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ROCK-ANDROLL ANIMAL
Relic the Hague's Scumbag

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nown for producing high-quality
"aged" guitars in famous body archetypes, Relic the Hague has taken to developing its own models, including the new
Scumbag. Made in the Netherlands right
down to its pickups and included custom
strap, the Scumbag blends a bit of Gibson
vibe with a little Fender mojo.
On the surface, the Scumbag is a simple
rock beast. With a 25.5"-scale neck, maple
fingerboard, and bolt-neck construction, it has
the design and spunky nature of a Strat or Tele.
Another nod to the past is the guitar's "snake
head" headstock, a throwback to Leo Fender's
1949 Broadcaster/Telecaster prototype. With

Price: $1,730
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its squared-off three-and-three design, it's a
clever way to evoke Gibson and Fender.
The Scumbag has Kluson double-line
tuners, a TonePros wraparound bridge,
vintage cloth wire, Switchcraft jack and
switch, CTS pots (there's a push/pull option
for coil tapping), and Sprague "orange drop"
capacitors. The True PAF humbuckers are
made by Bob Gabriel of Netherlands-based 4
Seasons Pickups. Additionally, the Scumbag

comes with a choice of two neck
profiles - Fat C or Modern C. Its
9.5" fingerboard radius is presented cleanly,
with just two dots at the 12th fret.
Part of the Scumbag's appeal is its construction. Its two-piece, double-cut alder
body has a thin nitrocellulose finish (the
builders stress that there are no poly layers),
which helps a solidbody make a chunkier
tone like classic '50s axes. To finish the look,
the Scumbag is offered in black and white
finishes with just the slightest bit of relic
work - a few signs of distress in the finish
along with aged pickup covers and bridge.
While solidbodies sometimes can sound
flat and uninspiring, occasionally one shows
up with a big, fat tone. This plank is a case
in point. Plugged into a tube combo, the
Scumbag is loud and resonant, displaying a
big personality and plenty of tone. It all speaks
to a combination of materials, notably that
alder body and bolt-on maple neck that provide plenty of chime and sparkle, but given
a twist with the Bob Gabriel humbuckers.
Ultimately, Relic the Hague's Scumbag is
the kind of rock and roll machine its Dutch
builders intended, able to roar through
anything from a small combo to a half-stack.
Most pickers will find killer sounds here, and
paired with the fine neck setup, there's a lot
to like about this solidbody. No question,
the Scumbag is a rocker. - Pete Prown

DEAN MARKLEY BLUE
STEEL CABLES

Dean Markley Blue Steel Cables for
instruments and speakers are made
using proprietary Cryo-Tech processing,
which the company says helps reduce
hum and noise while increasing durability. They are available in various lengths
with straight or right-angle connections and carry a lifetime warranty.

GHS BALANCED NICKEL
BASS STRINGS

GHS Balanced Nickel strings for bass use
two cover wraps around the core wire,
which the company says increases tonality, tension,and playability. They are available in light and medium gauges for fourstring, five-string, and short-scale basses.

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VINTAGE GUITAR

PRS S2 VR VELA

PRS Guitars' limited-edition S2 VR Vela
was developed with Vernon Reid and has
an offset-cutaway body, HFS pickups,
Floyd Rose 1000 Series vibrato, and
V-shape neck. It is made in the U.S.


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