Vintage Guitar - July 2018 - open - 125
The Guild Jetstar
n 1964, Guild launched its original Jetstar
as the company's budget-friendly solidbody. With a more-conventional shape than
the S-200 Thunderbird introduced shortly
before, the Jetstar didn't quite set the market ablaze, and thus was manufactured in
limited numbers; today, original examples
fetch upward of $1,700.
The early Jetstar was a single-pickup
guitar and though Guild presents this new
model as a reissue, it's actually a mash-up of
features more closely resembling the original
Polara. Because that name is in use, though,
the company settled on Jetstar.
This new Jetstar has a mahogany body, 10"
fingerboard radius, set neck with 25.5" scale,
and a nut width of 111/16". Previous Polaras
had short-scale necks, so the full scale here
is an upgrade, and the body is finished in
one of three polyurethane choices - Seafoam
Green with white pickguard, black, or white
(the latter two with tortoiseshell guard).
Guild calls the neck profile "Shallow C,"
but it has a bit more beef than most modern
C and shredder necks. It's quite comfortable, with a volute to reinforce. The elegant
scroll-shaped headstock, with its backward
pitch and classy pearloid Guild pyramid
logo, is sure to elicit opinions pro and con.
The fingerboard is attractively grained pau
ferro with 22 flawless narrow jumbo frets,
and in-line Kluson-like tuning gears with
nickel plating matching that on the tune-omatic bridge and stop tailpiece.
From an electronics standpoint, the Jetstar sports two dual-coil Guild LB-1 Little
Humbucker pickups, standard in most
reissue Guilds. They accentuate high-end
cut and offer trebly spank when played
clean but fatten up nicely when overdriven.
The Jetstar has one Volume and one Tone
control and a three-way toggle to complete
its simple, classic layout.
Strapped on, the Jetstar is extremely
well-balanced with no neck dive. Plugged
in, it delivers; chords are crisp and clear
on a clean setting, and pentatonic soloing with aggressive bends and a healthy
amount of overdrive are very satisfying.
Plus, the Jetstar weighs in around just seven
pounds, making it easy to sling through a
four-hour bar gig.
While the new Jetstar may not be perfectly
faithful to the original, what's in a name?
Underneath all that retro styling lurks
a cool little guitar suitable to add to any
arsenal. - Bob Cianci
MAGNATONE DOUBLE V 80TH
Magnatone's Double V 80th Anniversary
Stereo Amp has independent preamps
with EQ, stereo input, right and left
speaker jacks, stereo line out, effects
loop, vibrato, tremolo, and reverb. It uses
Celestion Gold speakers and mono-block
power amps with 6L6 tubes to produce
70 watts of power. Its design separates
the power amps from its preamps.
REVEREND BILLY CORGAN TERZ
NS NXTA RADIUS
Ned Steinberger's NXTa Radius bass
is made with straight-grain maple in a
headless design with self-clamping tuning system, custom pickups made by
EMG, and active/passive electronics by
Mi-Si. It's available fretted or fretless and
in four- or five-string configurations.
Reverend's Terz guitar was designed in
collaboration with Billy Corgan. It has a
chambered Korina body, maple neck, stringthrough bridge, Boneite nut, segmented aluminum pickguards, a Railhammer Billy Corgan Pickup, locking tuners, and Reverend's
Bass Contour Control. It has a 21.5" scale
and is tuned to a minor third - G-C-F-A#-D-G.