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Letters from America

This beautiful Swedish-built ‘burst marries classic Les Paul and Telecaster-style looks with fine luthiery. DAVE HUNTER sings the Blues…

Dave Hunter is a writer and musician who has worked in the US and the UK. A former editor of this title, he is the author of numerous books including The Guitar Amp Handbook, Guitar Effects Pedals, Amped and The Fender Telecaster.

I first encountered Johan Gustavsson’s Bluesmaster Custom 59 in the ether, via word of mouth and fevered forum discussion. What was this gorgeous beast that melded classic designs, cost nearly twice as much as a Gibson Custom Les Paul reissue, and promised the closest thing available to circa ’59 Burst tones? Some years later, I finally got my hands on one, and perhaps the most surprising aspect of the experience was how immediately I determined that owning such a guitar would be worth every penny of the steep asking price. Word often has it that Gustavsson is able to capture ‘old-wood tone’ and ‘vintage-guitar feel’ in his new creations. Spoiler alert: somehow or other, he really does, and it’s a wonderful thing.

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The February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine is available in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January. Join us as we take a trip to Guitar Town, tracing the history of the Nashville music scene and profiling a who’s who of the city’s galaxy of guitar stars. We go guitar shopping in Tennessee's neon-lit state capital and talk to two of the world’s leading fretted instrument experts, George Gruhn and Walter Carter, about the state of the vintage market today and we also stop by at the Gibson Custom Shop to see the company’s True Historic Les Pauls roll off the production line and find out what makes them the company’s best guitars since its golden era. Elsewhere in the mag, our DIY Workshop shows you how to ID a genuine 1950s Stratocaster, we talk guitar with Aerosmith legend Brad Whitford and we review a stack of great new gear from PRS, Dr Z, Orange, TC Electronic, Louis Electric, Fulltone, Hartke, Smorg Pedalboards, Pigtronix and more. If that’s not enough for you, how about the chance to win one of three PRS guitars for a year and become a roving reporter for G&B in the process? Buy the February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January.
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