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Gordon-Smith Gypsy II

Reviews Revisited: The Gordon-Smith Gypsy II from 1986

Still underrated, still gorgeous, here's one of our earliest looks at the output from Gordon-Smith Guitars.

"The Gypsy II is a refinement on the Gordon-Smith GS range of guitars, with a high-gloss tobacco sunburst finish. The construction and standard of the workmanship are excellent throughout. The headstock is unbound, with the Gordon-Smith logo in gold lettering on a black background.

"I really like the feel of mahogany guitars. There seems to be more of a rich, mellow tone than any maple guitar can give. The coil position gives an excellent sound, with more highs, but retaining the rich tone inherent in humbuckers."

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Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Total Guitar magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.