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Peavey Tracer Series
Thu 02 Aug 2018

The original Peavey Tracer model was introduced in 1988. The models in the Peavey Tracer Series that came after the first model were made to compete with the popular Charvel/Jackson, Ibanez and Kramer guitars in the hard-rock genre. The main features are poplar bodies, an (allegedly) Schaller 2 in 1 humbucking pickup and bilaminated rock maple necks using...

Hamer Mirage Series
Wed 21 Mar 2018

The Hamer Mirage series was introduced in 1994 and were upscale double cutaway models but never really caught on like PRS. They only produced a total number of 864 guitars. That's a shame because they seem like great instruments. The series started of with the Mirage I (GMIR I) in 1994 of which only 344 were produced. A year later the Mirage II (GMIR II) was introduced of...

Charvel Model Series
Mon 26 Feb 2018

In the mid 1980's Jackson Charvel Guitars was making a name for itself  for delivering great custom built guitars where the amount of options were staggering. Essentially, each California-produced Charvel guitar was a hand-built custom instrument. The success of Jackson Charvel led to the establishment mass production of the more popular configurations. Grover Jackson licensed...

Yamaha Weddington Series
Wed 26 Apr 2017

In the late eighties and early nineties Rich Lasner was a Senior Guitar Designer at Yamaha. Together with Leo Knapp who was a guitar builder and Ken Dapron he formed Yamaha Guitar Development in North Hollywood. They worked with Jackie Minakuchi who worked for Yamaha in Japan who had a staff of 4-5 men to translate the designs,  that Lasner did on paper,  to the computer. To test the...

Yamaha Pacifica Floyd Rose
Mon 02 Jan 2017

If you think about a Yamaha Pacifica, you think about a Stratocaster copy with a traditional tremolo and an HSS pickup configuration. The Yamaha Pacifica 112 introduced in 1994 is one of the most popular guitars for beginners and is often recommended by guitar teachers to their students because of its versatility. The earlier Yamaha Pacificas, developed by Rich Lasner however...

Gibson M Series Guitars
Sun 23 Oct 2016

On this website I tend to not focus on the two big most known guitar brands. But if I do feature guitars of these brands they have to be lesser known models of these brands. Well, today I'm writing about the Gibson M Series guitars. Another guitar  model from the nineties, the time I first got introduced to guitars. So somewhere in my memory I still remember reading about or...

Ibanez Radius series
Fri 05 Feb 2016

The Ibanez Radius series or "R series" was first launched in 1987 with the introduction of the Ibanez 540R where the R stands for Radius. Originally the Ibanez 540R together with the Ibanez 540S (Saber) and the Ibanez 540P (Power) were part of the Roadstar (II)Pro 540 series....

Ibanez RG Fixed Bridge
Sat 02 Jan 2016

As far as I remember I have always associated the Ibanez RG with Floyd Rose like tremolos. That's why I like to highlight the RG's featuring non Floyd Rose type tremolos/bridges. In earlier posts I've already highlighted the Ibanez RT series and also Ibanez' Andy Timmons signature...

Washburn Mercury Series
Thu 10 Dec 2015

A few decades ago when I was looking to buy my first guitar I went to many guitar stores and read through many guitar magazines. My young and susceptible brain was bombarded with many advertisements and catalogs of many brands. And the rule is, the brands that spend more on advertising are positioned better in the psyche of the target audience. So the brands that stuck with me from that time...

Ibanez Andy Timmons AT100
Thu 26 Nov 2015

The last time I was searching for information about the Ibanez RT series I came accross an Ibanez brochure where this guitarist, Andy Timmons, was holding the...

Ibanez Paul Gilbert Fireman
Thu 05 Nov 2015

While browsing and reading about guitars I came across the story of the Ibanez Fireman. The story goes that Paul Gilbert played around with some pictures of an Ibanez Iceman in photoshop and flipped it around, reversed the headstock and added a cutaway. The Ibanez LA Custom Shop made this guitar for him equipped with 3 hum cancelling single coil pickups that were mounted at an angle....

Yamaha Pacifica
Mon 01 Jun 2015

I'm still on a quest for a new strat-like guitar and since my first guitar was the Yamaha RGX 612A, another Yamaha line, the Pacifica series came to my attention. I read some good stuff on the internet about Yamaha Pacificas, they have quite the reputation of being solid guitars for a good price. That's also the reason many guitar teachers...

Takamine GX100
Sun 15 Mar 2015

Last year I bought a Takamine GJ72CE Electric Acoustic guitar. A purchase that I'm quite happy with. I like the way it plays, the way it sounds and the way it looks. The form, the materials and the headstock. I love that the strings stay parallel from the nut to the tuners. Takamine is well known for their electric acoustic guitars. Not many people know that they also made a few solid bodied...

PRS Classic Electric
Sat 07 Mar 2015

The guitar that's been on my wish list for a very long time is the Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. I find PRS guitars very beautifully designed and love the lines and curves on PRS guitars. Since the PRS Custom 24 is at the core of what started it all for Paul Reed Smith it's the PRS that's been on my list. But lately I'm more into stratlike guitars, and am looking to buy a strat or strat...

Peavey Vandenberg Signature Pink
Mon 23 Feb 2015

When I started out learning to play the guitar, my guitar teacher had this poster of a long haired glamrocker with a pink guitar. I remembered that poster because the guitar in it had a very distinct form. You could recognize it from far away. Years later I learned that the guitarist on that poster was...

Yamaha RGX Cutaway
Tue 17 Feb 2015

As I mentioned in my first blog post on this website, my very first guitar was the Yamaha RGX 612A. At the time that I bought this guitar when I was 14 I didn't know much about guitars, but now a few decades later I can say that I made a good purchase (1000 dutch guilders). At f...

Ibanez RT 650
Mon 02 Feb 2015

I was looking for another guitar to complement my Yamaha RGX612A the other day and was searching for a more traditional Strat type guitar. My criteria were: An alder body, a two point standard bridge, a 25.5 inch scale neck with preferably a maple fret board and an HSS pickup configuration. I was looking at some...

Yamaha RGX 612A
Mon 19 Jan 2015

Welcome all to Axebtion! The guitar expo. I finally published this website. It's been on my mind for quite a while but now I finally pushed through and (soft)launched this website. www.axebition.com is a site with guitar specifications. It's far from complete at the time of writing. But I made a start. My first guitar was the...