Guitar Interactive Magazine Issue 12 Featuring Steve Vai! iGuitar Magazine!
Steve Vai talks with Guitar Interactive Magazine at his home studio in L.A to talk about playing, his gear & his brand new album.
Learn how to play like Steve Vai in Guitar Interactive Magazine Issue 12 free guitar lessons to learn Steve Vai style and tricks with Andy James. Featured exclusively in this issue we were loaned the Steve Vai Ibanez EVO - only 100 were made as exact replicas & we have one to talk about in this issue.
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Also featured in Guitar Interactive this Issue - We featured the band The Aristrocrats - headed by the fantastic Guthrie Govan check out the live performances of this super group!!
To celebrate Marshall Amplification 50 Years - we interview Paul Marshall about the companies history & we talk with the man behind the designs of Marshall amps with an exclusive tour around the factory.
Guitar Reviews this month feature;
Review of the Ibanez Jem Evo & JEM 70V
Review of the Duesenburg Fullerton CC
Review of the Fender Excelsior combo
Review of the Godin Session Custom Guitar
Review of the Cornell Valve Pre Amp Pedal
Review of the Hayden HGT A20 Head Review 2 x12 Cab review
IK Multimedia iRig Stomp review
TC Electronic Spark Booster Review
A/DA APP-1 Pre Amp Pedal
Rocktron Boutique Series FX Pedals Review
Faith Eclipse Venus 12 String Review
Review Marshall as50d Soloist
Huss And Dalton acoustic review
Review of the Laney NEXUS Fet & NX410 & NX115
Review of the overwater Tanglewood Standard Bass and plus bass
Review of Elixir Coated & Coated Nickel sbass strings
THE BASSMENT_BASS GUITAR REVIEWS
Overwater is one of the UK’s longest established and most highly regarded custom bass
manufacturers. Its Tanglewood volume-produced models have impressed us before - and
now there are two newcomers to the range at even better prices! Can the newcomers
really justify wearing the prestigious Overwater badge? Dan Veall finds out.
Back in issue five, we looked at something
unusual - a volume produced Overwater
bass. Overwater has an illustrious history of
offering handmade basses of the very highest
quality, stretching back to the 1970s, but
commissioning a range of instruments to
be made in the Far East is always a gamble
and some illustrious brands have come
horribly unstuck when they’ve tried it.
Not, we found, Overwater, whose strategy
of teaming-up with the highly regarded
Tanglewood acoustic company gave it
access to the best factories and a company
highly experienced at handling this sort of
operation. The Aspiration Deluxe got a top
score - but what happens when Overwater
and Tanglewood try to reach towards the
entry-level? Let’s find out!
From the start, the two newcomers looked
impressive as we took them from the
packaging and a closer inspection certainly
didn’t disappoint. I had the Standard
(passive) model on my lap first and was
impressed with both the set-up and the
finish. I accept that in order to keep the
price down, the bass cannot feature the
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premium hardware of its boutique brethren,
but the hardware that is included is certainly
functional and rewards us with a usable tone
with no undue buzzes or rattles.
Speaking of tone, I spoke to Overwater’s
founder, Chris May, who told me that even
on this entry level instrument, the passive ‘J
style’ single coil pickups are custom wound
specifically for this model. A nice touch.
The passive electronics, featuring volume,
pan control and ‘treble roll-off’ tone control
all work as expected, with a smooth response
throughout each of their travels. Check
out the video for examples of the sounds
available from the bass. Plugged in the bass
has a great passive tone to it. Quite organic!
The metallic red finish is blemish free and
coats a poplar body on to which a one piece
maple neck is bolted. There’s a neat set
of mini Gotoh tuning keys and I love the
attention to detail which means that even
a budget Overwater bass has a matching
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