – Living with G.A.S.

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Just one more…pleeeeeeze!

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We’ve all seen the memes on social media, haven’t we? And let’s be honest – there’s plenty of truth in them!

Many – if not most – of us guitarists seem to have an annoying tendency to want to amass a wide selection of instruments and/or effect pedals and/or guitar amps for personal use. This gear lust, which often leads to crammed living conditions, empty pockets, and considerable trouble with our significant other, is generally known as Gear Acquisition Syndrome, colloquially shortened to G.A.S. (or GAS).

It seems that GAS has become ever more prevalent over the last couple of (or three) decades, but the roots of this problem reach as far back as popular music and the advent of mass media.

MM2015 – Schecter USA Sunset Custom

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G.A.S. through the decades

The early days

Gibson Nick Lucas Signature

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly the onset of GAS, but many people would agree that Gibson’s Nick Lucas Special signature model (first released in 1927) played a crucial part.

Nick Lucas (1897-1982) was an accomplished guitarist and popular crooner, whose biggest hits (in the late Twenties and early Thirties) coincided with the popularity of the radio and the wider availability of phonograph records.

The Nick Lucas Special was Gibson’s first signature guitar, laying the groundwork for the endorsement deals we’re familiar with these days. Apart from riding on an artist’s popularity, a signature guitar also tends to suggest to the guitarist that, were he (or she) to play this particular instrument, some of the magic (as well as the technical prowess) of the endorsing artist might rub off. In short, the message is ”buy this guitar, and you will become a better and more popular player!”

As most male guitarists not only care for their playing technique, but also for the opposite sex, becoming more popular always sounded (and still sounds) like a good idea.

The Fifties and Sixties – the guitar boom

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – body beauty

During the first half of the 20th Century the guitar grew from a not-very-common, specialist instrument into a popular mainstream choice – not least thanks to Country music and the ”singing cowboys” featured on radio and records, as well as in the movie theatres.

But it was Rock ’n’ Roll that put the guitar in all its shapes on the top of the desirability list for masses of youngsters in the so-called Western World.

Yet, GAS wasn’t such a serious issue at that time, because musical instruments were outrageously expensive then, and some of the top US-brands almost impossible to get hold of in Europe.

Andy Babiuk’s fantastic book ”Beatles Gear” gives the reader a very good idea of how difficult it was for the guitarists of the late Fifties and early Sixties to even scrape together enough money to buy a single guitar (or amp). Owning multiple guitars was the privilege of the biggest stars only. Back in 1965 a new, baby blue Fender Stratocaster would have set you back around 3,000 euros in today’s money! This makes a current American Standard Stratocaster seem dead cheap at approximately 1,500 euros. And remember, back then there was no such thing as a quality (licensed) copy, and even substandard instruments from Eastern Europe weren’t really cheap (Harrison’s Czech-made Futurama cost him the better part of 1,200 euros in today’s money).

Still, young players were brand-conscious, at least to some degree, and lusting for the exact guitar they knew their idol was playing. Even if they couldn’t afford it…

They don’t make ’em like they used to

Les Paul Burst

The transition of the plain old ”used guitar” to the ”vintage guitar” we all know today got to a start in the late Sixties, mostly fuelled by the two best-known brands – Gibson and Fender:

When flagging sales of the Gibson Les Paul prompted the company to scuttle the model in favour of the instrument we now know as the Gibson SG, nobody could have foreseen that the move would lead to the first run on a discontinued electric guitar model ever. Caused by the exposure given to the ”out of print” Les Paul Standard by the new wave of Blues players, spearheaded by Mike Bloomfield and Eric Clapton, many serious guitarists started actively searching for used Les Pauls. The fact that Gibson chose to reissue the Les Paul in the late Sixties, but failed to sense that the crowd lusted for the double-humbucker Burst (instead of the Goldtop and the Custom), quickly turned the original Standards produced between 1958 and 1960 into the stuff of legend.

Both Fender and Gibson became parts of large business conglomerates before the Sixties were over, and a feeling started to seep into the guitar community that the earlier instruments were of a higher quality than those produced under the new managements.

Big in Japan

Tokai ES-162 – body beauty

The proliferation of reasonably well-made guitars from Japan – often dead-on copies of US classics – at reasonable prices was what truly kicked off the phenomenon we now call GAS.

For the first time amateur and semi-professional guitarists could afford to own more than a couple of guitars. Effect pedals, too, would start to benefit from Far Eastern efficiency and mass-production.

Many of the 1970s Tokai-, Ibanez- and Yamaha-guitars – as well as the earliest Roland/Boss-effects – are now considered vintage classics in their own right.

Tokai ATE-33N Thinline – body beauty 1

Licensed copies

Epiphone Casino – April 2012 – close-up

The Eighties finally ”sealed our fate”, when it comes to GAS.

Many large brands started to release official (=licensed) copies of their own instruments in the 1980s, with the rest following suit in the following decades. Brands like Squier, Epiphone, or Sterling make it affordable to hoard instruments that offer at least some of the clout of their famous, upmarket brethren.

Sterling SUB Ray4 – body beauty

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The Five Types of GAS-sufferers

J Leachim Jazzcaster – body beauty

We are all different – we don’t all lust after the same guitars, and we don’t all accumulate gear for the same reasons or in the same way.

I think one could divide us Gassers up into five basic categories, according to how and why we ”simply have to have that guitar”.

1. The Fan

The Fan is a hardcore follower of one (or two) Rock bands (or guitar gods), and he (or she) focusses on acquiring as much of the gear used by their idol as humanly possible. The Fan hopes to come as close as possible to their idol’s famous guitar tone, and he/she wants to feel (and look) the way his (or her) idol does when playing those classic riffs and songs.

2. The Nostalgist

The Nostalgist comes from a similar place as the Fan, having a clear vision of what it is he’s looking for. But, instead of trying to relive a certain band’s or player’s tone, as the Fan does, the Nostalgist wants to reclaim the (his/her own?) past. The Nostalgist longs for the classic looks and tones gleaned off vintage equipment, the sounds of a cooler, more vibrant place than the current here-and-now. Some Nostalgists also buy all the stuff they wanted, but couldn’t afford to get, when they were young.

3. The Hunter and Gatherer

The Hunter and Gatherer simply loves to get new toys, especially when he can claim to have ”snapped up a real bargain”. These are the guys that constantly trail the Internet, on the lookout for something, anything really, that might whet their considerable appetite. Very often it doesn’t even matter if it is an instrument (or other piece of gear) the Hunter and Gatherer really ”needs”; as long as it’s cool and ”a bargain” it’s a viable acquisition.

4. The Specialist

The Specialist has a strong focus on one, two or three specific pieces of equipment, that he (or she) simply cannot get enough of. These are the guys who seem to have a perfectly good reason for buying several dozen Telecasters, or a whole flock of Fender Tweed-era amps – or maybe they zone in solely on gear manufactured during one specific year…

5. The Pragmatist

The Pragmatist comes over as very reasonable, even though he’s an addict like the rest of us. The Pragmatist tells his wife that he doesn’t yet own an archtop guitar with DeArmond pickups, but that he needs just such a guitar to complete his ”colour palette” or ”toolbox”. Some Pragmatists – like professional guitarists, studio owners, or guitar reviewers – can make a real art form of their Gassing, meaning it takes the unsuspecting wife years (if not decades) to see through this charade.

Fuzz 2015 – Nice, old Tellies!

Naturally, things aren’t always as clear cut in real life as they might seem on paper. Most of us GAS-sufferers tend to display a mixture of two of three of the above GAS-categories.

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”You can’t play more than one guitar at a time!”

GJ2 Guitars – Concorde 4-Star + 5-Star

Does owning more than one or two guitars have real advantages? If you ask me, my answer would be a resounding ”yes and no”!

The ”yes” part of my answer has to do with the fact that playing guitar (or bass guitar) is always a tactile experience. Different instruments have different neck profiles, they have different overall dimensions, different actions, different fret sizes, different fingerboard radii, and they simply smell and feel differently.

This is probably the main reason why we don’t all play Line 6 Variax guitars. They might be decent instruments with an astonishingly realistic array of different tones, but they completely lack the important tactile element that is so crucial in inspiring you to come up with different licks and different ways of approaching the guitar as an instrument.

A big, fat Jazz box will make you play noticeably differently to a sleek Strat or SG, and the same holds true for the differences between, say, an ES-335 and a Floyd Rose-equipped Metal axe.

On the ”no” side of the equation, buying a new piece of equipment will surely inspire you, but it won’t automatically turn you into a ”better” guitarist. Even though it’s hard to admit, only regular practice will move you forward on the long and winding road to improvement.

Tokai SG-75 – body angle

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Damned If You Do…

In a way, we’re extremely lucky these days. There has never been a better time to be a guitarist than now. There’s an abundance of cool gear available, and much of it at rather reasonable prices.

The downside to this is, of course, that it’s so much easier to become a gear addict, because the price tag doesn’t necessarily act as much of a threshold, anymore.

Still, I tend to see the positive side of things, because the affordability of decent equipment makes it much easier for guitarists these days to try out different stuff on their way to finding the gear that’s most suitable for the music they make.

The Valve Bimbo – with SG

25/05/2015

Review: Carvin MicroBass MB 10

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – control panel

Carvin’s series of extremely compact MicroBass bass combos is built using the company’s lightweight BX 250 MicroBass amplifier sunk into four differently-sized speaker cabinets. Thanks to some clever design work – as well as lightweight modern bass speakers – even the largest of the MicroBass-combos, the MB210 (equipped with two 10-inch speakers and a horn tweeter), only weighs 16 kilos.

Kitarablogi received the smallest member of the MicroBass-family for testing. The MB10 is small enough to take with you on public transport, should the need ever arise.

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – front view

Carvin MicroBass MB10 (current price in Finland: 577 €) is compactness incarnate:

The combo’s dimensions are only 47 x 33 x 28 cm (h/w/d), and it weighs in at just below 12 kilos!

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – side view

Despite its diminutive size the Carvin’s build is roadworthy and sturdy.

The 10-inch speaker and the horn tweeter are safely tucked away behind a chunky metal grille.

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – back view

You can use the MicroBass MB10 both with the cabinet standing up and lying on its side, thanks to two sets of rubber feet installed to the closed-back cabinet.

Carvin MB10 colour options

Black vinyl is the MB10’s standard livrée, but if you feel more flamboyant you could also get your small Carvin in, say, fake snake hide for a small surcharge (40 €).

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – control panel – large

Small it may be, but Carvin’s BX 250 MicroBass amplifier comes fully equipped:

Carvin’s preamp section runs in Class A with satisfyingly low levels of hiss. Adding more Drive to proceedings will fatten up your tone and add a little bit of grind, but you shouldn’t really expect any Metal-style distortion from this combo.

The Contour-knob allows you to apply a loudness-type pre-EQ curve to your signal, which will boost both the bass and treble frequencies, while attenuating the mid-range slightly. Contour works nicely in cleaning up a crowded mid-range, as well as adding a bit of punch to your overall sound.

The EQ-department on the MicroBass is very well equipped, too. In addition to the shelving Bass and Treble filters Carvin has added a lot of flexibility in the guise of two semi-parametric mid-frequency filters. There’s ample boost and cut on tap to satisfy any bass player.

The amp also includes a nifty bass-optimised one-knob compressor. A red light in the middle of the amp’s blue jewel light gives you nice visual clues about the amounts of compression applied to your signal. Carvin’s compressor works in a very musical fashion, and it helps the player to get the most out of this little bass combo. Even small amounts of compression will go a long way in helping to clean up the MB10’s output, helping you to get even more volume out of the Carvin.

Using only the built-in speakers, the MicroBass’ Class D power amp will dish out 200 watts of power, adding a compatible extension cab will give you 50 watts more.

In addition to the speaker output, there’s also a headphone output that doubles as a tuner out, and a balanced DI-output (XLR). The output levels for the headphone and DI-output are controlled by the DI Level knob. Using the Pre/Post switch you can decide, whether to send the input signal directly to the output, or whether you’d prefer to use the preamp signal, complete with compression and EQ.

Lovers of warm vintage sounds will be pleased to hear that you can dim the Carvin’s tweeter, using a mini-switch.

Because writing about sound always seems somewhat futile, I’ve prepared different audio clips to give you an idea of the Carvin MicroBass MB10’s versatility. All clips have been recorded with a microphone:

Jazz Bass – EQ-controls in neutral

Jazz Bass – light bass boost, Tweeter-switch set to Dim

Jazz Bass – played with a plectrum, a little bit of Contour added

Jazz Bass – slapped, Contour set to 12 o’clock

Höfner 500/1 – plectrum, Tweeter set to Dim

Rickenbacker 4003

Rickenbacker – plectrum

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – front view 2

If you’re holding down the bass in a loud-as-f*ck Metal band, or if your usual gigs include 20,000-seater stadiums, Carvin’s little combo probably isn’t the right choice for you. The MicroBass MB10 is a loud amp – for its size – but it can only go so far…

But: The Carvin MicroBass MB 10 is a fantastic choice for the majority of us bassists, who play in small clubs, in restaurants or in pubs. In venues such as these the Carvin will be just the ticket, its tiny footprint and big sound making it a gig machine. The recording studio is also a place where a high-powered bass stack can be counterproductive, due to issues such as audible bleeding into drum mics, making a high-quality, moderate-power combo, such as the MicroBass MB10, a great choice. I’d also reckon that this little Carvin will find a place in the hearts of many Unplugged-, Folk- and (acoustic) Jazz-players.

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Carvin MicroBass MB10

577 €

Finnish distributor: Musiikki Silfverberg

Thanks to Vantaan Musiikki for the loan of the review combo!

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Pros:

+ compact size

+ lightweight

+ versatile

+ easy-to-use compressor

+ sound

30/04/2015

Testipenkissä: Carvin MicroBass MB 10

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – control panel

Carvinin erittäin kompakteissa MicroBass-bassokomboissa firman ultrakevyt BX 250 MicroBass -vahvistin on upotettu neljään erikokoisiin kaappeihin. Hyvän suunnittelun ja nykyaikaisten (entistä kevyempien) kaiuttimien ansiosta, jopa isoin Carvin MicroBass -kombo – kahdella kymppituumaisella kaiuttimella, sekä diskanttitorvella varustettu MB210 – painaa vain 16 kiloa.

Kitarablogi sai testiin MicroBass-perheen pienimmän jäsenen, MB10-kombon, jolla pystyy matkustamaan vaikkapa julkisilla treeneihin tai keikalle.

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – front view

Carvin MicroBass MB10 (577 €) on oikea kompaktiuuden ruumiillistuma:

Kombon ulkomitat ovat vain 47 x 33 x 28 cm (k/l/s), ja pikku-Carvinin paino pysyy jopa alle 12 kilon!

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – side view

Pienuudestaan huolimatta myös tämä Carvin on jämerää tekoa.

Kunnon metalliritilän takana näkyy kymppituumainen bassokaiutin, sekä kombon neodyymimagneetilla varustettu diskanttitorvi.

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – back view

MicroBass MB10 -vahvistinta voi käyttää joko pystyasennossa tai sivullaan. Kombon suljetun kotelon kylkeen on tätä varten lisätty toinen satsi kumijalkoja.

Carvin MB10 colour options

Musta vinyylipäällyste on MB10:ssä vakiona, mutta pientä lisämaksua vastaan (40 €) voi tilata oman MicroBass-kombon vaikkapa käärmeennahka-kuvioisella vinyylillä.

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – control panel – large

Carvin BX 250 MicroBass -vahvistimen varustelu ei todellakaan jätä toivomiseen varaa:

Carvinin etuvahvistin toimii A-luokan periaatteella mukavan alhaisella kohinatasolla. Drive-säädintä avaamalla voi saada soundia vintage-tyylisesti vielä rouheammaksi ja mehevämmäksi, mutta säröpedaalin kaltaista Metal-säröä ei pitäisi odottaa tästä vahvistimesta.

Contour-säätimen tarkoitus on lisätä soundiin hieman loudness-maista esi-EQ:tä, jossa basso- ja diskanttirekistereitä boostataan vähän, samalla kun keskialueelta otetaan hieman signaalia pois. Signaaliin voi näin lisätä jo hieman potkua (ja siistiä keskitaajuuksia), ilman että taajuuskorjaimiin on edes koskettu.

MicroBassin EQ-osasto on hyvin varusteltu – Bass- ja Treble-hyllykorjainten lisäksi on tarjolla jopa kaksi puoliparametrista korjainta keskitaajuuksille.

Vahvistimesta löytyy myös bassolle optimoitu, helppokäyttöinen kompressori. Signaalitasosta ja kompressorin toimesta saa MicroBass-kombossa myös optista viestiä, punaisella merkkivalolla muuten violetin jewel-valon keskellä. Carvinin kompressori toimii musikaalisesti ja on oiva työkalu, jolla saadaan pikkukombosta kaikki irti. Jo hyvin maltillisesti käytettynä kompressori tekee lopputuloksesta siistimmän, ja samalla voi soittaa komboa lujempaa.

Omilla, sisäisillä kaiuttimilla MicroBassin D-luokan päätevahvistimen maksimitehoksi ilmoitetaan 200 wattia. Sopivalla lisäkaapilla voidaan saada pikkukombosta vielä 50 wattia lisää tehoa ulos.

Kaappilähdön lisäksi on tarjolla vielä kuulokelähtö (joka on samalla myös lähtö viritysmittarille), sekä balansoitu DI-lähtö (XLR). Kuuloke- ja DI-lähdölle on yhteinen säädin signaalitasolle (DI Level), ja Pre/Post-kytkimellä voi valita lähetetäänkö tulosignaali suoraan lähtöihin vai käytetäänkö EQ:lla ja kompressorilla höystetty signaali lähteenä.

Pehmeän vintage-soundin ystävät iloitsevat varmasti Tweeter-pikkukytkimestä, jolla saa haluttaessa diskanttitorvi hiljaisemmaksi.

Koska soundin kuvailu on hyvin hankalaa touhua, olen äänittänyt erilaisia audiopätkiä, joilla saa kuvan Carvin MicroBass MB10:n monipuolisuudesta. Äänitykset on tehty kahdella mikrofonilla (siis ilman DI-lähtöä):

Jazz Bass – EQ:t neutraaliasennossa

Jazz Bass – kevyt bassoboosti, Tweeter-kytkin Dim-asennossa

Jazz Bass – plektralla, pieni ripaus Contouria

Jazz Bass – slap-soittoa, Contour-säädin kello 12

Höfner 500/1 – plektralla, Tweeter-kytkin Dim-asennossa

Rickenbacker 4003

Rickenbacker – plektralla

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – front view 2

Jos olet todella kovaäänisen Thrash Metal -bändin basisti, tai jos olet lähdössä soittamaan seuraava keikkasi Olympiastadionilla, Carvinin pikkukombo ei ole ehkä se paras valinta. MicroBass MB10 on kyllä – etenkin kokoonsa nähden – hyvin kovaääninen bassokombo, mutta jossain tulee kuitenkin raja vastaan.

Carvin MicroBass MB 10 on kuitenkin loistava valinta meille enemmistölle, jotka soittavat säännöllisesti ravintoloissa ja pubeissa. Näissä paikoissa Carvinin maltillinen volyymi, kompakti koko ja loistava soundi tekevät MicroBass-kombosta lyömättömän keikkakoneen. Studiossakin pieni bassovahvistin on usein kullan arvoinen, koska vuotoäänet, esimerkiksi rumpumikkeihin, saa estettyä helpommin. Myös Unplugged-, Folk- ja akustisen Jazz-musiikin ystäville pikku-Carvin voi osoittautua erinomaiseksi valinnaksi.

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Carvin MicroBass MB10

577 €

Maahantuoja: Musiikki Silfverberg

Kiitos Vantaan Musiikille testivahvistimen lainaamisesta!

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Plussat:

+ kompakti koko

+ alhainen paino

+ monipuolinen

+ helppokäyttöinen kompressori

+ soundi

02/04/2015

Kitarablogi’s ”Book of Guitars Volume 2” – iBooks-version out now!

BoGVol2 – cover

Download your FREE Apple iBooks-version of Kitarablogi’s brand-new electronic book using this link:

Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars 2

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An Android-compatible PDF-version will be released in early May.

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BoGVol2 – cover

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Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars 2

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Android-yhteensopiva PDF-versio ilmestyy toukokuun alussa.

03/03/2015

Fender Custom Shop Road Show on n-y-t – nyt!

FCS Road SHow

DLX Helsingissä on tänään ja huomenna nähtävissä ja testattavissa parikymmentä erilaista Fender Custom Shop -soittimia.

Benty Ökvist at DLX 1

Paikan päällä on Fender Scandinavian Custom Shop -vastaava Benty Ökvist (toinen oikealta). Kokeiltavissa ovat mm. sellaisia harvinaisuuksia kuin – alun perin Jimi Hendrixille suunniteltu – Rosewood Stratocaster (näkyy kuvassa DLX Musiikin myymälänhoitajan Olli-Matti Wahlströmin kädessä).

Kuvassa myös DLX:n oma kitaratiimi Matti Härkönen (1. vasemmalta) ja Mikko Kejonen (2. vasemmalta).

Benty Ökvist at DLX 2

Ennen Custom Shop Road Show -tapahtumaa on voitu myös tilata omalle Fender-soittimelle ilmaisen säätöajan.

Benty Ökvist at DLX 3

23/02/2015

Review: Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – beauty shot 2

When the Fender Custom Shop introduced the La Cabronita Especial in 2009, nobody would have thought that this Telecaster and Gretsch mongrel would go on to become the huge hit it is today.

The Cabronita Tele’s success can be seen in the way new, more affordable versions of the model started creeping up – first as Fender models, and now as very affordable Squier guitars. At the moment of writing there are, in fact, two Squier-versions – one with a Bigsby vibrato, and one with a hardtail bridge.

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Squier Cabronita Telecaster – full front

The Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster (price in Finland approx. 300 €) is basically a hot-rodded Telecaster.

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – back beauty

The body of the Squier Cabronita is made from a plank of several pieces of basswood, while its classic one-piece neck has been crafted from hard rock maple.

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – headstock

There is no separate fretboard, instead the instrument’s 22 medium jumbo frets have been installed straight into the radiussed face of the neck.

A welcome nod to modernity is the truss rod access from the headstock side.

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – tuners

A set of very decent Kluson-copies has been selected for tuning duties on this Squier.

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – bridge

Instead of a classic Telecaster ashtray, the Cabronita employs a hardtail, six-saddle bridge with vintage-type Stratocaster saddles.

The extremely low price tag of the Squier can be seen in a couple of small things, such as the bridge being installed a tiny bit askew on the review instrument.

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – pickups

Central to the Cabronita-concept is the use of Gretsch Filtertron-style pickups. Squier make their own version for this guitar model, and call it the Fideli’Tron.

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – controls

As befits such a Hot Rod guitar, the Squier Cabronita Tele is equipped with just a single volume control, and a three-way toggle pickup selector.

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – control + switch

At prices like these you cannot seriously expect custom shop build quality:

The volume control works very smoothly, but the toggle switch of our review guitar was a bit temperamental, sometimes adding crackling, or even muting the signal, in the middle position. This could be a glitch on this specific guitar, but I’d probably upgrade to a better switch.

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Squier Cabronita Telecaster – body beauty

Squier’s Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster offers a whole lot of musical fun for the money.

In the sub-500 € price bracket, manufacturers generally tend to achieve savings in production costs, by reducing man-hours spent on each instrument’s production. Very often these savings are directed at the final set-up stage. Straight out of the box, many guitars in this price bracket suffer from top nuts left too high and/or dodgy intonation, and it is then up to the local distributor or the individual music shop to give these instruments a proper set-up prior to sale. This is one of the reasons why I think you should prefer an actual guitar dealer to ordering your affordable guitar over the internet, as the dealer will make sure the guitar plays to the best of its abilities, before it is sold.

Helsinki’s DLX Music were kind enough to supply me with the review instrument, and – naturally – they keep all their stock shipshape. No problems here, then! The reviewed Squier Cabronita is a lightweight solidbody guitar, with a very comfortable C-profile neck. Thanks to its larger-than-vintage frets, as well as the modern fingerboard radius of 9.5 inches, the Cabronita is easy to play, and the string-bending feel is rather slinky, even with a set of 010s.

Acoustically, the Squier Cabronita sounds more like a hardtail Strat than a vintage Tele, which is due to this model’s different bridge. There is a good deal of that typical Fender- attack and -cluck, but much less of the famous, nasal twang of the treble strings.

Generally speaking, Filtertron-type pickups tend to fall right in the middle of your typical singlecoil/humbucker-divide. Filtertrons are doublecoil pickups (= humbuckers), but thanks to their special construction, and their smaller size, they sound much brighter than a traditional, PAF-style humbucker. Generally, there’s a lot of clarity and attack on tap in this kind pickup.

Squier’s own Fideli’Tron-pickups sound surprisingly good, belying their affordable pedigree. On clean amp settings you will get a clear attack to each note, plenty of chime, and superb string separation (this clip starts with the neck pickup):

Driven into distortion Squier’s Fideli’Trons satisfy with a healthy dose of bite and snarl:

And here’s the audio track from the Youtube-video:

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – body beauty 2

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Squier Cabronita Telecaster – beauty shot

I simply love the way that this Squier Cabronita Telecaster manages to give you the essence of what this model is all about, at such an affordable price point. You get a great-feeling neck with a very decent fretjob, coupled with – for the money – fantastic tone. This Squier really gives you the original ”bastardised Tele” experience, and is very hard to put down, indeed.

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Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster

Current street price approx. 300 €

Additional info: Fender

A big thank you goes to DLX Music Helsinki for the loan of the review guitar!

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Pros:

+ value-for-money

+ fretwork

+ playability

+ sound

Cons:

– bridge slightly askew

– temperamental toggle switch