JHS Unveils Three Typically Idiosyncratic New Models
From Italia Guitars -
With their unique tones, eye-catching looks and their
out-of-this-world, sparkly charms, Italia guitars have already
claimed the likes of Nicky Wire and Chris Rea as devoted fans, and
now the Trev Wilkinson-designed range has introduced two new
guitars and a bass to its quirky stable.
The Italia Fiorano (£549 UK RRP) continues Trev's love affair
with the P90 pickup, featuring a pair of Wilkinson W90 Dog ears.
Combining these with hollow mahogany body construction and a spruce
top gives the Fiorano a great, rich tone that's full of sustain and
sophistication - and is also stunningly versatile. The set neck is
maple, with a rosewood fingerboard of 22 frets, and there's
lashings of chrome hardware to perfectly set off the two available
finishes: Cream or Tobacco Sunburst. If early rock and roll, rock,
pop, indie or jazz is your thing, you'll love the Fiorano!
Neck: Maple, Set
Frets: 22, medium jumbo
Machines: Italia die-cast tuners
Scale Length: 635mm/25"
Pickups: 2 x Wilkinson Dog ear
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Italia trapeze tailpiece
Controls: Volume, Tone, 3-way selector
Italia Modulo Tipo 3
The Modulo Tipo 3 is an impressive melee of ultra sparkle and
pearloid, with its doublecut agathis body (and tolex back with
pearloid guitar-shaped back plate, naturally) sporting a soapbar
P90-style bridge pickup housed in an arty triangular scratchplate.
The Modulo features 22 frets and a super-smooth Wilkinson vibrato
bridge for all the bends and wobbles you can handle. Coming in two
stunning finishes - Sparkle Red and Sparkle Black (both £449 UK
RRP) - you can see where Trev's coming from when he says: "Guitars
don't come much wilder than this! Classic double-cutaway layout
with styling cues from the planet ZOG!"
Modulo Tipo 3 specs:
Body: Agathis Tonewood, Tolex back with pearloid guitar-shaped
Neck: Hardrock Maple, Bolt-On
Scale Length: 648mm/25.5"
Machines: Italia locking tuners
Pickups: Wilkinson WHHS
Bridge: Wilkinson VS50K-2
Controls: Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way selector
Finishing: Mother of Pearloid back with Sparkle top
Italia Imola 4
One for bass players who think outside the box, the Imola 4 is
part 60s, part 21st century. Striking to look at and ergonomic to
play, it features a classic pickup layout of two Wilkinson WBJ
pickups, giving you access to the most essential bass sounds
around, and a little something extra thanks to the Imola's acoustic
chambering to its korina body. Available in Black and Tobacco
Sunburst finishes (both £569 UK RRP), the Imola really stands out
from the crowd, especially in the way its distinctive f-hole takes
a bite out of the scratchplate! If you're hungry for a bass you can
sink your teeth into, the Imola is certainly worth a try.
Imola 4 specs
Neck: Hardrock Maple, bolt-on, 34" scale
Machines: Wilkinson WJ350
Bridge: Wilkinson WBBC
Pickups: Wilkinson WBJ
Controls: 2 Volume, Master Tone
This trio of new models is in shops now. Italia guitars are
distributed exclusively in the UK and Eire by John Hornby Skewes
& Co. Ltd. For more information, visit the JHS website.