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
There are times when a pointy headstock just won’t do. When what you really
need is a guitar that shouts retro semi-acoustic class and takes you straight back
to the ‘50s. Cue Germany’s Duesenberg, a time machine and Michael Casswell’s
take on the legendary Scotty Moore.
OK, guess why this Duesenberg is called
the Fullerton? Because it comes from the
Duesenberg factory that they built a stones
throw from Leo Fender’s original Californian
workshop in Fullerton. That’s a pretty cool
fact, a good marketing angle and a great
heritage for any electric guitar. But by doing
that, this Duesenberg Fullerton had better
be good, or it’ll be almost sacrilegious to be
putting out less than wonderful instruments
from Fullerton, considered the birthplace of
the modern electric guitar!
Duesenberg should be able to pull it off,
though. Started in the 1980s by German
designer Dieter Gölsdorf, the company
immediately staked a claim to retro Art Deco
styles, cleverly creating a past that never
existed and, in the process, appropriating
the name of an iconic US car maker, beloved
of vintage fans but not with us since the
1930s. It was clever marketing and very well
timed for a generation of guitarists who were
itching to throw over the ‘80s big hair and
pointy headstock era. But it wouldn’t have
worked if the guitars had just been all show.
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They weren’t and Duesenberg soon had a
list of users including Joe Walsh, Vince Gill,
Ronnie Wood, Elvis Costello, John Mayer
and Robbie Macintosh, to name just a few.
So back to the first Duesenberg we’ve had
in the studio to try. The Fullerton certainly
shouts vibe, coupled with quality. Even the
case it came in was superb. Strung with
heavy-duty 10 gauge strings, acoustically it
was loud, vibrant and very alive, like a good
semi-hollow body should be. Beneath the
laminated top back and sides there is a centre
block of maple with a hollow chamber either
side, so even before you plug it in, it’s all
there. Plug it in and you are rewarded with
a fine old school tone that you just can’t get
from standard solid body guitars. Combined
with Duesenberg’s own P90 and Grand
Vintage pick ups, which are full of great
usable character, the sound is clear, full and
rich. This is one of those guitars that even if
you plugged it into the worst amp imaginable,
you would still be able to get a cool vibey tone
to work with. It’s just that good.