Monthly Archives: May 2013

Assembling a Set-Neck Guitar Kit – free eBook out now!

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The brand-new eBook from “Mr Kitarablogi” – Martin Berka – takes you through the process of assembling a guitar kit from the viewpoint of a novice.

Assembling a Set-Neck Guitar Kit” is not meant as an all-encompassing encyclopedia of guitar-building knowledge, but rather as a description of how this affordable kit was transformed from a heap of components into a working electric guitar.

Get your free copyHERE!

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Review: Roland Cube Lite

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The brand-new Roland Cube Lite (current price in Finland: 155 €) is the latest model in Roland’s successful Cube-range, and the mega-selling Micro Cube’s little sibling.

Contrary to its name the Cube Lite isn’t square-shaped, but rather a stylish stereophonic (2.1) practice amp that looks more like the company’s acoustic combos. Due to its very compact size there wasn’t enough space left for batteries – the Cube Lite runs exclusively on its PSU, which is included in the package.

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The Cube Lite offers you three different COSM-modelled amplifier choices, called JC Clean, Crunch and Extreme. Apart from the Drive- and Volume-controls you’ll also find a two-band EQ-section.

The combo’s effect selection has been simmered down to a chorus and a reverb.

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All of the Roland’s inputs and outputs are found on the combo’s back panel: In addition to the regular guitar input and the mini-jack for the headphones…

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Review: Tokai AJG-88

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Tokai AJG-88 – body angle

Are you looking for something off the beaten path of Strat- and Les Paul-clones? One interesting guitar might be the Tokai AJG-88 – an homage to the Fender Jazzmaster, factory-modded for the modern player.

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Tokai AJG-88 – full front

The Tokai AJG-88 (current price in Finland: 1,099 €) is a bolt-on-neck instrument with a long scale.

Tokai AJG-88 – full back

We find a one-piece maple neck fastened to a streamlined alder body, crafted from three side-by-side pieces.

The Tokai comes in an all-gloss finish: The neck has been sprayed with clear lacquer, with the body showing off a sumptuous three-tone sunburst.

Tokai AJG-88 – headstock

One welcome nod to the 21st century is the AJG-88’s truss rod access, which has been moved from the traditional body-facing end of the neck up to the headstock for easy accessibility.

Tokai AJG-88 – tuners

The AJG-88 comes equipped with a nice set of sealed Gotoh tuners.

Tokai AJG-88 – fretboard

The chocolate-coloured rosewood fingerboard sports 22 medium-jumbo frets, which have…

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Review: Tokai TTE-55

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Tokai TTE-55 – beauty shot

Tokai’s TTE-55 is the company’s newest made-in-Japan Tele-type guitar. The TTE-55 isn’t meant to be a dead-on copy of a Tele from a certain period, but rather something like a Tokai “best-of-vintage-T” model.

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Tokai TTE-55 – full front

You can get the Tokai TTE-55 (current price in Finland: 848 €) with either a one-piece maple neck – as on our White Blonde review sample – or equipped with a rosewood ‘board.

The finish of the hardware is dependent on the body’s colour – in our case here the Tokai sports gold coloured hardware, which embues this Tele with a good dose of Mary Kaye -style panache.

Tokai TTE-55 – full back

The 1950s-type neck is screwed to a Sixties-type, bound alder body.

Tokai TTE-55 – headstock

The fine Kluson-copies have one major advantage over more recent designs: The nifty safety posts prevent any sharp string ends from sticking out.

The neck’s silky-smooth satin finish is a much more modern…

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Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars – get your FREE copy!

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Kitarablogi.com have just released their first eBook for iPad, called “Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars (Volume One)“.

Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars features over 100 pages of guitar photography, getting up close with many different models starting with Duesenberg and ESP, and continuing all the way to PRS, Schecter and Yamaha. Click on the audio-icons in the eBook to hear sound samples of all the guitars covered in this interactive tome.

Get your free copy HERE or by visiting your iBookstore!

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