Submitted March 5, 2015 by Bill J in Gilroy, CA
"Like A Little Jewel"
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Well, I knew I was going to like this guitar, but I didn't expect it to be as sweet as it is.
I got it out of the box right on the porch and after a few key turns I was playing it.
It was bright sounding in just the way I hoped it would be. I plugged it in and was even more impressed. I think people want to use terms like, "beginner" or "starter" guitar- but I think it's as good as anything I've ever played like it.
Right away I was taken by the acoustic sustain. The box really rings. The action is right where I need it to access the whole neck. There was the ever-so-slightest slap of strings on fretboard, but it was just how I like it. I'm sure you could set the action higher by adjusting the truss rod.
The on-board tuner works great. Often when I tune with a machine I have a disagreement between what IT says and what my ear tells me. This seems right on target.The sound gear is also good- there's even a sound "notch" and "presence" control. Also, I appreciate having TWO power outlets that are NOT on the strap-button.
Ease of Use
I find this a very playable guitar. Bright acoustic sound and electric sound that's as good as your equipment. I have a Fender Acoustasonic Junior, and have tried both instrument and mic channels with this guitar and the possibilities seem endless.. I also tried it mic'd with a Shure 57 and it's bright and full sounding.
I was immediately impressed by how beautiful it is. The upper bout is a little less than ten inches across, so it's as small as you'd expect a parlor guitar to be. A well-laid clear coat finish really highlight the wood. The head-stock inlay and abalone sound-hole inlay is pretty, and just about all I'd want on a guitar. The tuners look good- really everything looks good on this instrument.
I am reading reviews where people who own much more expensive guitars think this one is better or just as good. I agree. I have spent a long time trying out parlor guitars in high-end stores, and I very seriously like this one- the one that was delivered to my house YESTERDAY- the best.
No problems with the company. It was zZounds.com, who not only got this instrument to me in two days, but extended me CREDIT to buy it. It wasn't expensive at $459.99, and still, I was able to buy it making four payments with no interest. This makes it possible for anyone to own a good quality musical instrument. Frankly, I don't think anyone else is doing that...
The Wow Factor
I am certain this is going to become my composer's guitar. The ease of handling and the way you can take it anywhere is going to make it a constant companion.
I will say, just so this doesn't sound too over-the-top that I wasn't too impressed with the manufacturer's warranty. Nobody walks around with their receipt for the rest of their lives- and, well that's what serial numbers are for. Oh well, I don't expect anything to go wrong with it anyway...
Playing for forty years- professionally and informally.
A lot of "roots," type music. Blues, Folk, Country, Cajun, "ethnic."
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