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Issue 402

JANUARY 2016

W I N! A F EN DER CL A S SIC PL AY ER BA JA ’6 0 s T ELE I NSI DE

Essential
Tone Machines

2015

Ian Thornley on
virtuosic blues

Inside Orange’s
amp-design shop

Kossoff’s ’Burst
under the hammer

Charlie Sexton,
Dylan’s guitarist

John McLaughlin
on fusion technique

WORLD
EXCLUSIVE

YAMAHA
REVSTAR

What the fork! First play
of new electrics

p116

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90 GUITARIST JANUARY 2016

RIGS of the YEAR

TONE MONSTERS

WHY IT WORKS – AND THE ALTERNATIVES…

TheAncho Poblano Stratwas all about the pickups, adding‘spice’while retaining

vintagetonality.Togetcloser inyourownStrat,you’re looking forslightlyoverwound

AlnicoIII/heavyFormvar-woundneckandmiddlepickups,withanevenmoreoverwound,

flat-staggerAlnicoV/plain-enamel-woundbridgepickup.Alternatively,somekindof

simpleboostpedal,setalmostoff–TCSparkMini (£55)orXoticBBPreamp (£199)

– canbring someverywelcomeextra sizzle.

TheToneKing’sace inthehole,apart fromitswonderful tones,is thesuperb inbuilt

Ironmanattenuator,which enables you todial in the right amount of power-section

saturation at lower volumes.Sadly, that’s no longer available as a separate product

in theUK,but thereareotherattenuatorson themarket.ThePalmerPDI06 (£179)

is simple and inexpensive; the Radial Headload Loadbox (£949) adds a tonne of

features for live and studio use, while the Two Notes Torpedo Reload (£499) is a

comprehensivestudio tool completewithasuperbplug-in foryourDAW.If your loud

ampneeds taming,one of these has the perfect answer for you!

And so to theArcher. It’s amid/treble-rich,quick-attackKlonCentaur-alike that

won’t suit everyone.Foramorecompressednoteattackand lessofamidhump,the

goodoldBossBD-2BluesDriver (£65) is still a great choiceandwillworkwellwith

the Tone King, as will the new J Rockett The Dude (£169), based on a Dumble

Overdrive Special,no less.Ahem.

WORDS MICK TAYLOR

Superbly usable at
20 attenuated watts and

beautifully designed, but it’s
all about that SOUND!

Everyone who played one
wanted to take it home

We loved the unashamedly
huge neck profile of the
Ancho Poblano. It’s a Strat
with real authority and just
the right amount of scuzz!

Use it as a boost, with the
level up and the gain down
for that classic fast-but-fat

Klon-style voice

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