Six Of The Best: Retro-style guitars, amps and basses

13th Jun 2012 | 10:50

Six Of The Best: Retro-style guitars, amps and basses
Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta amplifier
£202.80

It’s 2012, but in the guitar world, we’re going to party like it’s 1959. Here’s a small selection of the latest retro-flavoured guitar gear coming to a stage near you…

Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta amplifier

£202.80

Fender’s two-watt Greta tube amp is as vintage as your nan’s false teeth. Single 12AX7 and 12AT7 valves power a four-inch Special Design speaker for a range of clean to dirty tones. It also has an input for your mp3 player.

More information:

Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta press release
Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta amp demo

www.fender.co.uk

Six Of The Best: Retro-style guitars, amps and basses
Bogner Goldfinger 45 amplifier
£1,999

Gold custom comet-pattern-embossed vinyl adds a retro sheen to this pro-quality, two-channel valve head that’s capable of tones from any era.

More information:

Bogner Goldfinger 45 review
Bogner Goldfinger 45 amp demo

www.bogneramplification.com

Six Of The Best: Retro-style guitars, amps and basses
Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet guitar
£514

Paying tribute to the Gretsch Duo Jet, this Chinese-made Bigsby-equipped retro rocker has tones to match its sparkling looks.

More information:

Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet review
Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet demo

www.gretschguitars.com

Six Of The Best: Retro-style guitars, amps and basses
Framus Vintage Hollywood Singlecut guitar
£718

German marque Framus launched its first semi-solidbody electrics in 1958, and this new Korean-made creation revives the vibe and slightly modifies the none-more-retro styling.

More information:

Framus Vintage Hollywood Singlecut review

www.framus.de

Six Of The Best: Retro-style guitars, amps and basses
Yamaha THR5
£199

Could this be the ‘perfect third amp’? Yamaha’s THR is a reinvention of the practice amp featuring 10-watt output, full-range speakers and hi-fi functionality, and there’s a bigger THR10 version too.

More information:

Yamaha THR10 review

www.yamaha.com

Six Of The Best: Retro-style guitars, amps and basses
Godin Shifter 4 Bass
£1,050

Unusual pickups in an unusual configuration, and a familiar design aesthetic, add up to an instrument with great tones with what we could only describe as an air of ‘rightness’ about it.

More information:

Godin Shifter 4 Bass review

www.godinguitars.com

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