Feb 202018
 

For several years now, the name Hahn is likely to have come up in any conversation about high-end T-style guitars. The man behind the brand, Chihoe Hahn, is a veritable Tele nut, but with a recent move further upriver from his old premises just outside NYC to the picturesque Hudson Valley town of Newburgh, New York, Hahn has also ventured into more original creations, such as this Model 910. Innately “Tele-like” in the broad sense, it’s actually a very different guitar where it counts—and once you plug it in—even if it relies on many upgraded-Tele concepts and constructs to get where it’s going.

As hinted by the stylishly down-swept lower horn, the 910 is really a long way outside T-town once you get in close. Excepting, of course, the bolt-on maple neck with unbound rosewood fretboard, and Hahn’s stylish ivory-lacquered headstock. It’s worth noting, however, that even this is attached with Hahn’s own 0.10” stainless-steel neck plate—and, like any other Hahn I’ve checked out, it’s attached in a neck pocket so tight you can carry the guitar around by the neck even after removing the mounting screws. The neck profile is an extremely comfortable rounded-C that’s .85” deep at the 1st fret, and a hybrid 1 21/32” wide across the bone nut. But it all gets more overtly original once we roll down to the body. Constructed from a single piece of mahogany with a lush, luminous grain, the 2”-deep slab is heavily chambered toward the goal of a versatile semi-hollow-like tone, with the bonus of a light weight of 6.5 lbs. Hahn has taken the 910 on a playful turn with a deep-red top finish set off by a thin white key line around the body’s edge—all achieved with 25 coats of nitrocellulose lacquer resulting in a finish that’s still only .004” thick, which still reveals a lovely, brilliant grain in the guitar’s back and sides.

Another new direction for Hahn involves the winding their own pickups, work done largely by assistant-builder Rob Banta, who crafted a pair of PAF-inspired humbuckers for this 910. Distinguished by their firestripe tortoise-shell tops, black hex poles, and cutaway covers, they’re spec’d toward the lower end of the vintage range with readings of 7.48kΩ bridge and 6.56kΩ neck. Also worth a nod here is Hahn’s in-house “H” bridge, a chopped-T-style cut from a solid billet of cold-rolled steel, then lacquered, and fitted with compensated brass saddles. It can be strung either through-body or top-loaded. The difference, Chihoe tells us, equates to a tighter sound with more bass and lower mids and added harmonic content done through-body, while top-loaded elicits a looser feel with a little less attack—and therefore more perceived sustain—with a more Gibson-like response, which is also potentially better with overdriven tones.

Tested through a Divided by 13 JRT 9/15 combo and a Marshall 2204 head and 2×12 cab, the 910 paid major dividends on its Tele-meets-335 premise. The guitar delivers major clarity and articulation, yet with plenty of meat and warmth behind it, and an airy sparkle that lends body to cleaner jangly and twang styles. Add some gain at either amp, though, and it sings with a muscular authority that never gets muddy or flabby, achieving many of the tricks of a great ES-335, yet with the big low-E “boing” of a 25.5”-scale guitar. Extremely versatile and appealing at every level, the Hahn 910 is a beautiful workhorse that has its own thing going on, and is a lot of guitar at this price.

SPECIFICATIONS

CONTACT hahnguitars.com

MODEL 910

PRICE $3,400 street
NUT WIDTH 1 21/32” wide, bone
NECK Maple, rounded-C profile
FRETBOARD Rosewood, 25.5” scale, 9.5” radius
FRETS 21 medium-jumbo
TUNERS Gotoh Kluson tuners
BODY 2”-deep mahogany body, heavily chambered
BRIDGE Hahn “H” bridge with compensated T-style saddles (top-loading or through-body)
PICKUPS Two Hahn PAF-style humbuckers with tortoise-shell tops
CONTROLS Master Volume and Tone, 3-way switch
FACTORY STRINGS D’Addario .010-.046
WEIGHT 6.5 lbs
BUILT USA
KUDOS Outstanding construction quality. Appealingly original styling. Versatile, top-shelf tones.
CONCERNS None.

Review: Hahn Model 910
Source: Guitar Player

Feb 202018
 

Fender has announced its new Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline guitar. The guitar—Eric Johnson’s third Signature model with Fender—is the company’s first custom-chambered semi-hollow Stratocaster guitar to include a traditional Stratocaster arm and body contours.

The model—which Johnson developed with Fender over the course of nearly two years—features a lightweight capped alder semi-hollow body with an F-hole, three single-coil Stratocaster pickups specially voiced to meet Johnson’s specifications, and a “’57 Soft V”-shaped one-piece maple neck with a 12”-radius maple fingerboard and 21 medium-jumbo frets.

“With this third signature model it was important to me that we create something new that could widen horizons and pull in different styles of music,” Johnson said in a statement. “When I’m writing, my go-to instrument is a Strat, because it’s so universal and versatile—but I’ve always loved semi-hollow body guitars. There’s a certain resonance you get out of an acoustic guitar, and I was curious if combining that with a Strat would add another dimension. I knew Fender was the perfect partner to work with on this, and the process of bringing new innovations to players is always exciting.”

Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline

The guitar has custom chambers, traditional Strat contours and a nitrocellulose lacquer finish. It also has no tremolo cavity cover on the back and no screw holes for one. Other features include a vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge and staggered tuning machines that provide the proper break angle at the nut for improved tuning stability. A vintage-style tremolo with silver-painted block, ’57-style string recesses, a thin headstock with vintage-style staggered tuning machines, a ’57-style parchment pickguard and an “ashtray” bridge cover also come standard.

The Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline is available now for $1999.99.

To pick one up for yourself, stop by fender.com.

Fender Unveils Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline
Source: Guitar World