Monthly Archives: June 2015

Review: Halla Custom Instruments SG-Style – Finland's premier Guitar and Bass blog

Halla Custom SG – body beauty reverse

Halla Custom Instruments is one of a number of cool small instrument makers in Finland. The company is run by trained luthier-artisan Ville Mattila and specialises in one-off custom electric and acoustic string instruments. Ville Mattila is a member of the Guild of Finnish Luthiers.

Kitarablogi received a stunning Halla Custom electric for testing. The guitar may look like a tribute to the Gibson SG, but there’s more to this Halla than meets the eye!


Halla Custom SG – full front

Just looking at the Halla Custom SG (price approximately 3,000 €) I had to catch my breath. This is a turquoise bombshell of a guitar, with a healthy dose of additional glitz added by the golden hardware.

But the fantastic paint job (using very hard acrylic lacquer) is only part of the story: “It’s an SG, Jim, but not as we know it!”

Halla Custom SG – back beauty

The Halla Custom SG fuses design aspects from…

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Review: Fender American Standard Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker – Finland's premier Guitar and Bass blog

Fender Am Std Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker – in case

What – yet another Stratocaster model!? Who needs another Strat? Yeah, man, I’ve noticed there’s a ‘bucker at the bridge position, but that’s been done before, hasn’t it!

True, but this is a new American Standard model you should definitely try out, because the guys at Fender R&D have come up with a couple of nifty improvements that haven’t bee available on HSS-Strats thus far.

Fender Am Std Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker – The Shawbucker

A Shaw-what?

Fender calls its newest bridge humbucker the Shawbucker in honour of the man who designed it, Tim Shaw. Mr Shaw is a genuine living legend, and held in high esteem amongst people in the know. In the 1970s and 80s he worked for Gibson, and helped to turn around the company’s flagging fortunes and decline in quality. As the resident electronic guru he played a pivotal role during the design of models, such as the Gibson Les Paul Heritage…

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