Magazine article Guitar Player

Lodestone: Electric Pro

Magazine article Guitar Player

Lodestone: Electric Pro

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PROBABLY NO GUITAR HAS ENDURED. AND SURVIVED, MORE ATTEMPTS TO improve it than the Fender Stratocaster. One of the latest companies to join in the pursuit of creating the definitive fiber Strat is England's Lodestone--an offshoot of Ashdown Amplifiers, which is headed by a forward thinking designer named Mark Gooday. The company's recent debut of solidbody guitars includes the Electric Pro on review here, which offers a novel "laid back" headstock designed to improve playability and create an ideal string path by angling the tuners outward--a detail that also places them in an ideal position for your fingers. Another significant element in the Pro's recipe is its use of ceramic bridge saddles to enhance clarity, dynamics, harmonics, and sustain. Add a sculpted double cutaway body and a sing/sing/hum pickup configuration, and you've got an ax that goes where no S-style hot-rod has quite gone before.

The Electric Pro's satin-finished "C" shaped neck features lightly polished frets with carefully trimmed ends. This guitar is a smooth player despite not having a super low action, and its intonation is reasonably solid. Set flush to the body, the vibrato feels a little stiff, but it stays in tune quite well. We didn't try setting it to float, although this could be easily done, if that's your preference. Compared to a stock Fender Strat with three single-coils, the Electric Pro is louder and beefier sounding, with a snappier dynamic response and appreciably more sustain. …

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