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A hand-built Lester with relic’d nitro, period-correct hardware, boutique pickups and vintage wiring for well under £2K is guaranteed to grab our attention. HUW PRICE picks a cherry…


We’ve been very excited to get our hands on this new Lester – you might be wondering why the world needs yet another LP-style guitar, but bare with us here. For starters, the Cherry Lane is a high-end guitar fitted with top notch components for a very reasonable price. What’s more, it’s hand-built in Maybach’s Czech factory, where the product manager is a former Gibson employee and many of the luthiers there trained and worked in the US. Starting to get the picture?

Having been in the guitar industry for 30 years, Maybach’s owner, Toni Götz launched the brand nine years ago, and the Lester Series models exemplify the company’s ‘back to the truth’ motto. The mission statement is to produce single-cut guitars that are as vintage-correct as possible, all while maintaining a competitive price point.

The features distinguishing Gibson’s late-50s Les Pauls from later models are very well documented and they’re mostly present and correct on the Maybach. There’s a lightweight aluminium tailpiece, a vintage-style bridge, ’vintage taper’ 500k control pots and paper/oil tone capacitors wired 1950s-style. The hardware, including the vintage-style tuners, all comes from Gotoh.

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The December 2017 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside, you’ll find a massive 24-page feature devoted to The Secrets Of Studio Guitar. Following exclusive insights into the golden era of session guitar from Wrecking Crew luminary Carol Kaye and Tommy Tedesco’s son Denny, we move into the modern age (albeit via a raft of vintage tube amps) with recording tips courtesy of Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb, first-call LA guitarist Josh Smith’s guide to the perfect session and a tale of how digital modelling can be the answer to your sonic prayers. Elsewhere in the mag, we pay tribute to Tom Petty, review a raft of hot new gear from the likes of Fender, Maybach, Satellite Amps, G&L and Keeley and show you how to build your own acoustic guitar in the latest instalment of DIY Workshop. For all that and a FREE 2018 calendar packed full of beautifully photographed vintage and star guitars, pick up your copy of the December issue of The Guitar Magazine now!