iGuitar issue 6 John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and masterclass with Andy James. Learn Licks in the style of John Petrucci in the issue of Guitar Interactive Issue 5.
Exclusive interview with Judas Priest, Glenn Tipton & Richie Faulkner.
Exclusive interview and performance with Steve Hackett.
Reviews of the John Petrucci Music Man JP XI Mesa Boogie amp, Collings l-35LC, BC Rich, ESP LTD, Engl, Hi Watt Neo Vetilator Rothwell and Wampler FX pedals.
We also take a look at Patrick Eggle Acoustic, the Blueridge acoustic, also lessons on fingerstyle guitar.
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Having taken the high-end acoustic market by storm, Collings now
has electric guitarists in its sights. We asked Michael Casswell to try
the latest addition to the Collings semi-acoustic range - the I-35 LC.
We're still trying to prize it out of his hands...
efore I talk about the
I-35 guitar, I think
The Collings I-35 LC
it's worth a quick
chat about the man
behind the guitar.
As we saw in Guitar
issue, where we had a factory tour of
his impressive Austin, Texas, factory,
Bill Collings is passionate about
wood, guitar construction, and making
instruments that are the best that
can possibly be made. His acoustic
guitars are among the best money
can buy, if not the best. These guitars
are truly great today and in 40, 50, 60
years from now, when they all have
stories behind them, and the look of
a well loved, well played, aged guitar,
they will be even better. Bill admits
himself he isn't a natural guitar player,
but what has come natural to him is
building things. Especially in wood. The
guitar world needs the skills of people
like Bill Collings and his elite team of
luthiers, because it's these people that
create truly great instruments. Mass
produced machine-made guitars are
only really, in the words of Bill, "guitar
shaped objects". And he is right. As
much as we all love our Gibsons and
Fenders, they are for the most part,
mass produced instruments. I own a lot
of Stratocasters, and a few Gibsons,
but for every one that I have bought,
I have had to try and then dismiss
another four or five, because that's the
nature of mass production. That's not
to knock them - you get what you pay
for - and both those great names have
custom shops, too - and they do it for
a reason. If you want a professional
quality guitar, it really needs to be built
by a professional to suit a professional's
So to the guitar. The I-35 LC (laminate
construction) is an ES 335 style guitar
- but it is not a copy. It is a guitar in its
own right and one that makes most