TANGLEWOOD TWJF E & TWJP

We love cedar tops – and now Tanglewood has a pair of guitars with just that, plus some spectacular pieces of tree for backs and sides, and all at a very good price. Review by Rick Batey.

The new Java series from UK-based company Tanglewood comprises a set of four guitars – well, two really, but with an electro option on each – with some tempting timber. Solid cedar, known for its easy-speaking tone, is used for the tops – that makes a pleasant change from sitka spruce. The backs and sides are laminated with rosewood on the inside, but

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Spanish Practices

New Gibson Memphis Studio models include items for rockers and rock’n’rollers, while the latest 1959 335 tribute looks hard to resist.

After last month’s cover feature exploring the impact of Gibson’s flagship Electric Spanish range, we thought it timely to take a look at some of the newer ES options on offer from Gibson Memphis.

Above left is the ES-195, styled closely after the ES-175 – a stylish rock’n’roll archtop with humbucker sized P94 single-coils, a Trini Lopez neck with Firebird-esque headstock and double triangle inlays, a Bigsby tailpiece, tophat knobs and a choice of transparent amber or ebony finishes.

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Necks In Line

Profiles, scale lengths, fingerboard cambers, lacquer choices – all part of the myriad subtleties that dictate how a guitar neck feels to the player. We put the microscope on the finer details of neck design.

One of the most important aspects of any guitar, not surprisingly, is how easy the instrument is to play – and it’s universally agreed that this is mainly determined by the shape and feel of the neck and fingerboard. The rest of the instrument – pickups, bridge and body timber – though important, can only perform at their best once the neck is playable. In

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GIBSON SGJ

How much? And the real thing? Gibson’s new stripped-down SG offers the promise of genuine rocking thrills for remarkably little outlay. Review by Martyn Casserly

There are some words that you just don’t expect to see alongside each other. ‘Reality TV’ and ‘quality’ are a few, ‘Edward Snowden’ and ‘fair trial’ are more, but two that nary grace a well-constructed sentence are ‘Gibson’ and ‘cheap’ – unless you also add the words ‘Mel’, ‘takes’, and ‘a shot’ into the mix, maybe with a dash of ‘drunken outburst’ for good measure. So it was with tremulous fingers that we unzipped the

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DIVILL BY ITALIA F100 & M100

Italia, purveyor of all that is kitsch and kooky, has spawned a compact range of guitars under a sister brand, all costing just a little less dosh. Review by Richard Purvis

Designed by a Brit, made in the Far East yet named after a funny little country on the other side of France, Italia guitars have a deserved reputation for nostalgic frolics with an underpinning of modern practicality and solid construction. Now the company has that ultimate badge of big-time respectability: the ‘brand within a brand’. The instruments on test today are two of a new three-guitar range bearing the

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Tale about the dragon

Draco opened his eyes, stretched and yawned. Pulled his ear, listening, and turned his head in the direction from which it awakened heard the sound of metal. — What are you doing? — With interest he asked the man clad in armor, dragon vozivshegosya near the base of the neck. — Do not you see? Head you hack — man panted, still roughly blow after blow to the firm scales. [Cut] — How's it going? — Asked Dragon. — Do not bother! — Man snapped angrily. — Well, — appeasably agreed Dragon and tried to doze off again. But the

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Tale about the dragon

Draco opened his eyes, stretched and yawned. Pulled his ear, listening, and turned his head in the direction from which it awakened heard the sound of metal. — What are you doing? — With interest he asked the man clad in armor, dragon vozivshegosya near the base of the neck. — Do not you see? Head you hack — man panted, still roughly blow after blow to the firm scales. [Cut] — How’s it going? — Asked Dragon. — Do not bother! — Man snapped angrily. — Well, — appeasably agreed Dragon and tried to doze off again. But the

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Lions three years fed neighbor caught in a trap

December 26, 2012 0:13

Pride of lions in Tanzania for three years taking care of a young fellow, who is slowly dying because of metal rods, a child holds down his neck.

Lion trapped poachers in the reserve in Zambia (photo: dailymail.co.uk)

A touching story took place in the family of lions living in Mikumi National Park in Tanzania. Wild animals behave towards in distress kinsman better than sometimes behave some people. Pride three years nursed his brother, clad in metal "collar".

Wounded lion tourists first noticed back in 2009: the animal's neck squeezed noose of iron rods, in

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Heavy-vessels of the neck can turn the head owl — scientists

Owls almost lightning speed to turn his head 180 degrees, because of specialized vessels in their neck-protected zones during sudden movements of the head, say biologists in a paper published in the journal Science.

"Until now, neuroscientists, including myself, did not understand why the forest is not littered with the corpses of thousands of owls that were to be the victims of strokes due to their inherent sharp and rapid head movements. Carotid and vertebral arteries in most animals, including human and owls are vulnerable to even small breaks "- said Philip Gellud (Philippe Gailloud) of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore

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Bloggers looking for sadists, tore a dog paw

The shocking case of a homeless dog bonus that crippled unknown sadist, severing his hind legs and cut the neck causes a stir Peter. Bloggers looking fanatic and check all versions. The most likely — the dog wanted to eat, and therefore suspended by his feet and lowered blood. January 23 indifferent people will gather at the St. Petersburg group gathering against cruelty to animals and require the authorities of the laws on the protection of animals.

On the bleeding mongrel with torn hind legs stumbled upon the young skier, and ride on Saturday, 15 January, Yuntolovsky sanctuary on the

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