iGuitar Magazine Issue 10 - Eddie Van Halen special! We have the Lost Interview with Eddie Van Halen - Issue 10 of our free guitarist magazine is here! In this Van Halen special we look at how to play Eddie Van Halen licks, EVH guitar lessons on play Rhythm, we take an indepth look and show you how to get the Eddie Van Halen Tone!!
Opeth Interview - we interview Mikael Akerfeldt and Fredrik Akesson - this issue we also catch up with Alterbridges and Creeds Mark Tremonti about his numerous solo projects!!
In Issue 10 of iGuitar we have free guitar lessons from Andy James, Michael Casswell, Rick Graham, Tom Quayle and Jamie Humphries. With each lesson you will how to take your guitar playing to the next level - better still all of the gutiar lessons are free!
Guitar Reviews in this issue - we review the Collings SoCo 16 LC semi Guitar Review, EVH 5150 MK III tube head review, Eddie van halen wolfgang USA HT guitar review, eddie van halen usa custom gutiar review, Yamaha Pacifica PAC510v guitar review, two rock EXO 15 tube head review, Matrix GT1000FX gutiar power amp review, Fret king black label jerry donahue gutiar review, gj2 Arete 5 star guitar review, JMI 10 valve combo amp review, fractual audio axe FX amp review, musicman game changer review, peavey butcher 100 watt amp review, pocketlabworks iRiffport review, blackstar series 1 100 watt head
Bass guitar reviews in issue 10 - we review the 3 leaf proton FX pedal review, warwick a rockbass streamer lx 4 bass guitar review, warwick bc40 combo amp review, gallien krueger mb 800 lightweight head review.
Acoustic gutiar reviews in Issue 10 - we review the Taylor 710CE Electro acoustic guitar & the Stonebridge Dreadnought DS20 CM.
It may be the prettiest guitar we’ve ever reviewed, but how does the Collings
SoCo 16LC play and sound? Who do we know who really appreciates fine, grownup
guitars? Time for Michael Casswell!
Back in issue five I had the pleasure of
playing, and giving my thoughts on, the
Collings I-35. I loved it. It was as good as
guitar production gets. To be honest, it was
the only Collings electric guitar I’d played,
but I have played enough guitars in my time,
and personally own quite a few vintage and
modern high-end guitars, to know when a
guitar isn’t just good, but when it’s extremely
good - and the I-35 was indeed extremely
good. Which gave this SoCo 16LC a lot to
live up to.
The name SoCo is named after “South
Congress Avenue” which is in Austin Texas.
A colourful, happening place apparently,
and the home of Bill Collings and his team.
Maybe an English guitar builder could make
a guitar and call it the “North Circular”? No,
it doesn’t work, does it? Somehow the USA
always seems so much cooler.
As I lifted the lid, the look and finish of
the guitar really made an impact, to the
point where both myself and the camera
guys just stopped and took a moment to
simply admire the thing in its case. One of
the spotlights happened to be in the right
position to illuminate the colour and the
flame maple top. Very pretty, very cool and
glowing from the nitrocellulose finish which
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is so traditional, and, some say, so important
to the eventual tone of a properly made
guitar. I don’t know what the burst finish is
called but I call it a fireburst. More orange
than a cherry burst but darker than a lemon
burst. In my books, that’s a ‘fireburst’. The
beautiful laminated flame maple wasn’t just
on the top. It carried on round the back and
sides, making this an all maple semi-hollow
body, with a solid maple centre block, cream
binding, and a subtle arch to the top and
the back. Quite a slim depth to it, maybe a
bit slimmer than a Les Paul, but the visuals
exudes class, and it is a very ‘grown up’
looking guitar indeed.
For wood fetishists (he means me – Ed.) the
SoCo is made from Collings’ own maple
laminate, as was the I-35. Not satisfied
with the quality of what he could buy,
Bill Collings apparently just decided to
make his own laminates. That’s the kind of
company you are dealing with here. The
traditional set neck is mahogany with a
rosewood fingerboard and the hardware is
of a matching quality throughout, from the
custom engraved Gotoh machine heads to
the TonePros bridge. I know I keep saying it
but it can’t be said too often - this is as good
as it gets.