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A quick conversation about the new Musicvox 12 string bass.

January 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Photo soon….

When did Musicvox start making the Space Cadet 12 string bass?

..Musicvox first produced the 12 string bass in 1999 & revealed it at the ’99 summer NAMM show. It was the first affordable factory production 12 string bass ever made. Previously 12 basses were special order from boutique USA manufacturers. It was designed by me with input from 12 bassists from Hawaii to Eastern Europe. Musicvox polled many pro bassists and got the following consensus….as many of their expensive 12 basses had failed over time due to construction issues or did not perform to their expectations….
Locking tuners
Twin double truss rods
Neck through body construction
Dual output jacks
Active and passive electronics
It was a hit from the start , factory production in 2000, 2001 by 2002.
Musicvox has been asked to bring it back so here it is. New production should arrive by early April. I am taking advanced reservation deposits on this limited special instrument. It will be available in bound body,neck & headstock Silver Sparkle, gold sparkle, red metallic, black, white , 3 tone sunburst and Seafoam green. Musicvoxwill be posting more on youtube & our FB pages. It is the only 12 bass being shown at NAMM this year and he most popular instrument for our NAMM visitors this year!
Thank you clay!!

Musicvox Space Cadet

September 20, 2012 2 comments

The Musicvox Space Cadet is a beast, and I mean that is the best way possible.

Looking like a Les Paul mated with a Telecaster and created a new species of 6 stringed goodness, the Space Cadet still manages to create an identity all its own.

Made by the wonderful boutique guitar company from New Jersey that gave us the Space Ranger ( Musicvox-see earlier review,) The Space Cadet is a bolt-on, solid body , two humbucker, 6 string slab o’goodness.

I unpacked the guitar, slapped on some new strings and took it to practice. I tuned it once.

Two and a half hours later, I unplugged it and placed it back in its gig bag- totally satisfied with the experience of playing. The bridge pickup through a minimal amount of gain produced a meaty sound while retaining enough brightness to cut through and give my guitar placement in the rather loud room mix.

It is not often that a guitar moves into main instrument status after one playing session, but I am satisfied and trusting enough of this beauty to play it this coming weekend at a rather large festival.

I cannot recommend this instrument enough. If it fits your budget- it will meet your needs.

IfWhen you buy one, and you should- tell ’em we sent ya…. review:

For $829.00 you are getting a guitar that hangs with the best of the overpriced American Made guitars, (BUT, the Musicvox is not overpriced…. )Bonus fact: this one looks cooler.

Waterstone Voltaire

July 20, 2012 Leave a comment

The Voltaire guitar from our friends at Waterstone is, obviously based on the classic design of the  Gibson Firebird.

Unlike the Firebird, this guitar features a price that fits the budget of any gigging musician… But more about the price in a few. First let’s take a look at this bolt-on beauty:

The review model came in a wonderful shade of green that most guitar manufacturers would shy away from- not Waterstone.

I received the guitar and played it the very next day at a pretty big gig with multiple bands. Instead of “Hellos”, I heard- “Wow, cool guitar.” Which is a great place to jump in…

This guitar is stunning. The finish is impeccable, as are all Waterstone’s we have played.

The Sound? Exactly as one would expect- the dirty was immediately accessible, and the clean had a bit of dirt on it…it’s not a telecaster, but if you want one of those- I’ll be happy to point you to one. This is a guitar made to grab attention and a place in the mix. The humbuckers make sure of the second, the construction and finish – the first.

The pickups had no issues, the tuners were tight and clean, and the frets had no rough edges, all things to look for on any guitar imported from China.

Okay- Now about that price: $649.95… beat that with a stick… well not really. review:


Waterstone Trilby

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

A great thing about reviewing guitars is getting to review new models…..

The Waterstone Trilby is one such instrument. While attending Summer NAMM in Nashville this past July, I was introduced to this little single pick up beauty. While there, I watched numerous players pick this little guitar up and rip it, then requested a chance to review it when the production models arrived in Nashville. That day has finally arrived..

The Trilby is kind of an oddity, with a small body and full 25.5 inch scale. It is also deceivingly heavy, weighing in at about 8 pounds. But it is a very cool little oddity.

First thing- the appearance (which we have established, is what draws me to an instrument..) The Trilby has a cool scalloped body, calling to mind numerous guitars from the late 50’s, early 60’s.  The finish is stellar, as are most Waterstone’s.  My only complaint would be the pickguard, as I prefer a simple white or black….but that seems a bit petty, no? Overall this guitar has that distinct, “Look At Me!” factor that I seem to be drawn to.

It is also pretty thick- contributing to the weight ,and  in this player’s opinion, adding to the second thing we are gonna mention- a nice meaty tone.

The single humbucker gives a couple of choices in the tone department- meaty, or more meaty. Not a bad thing- works great for the kind of rock I love to play.

It is  cool to me that this very pretty guitar has such a devious sound- it is  kinda like a hot chick that drives a truck.

This is also the first Waterstone that we have reviewed to  feature a tremolo, which to this rhythm player is not important, but was really cool to my 7 year old son, and probably is to the Lead players out there reading this.

Overall, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Waterstone Trilby for those of you looking for a pretty guitar that just flat out rocks. Like all recommendations- it does not break the bank, either.

A nice little stunner with punch- the Trilby. review

Knucklehead Guitar Strings.

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I play a lot of acoustic solo shows. 100+ last year.

I use my trustworthy Laguna for these, but 100 shows can mean a small fortune in strings. No one wants to keep old strings on, gig after gig, with that sound of muted rubber bands squawking. Not to mention the dreaded black/green fingertips that occur with most strings after a week or so. At the same time, the reason most of us play that quantity of acoutic shows is to make money, not spend more.

6stringdeals highlights affordable, quality instruments, so today, I wanted to mention something ultimately important to any stringed instrument-strings.

For several years, with the exception of  a short break due to numerous causes, I have used Knucklehead strings.

Great sound, but most importantly for my budget- long-lived great sound. I have tried more expensive, specialty strings, but these guys in the goofy packaging stand up to any ‘coostic cover gig, or ten. Sometimes more, depending on my level of laziness. I have pushed a set too far, but for the most part, these strings last longer than those black package strings that cost about 3x more.

The electric strings are pretty good, too. I recommend the short-bus, with extra High -E string.

And yes, I tried them first because of the packaging… Just like a guitar, looks are what make you want ’em first. Like  most of  the guitars we have reviewed, in addition to the appearance, the quality was there too.

The posted price is about $8.95 per set, but they have a good artist program, if you play a lot, etc, that brings the price down to under $6 a pack. A simple application process and a short wait will let you know if you qualify.

I will be reviewing another string company in the next few days… The prices there are outstanding- I will let you know about the quality in a few.

More Guitar and Bass reviews soon…

Waterstone Meaden FRETLESS 4 string bass

January 26, 2012 1 comment

Mwaah…that describes it

I love the mwah.

The Waterstone Meaden Fretless 4 string bass is a limited edition stunner. It is a medium scale instrument with a full hollow construction, making it lightweight , while sized the same as the Meaden guitar.

Like every Waterstone I have encountered, the finish is great and the binding is eye catching. A bad word cannot be spoken about the appearance of any model we have reviewed, and there have been several!

Back to the bass… with the hollow construction, the fretless “mwah” that so many love is resonant and full, and the pickup positioning allows for a variety of tones from deep to bright

Being fretless, the dot markers on the side of the neck indicate finger positioning and fret position which makes it easy to learn the neck. As with all fretless instruments, “learning” the neck is mandatory but not an unpleasant endeavor. Especially on this beauty.

Like all Waterstone basses, the factory setup is very good.

Guitar setups have been known to be less than satisfactory (always easily remedied), but there is something magical about a Waterstone bass- and this special fretless Meaden in no exception. review: