Caparison Angelus HGS GM Pro.Black

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  1. Riario

    Riario SS.org Regular

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    Specifications
    Year: 2000
    Neck: mahogany
    Fretboard: ebony
    Neck Joint: set-in
    Scale Length: 24.75
    Number of Frets: 24
    Frets: Jumbo
    Body: mahogany
    Top: maple, arched
    Controls:volume, tone
    Pickup Selector: 3-way
    Neck Pickup: EMG 85
    Bridge Pickup: EMG 81
    Bridge: Gotoh GE103 B-T
    Tailpiece: Gotoh GE101 Z-T
    Machine Heads: Gotoh SG301-01 H.A.P

    Tone
    The tone of this guitar is a bit peculiar – it’s sort of “cold” and “harsh”. This Angelus is the most sinister sounding axe in my arsenal. Basically it’s a take-no-prisoners & in-your-face weapon which is a great asset for any genre of high-gain music. This is also the case when the sound of the instrument totally tallies with its design and finish. It’s equipped with active EMGs, and I think they do their job perfectly. It’s a great instrument for recording riffs.

    Quality of Manufacture

    Awesome. Period.

    Design
    This is the essence of minimalistic simplicity – no fluff, just stuff. I do love inlays a lot, so I must say that it’s a bit too Spartan for my taste. What I do dig is the black matte finish, for it’s always fingerprints-free and does not have to be wiped and cleaned regularly to look great. Of course, this finish wears off gradually (see the lower portion of the area between the pickups in the photo), but I think it’s OK, because guitars are meant to be played and not stared at.

    Functionality and Playing Comfort
    The neck has one of the most comfortable profiles in my opinion. The balance of the instrument while being played standing is just perfect. The access to the higher frets is absolute and totally unhindered. With the body thickness comparable to that of a Gibson LP, this Angelus’ weight is relatively small and causes no discomfort while being played standing. The tone and volume knobs as well as the pickup selector are placed well. Although, in my opinion they could have located the volume knob a little closer to the bridge, because when playing on the high E string I sometimes accidentally turn the knob with my pinkie or ring finger (so the volume edges down).

    Flaws
    Just one – the control cavity cover plate. Of course it’s great that it’s steel and fits snugly, but, for example, when I need to replace the battery, taking the cover off is a real pain in the ass. It sits so tightly (even without the screws) that I have to use a pin to pry it up. This is something that gets on my nerves.

    Bottomline
    This guitar is restive. It is not for everyone. But if you need tons of aggressive, harsh and uncompromising tone, this is just the thing.

    Samples
    You can check out the way this guitar sounds on my debut EP “Rozhdeniye Maga” (The Birth of a Magus):
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    Its sound can also be heard in the play-throughs of my songs below:

     
  2. Riario

    Riario SS.org Regular

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    Yet another play-through video featuring this particular Caparison. Thanks for watching! :wavey:
     

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