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Friday, July 24, 2015

E. Lombardo Guitars ELB HH SN:02,...(Review)

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from:Manufacturer
Street Price: $1,799 USD  with case + shipping

About:
E. Lombardo Guitars is a manufacturer of handcrafted, American made, custom, boutique electric guitars by master luthier Ernie Lombardo, in East Setauket, New York. 

This ELB has a one piece quarter sawn African mahogany body that flows into a 24 3/4 scale birdseye maple small 60's shaped bolt-on neck that is dresses in a 10.5 - 17.5 compound radius Macassar ebony dance floor featuring 22 frets with 6150 wire, abalone dot inlays with side markers and she is topped with a tusq 1 11/16 nut. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kiesel SCB7 Single-Cutaway Bevel-Top Guitar SN:125037,... (Review)


Reviewed By: Rosario Panzarella
Purchased from: on loan from Manufacturer
Street Price: $1,389 USD  + case & shipping

About:
For almost 70 years, Kiesel and Carvin Guitars have been building high-quality guitars, basses, pickups, part necks and accessories for pro and hobbyist musicians alike. And because they sell directly to the customer, with no middle man, we offer much higher value with products that would sell for 2 to 3 times more if we sold through retail stores. They are based out of San Diego, CA

This Kiesel SCB7 25.5" scale ebony fingerboard Abalone dot inlays "M" bridge, with tune-o-matic bridge and strings fed through the body Premium locking tuners 24 Stainless steel med jumbo frets, Set Neck-through design 5 piece maple neck with black limba stripes featuring the "Rapid Play" low action neck.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Carvin Guitars IC5 Deep Teal with Black Burst Edging,... (Review)

Reviewed By: "Top Shelf" Kevin McAleer
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $1959 USD as customized ($1319 stock model) with case + shipping

About:
Carvin Guitars has been selling guitars and basses direct to the customer for almost 70 years. On their website (www.carvinguitars.com) you can order the "stock" version or customize any model to your own liking.

This Carvin Guitars Icon-5 5-string bass has a mahogany body with a quilted maple top, 5-piece maple neck with mahogany stripes and a 14” radius 24 fret ebony fingerboard.

Hardware:
Chrome Hipshot A-style with strings-through body, Chrome Carvin Guitars premium 20:1 ratio tuners.

Electronics: 
RH2 radiused humbuckers, 18V active/passive, volume, pickup blend, stacked concentric bass and high frequency, stacked concentric mid frequency and sweep. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hum Canceling Traditional Sounding Humbucker Sized P90's by Iconix Pickups,... Review

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer 
Street Price: $160 USD + tax & shipping.

About: 
Iconix Pickups is an American manufacturer of hand-wound guitar pickups by Don Smith. All Iconix pickups are scatter-wound and feature custom charged magnets, spacers from hand-cut maple and nickel/silver baseplates and covers. 

This review was conducted using a Knaggs Keya T2 wired using 2 500kΩ pots with a 0.001 capacitor/150K resistor parallel volume mod on a 3-way toggle.

Installation:

I took my time as I always do and from start to finish it was 20 minutes /1 beers and 1 shot. Please note that you should have a luthier from your local music store put pickups in for you unless you really know what you are doing. It is normally a 1- 2 hour charge + bench fee to have a set of pickups installed. The total investment will be well worth it.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Humbucker Sized P90's by Iconix Pickups,... Review

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer 
Street Price: $140 USD + tax & shipping.

About: 
Iconix Pickups is an American manufacturer of hand-wound guitar pickups by Don Smith. All Iconix pickups are scatter-wound and feature custom charged magnets, spacers from hand-cut maple and nickel/silver baseplates and covers. 

This review was conducted using a CR Alsip SCDT wired using 2 500kΩ pots with a 0.001 capacitor/150K resistor parallel volume mod on a 3-way toggle.

Installation:
I took my time as I always do and from start to finish it was 20 minutes /1 beers and 1 shot. Please note that you should have a luthier from your local music store put pickups in for you unless you really know what you are doing. It is normally a 1- 2 hour charge + bench fee to have a set of pickups installed. The total investment will be well worth it.