Thanks to a post on Premier Guitar, I discovered a really interesting brand: Tao Guitars. But instead of talking about their wonderful Phaeton model for a price of 18000€ (no, there is not a zero too many), I will speak about the new T-Bucket series, a reimagined Telecaster electric guitar in a “neo-vintage” style. It is particulary the blue one that attracted my attention. The American alder body and the quartersawn 22 cases maple neck are well selected to provide the best materials. The small dot inlays, put on the top, do a perfect link between the neck and the rosewood fingerboard. The Tao custom fretting offers a better comfort for the guitarist, and each materials were carefully selected, making this handmade instruments real masterpieces. For the sound, we can find two Custom Bare Knuckle pickups or two optional Custom Stephens Design, covered by handmade pickup covers with cuttings and black front grill rubber. Check out more pictures in the following post, and also a Brice Delage video review for La Guitare.com. Prices start at 2990€.
The French brand from Lyon presents the new Eric Poncet (Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!) signature, the Third Eye London’s Burning Baritone Dark Red. As a reminder, Third Eye is a brand of Custom 77 proposing satin guitars that I had the chance to discover during my review of the Third Eye Lust For Life Twin Black. But let us return to this magnificent Les Paul shape with a flamed maple top on the mahogany body. The Gotoh silver hardware contrasts with the speed knobs, which bring a darker aspect to the guitar. The 24 frets neck has a 60′s profile. Both Bare Knuckle Painkiller humbuckers offers fast bass response and aggressive upper mid impact, perfect for the Progressive Technical Metal styles such as Djent. Shipped with a “Deluxe” guitar case for 795€.
When we mention “the best of both worlds”, some people think about the Star Trek episode. But it is also how PRS Guitars presents its new model, the P22 Trem. This title was also given to the other P22 because it also offers two output jacks. The change is easily noticeable here: the new PRS Piezo Tremolo, even more versatile. The Maple top is still here, but can be quilted or flamed. Presented here in a Black Gold Burst color, it will be available soon in not less than 20 finishes. Musikmesse visitors can see this model right now in Frankfurt, and those who do not have this opportunity can discover it in the following post video.
Steve Stevens just got a new signature model made by Knaggs Guitars. This electric and Glam model will accompany the legendary guitarist on Billy Idol’s 2013 Anniversary Rebel Yell tour this summer. It has the same shape as the wonderful Influence Electric Kenai, and that is the first model where the Mahogany body and the Maple table are totally opaque in black. The pink binding give a pretty colored touch which remind his old signatures. The other crazy touch is the Ray guns we can see on the head but also on the Bare Knuckles Rebel Yell pickups. Also in Mahogany, the set neck contains custom pink “Morning Star” inlays on Rosewood finger board. Limited in 99 copies, the Steve Stevens Signature Model will be available soon at $6,000, and will be first introduced at the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2013.