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At Fender, we tend to use words like ‘potting’ and ‘coating’ as the same thing: both involve submerging the pickup in a material that will stick the tiny strands of magnet wire together to keep them from vibrating. Fender American Performer Telecaster Hum review Reorganised and refreshed £999; €1,035; $1,099; By Dave Burrluck 09 January 2019. Five years on from the King Of The Blues’ death in 2015, aged 89, a new movie featuring Wendell Pierce as BB is in the works. The guitar-pop pendulum has certainly swung back towards Fender in recent years and their innate clarity and percussive quality means these instruments seem to be able to find space in any mix, no matter how dense or inorganic the surroundings. The most dangerous time of year for your wallets is here. Both models feature alder bodies as well. Unveiled in early December 2018, Fender’s American Performer Series seeks to offer just that, with nine new guitars and basses bristling with new features in a candy store of colours. Fender overhauls its most affordable USA-made instruments for 2019 with new pickups, a fresh lick of paint and plenty more besides. “When we started, we weren't reinventing the wheel.”. Read our review of the American Performer Strat and Tele, and the American Performer P-Bass. In the first of a series looking at the chord shapes and sequences used by the Beatles, we get inside the head of John Lennon and find a solid rhythm guitarist with an ear for original chord changes. He’s famously driven and single-minded, constantly seeking out great instruments and unique sounds to build a unique catalogue of stellar guitar music. In part two of our look at the chord shapes and sequences which define Paul Simon’s sound, we focus on his early years as a solo artist. “Joey Brasler [Fender’s VP, Product Development] and I spent a week here, listening to prototype pickups, winding more, and determining what the voice of each guitar should be. This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene. Average gigbag. What's "hum"? In our final part of our look at the stylings of the legendary Three Kings, we tackle the searing style of Freddie King. © 2020 Guitar.com is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. The political uncertainty of recent times has seen the British pound hit record lows against the US dollar, and the prices of North American-made guitars and basses have risen accordingly. Joining our Stratocaster and Telecaster in the American Performer ranks are a neck-humbucker equipped Tele, a Jazzmaster with a Strat-style vibrato, a Mustang, a HSS Strat, and Mustang, Jazz and Precision Basses. All that said, £1,000 or $1,200 is still an important psychological price-point at which players rightly expect an instrument that ticks all of the ‘serious guitar’ boxes, and will do the business everywhere, from sticky club stages to YouTube, for many years to come. From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. The supplied gigbags are a little flimsy for anything more intensive than a quick trip to a rehearsal or local live show – thicker padding and more comfortable shoulder straps wouldn’t go amiss for those who carry their instruments on public transport, either. Either way, the American Performer is an intriguing alternative in a ever-evolving Fender line that admirably offers options for many kinds of players. Fender American Performer Telecaster HUM deals. To my ear, shellac ‘breathes’ more than wax does; the pickups are a bit more responsive with shellac than they are with wax, and that’s an important component of the sound of the Performer Series pickups. On the American Performer Mustang Bass, we went back to the original drawings for inspiration and designed a new pickup that pairs very well with the new American Performer Jazz bass bridge pickup.”. On our review Stratocaster, we find a trio of new Yosemite single-coils. The latest guitar news, reviews and features delivered to your inbox. Wax-dipped pickups are ready for production use as soon as they’re cool enough to handle, while shellac has a drying time, and that may help explain why Fender has continued to use wax most often. From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. Guitar.com is the world’s leading authority and resource for all things guitar. We caught up with the man himself to talk tone, finding beauty in corners, and why there’s something very special about a black sparkle finish…, The mysterious multi-instrumentalist, producer and guitar-builder discusses his recently released EP, why guitars should look cooler than they sound, and being a body double for Sacha Baron Cohen. “He had an Esquire with a pickup that had been replaced or rewound many times and he couldn’t use it, so he asked me to come up with something interesting. We’ll be exploring this technology further on other new models! Our Verdict . Testament legend Alex Skolnick on discovering his inner jazz cat, different rigs for different moods and the influence of Eddie Van Halen. Plug any good Strat or Telecaster loaded with its most popular pickup configuration into a high-quality amplifier and it’s funny how utterly contemporary it still sounds. The December 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Each guitar has a unique pickup set, and all of them have at least one pickup with alnico IV magnets. As with the American Pro Series, we already knew the basic specs for the guitars and basses, and our test guitars were selected accordingly. You can always unsubscribe (so you won't receive any more e-mails) by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each e-mail. “I’d been experimenting with alnico IV in rod magnet form; it had been used in the 1960s as a bar magnet by several companies. All other Strat-isms are present and correct and the neck pickup in isolation is a particularly harmonically rich and enjoyable take on that classic Strat position-five tone that suits reverb and whammy-bar wobble – even if the guitar arrived with a rather stiff five-spring setup and the bridge flat to the body. While the patent involves more than what we’re using here, the original idea was simple enough. The DC-based musician on struggling to fit in, finding his tribe with the goth kids, and chasing the guitar sound in his head. Alnico magnets have different recipes or chemical compositions, and these have a major effect on how they sound. The Telecaster’s three-way wiring is simpler, and it also features new pickups named after the Sierra Nevada’s most popular tourist destination. No bigger than a chunky stompbox, Orange’s latest Terror is a fully fledged 20-watt amplifier complete with valve preamp and (sort of) channel switching.