Reviewed: Takamine EF341SC Acoustic Guitar
Black and white is a colour scheme so often associated with very regal and dignified things, the likes of tuxedos, grand pianos and the New Zealand rugby team (respect). Upon opening the case for the Takamine EF341SC, I knew that I was dealing with a guitar to match the prestige of the aforementioned. Admittedly, I never really thought much of a gloss black finish when it comes to acoustic guitars, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how classy it looked matched with the subtle, yet refined white binding. Colour me surprised.
Reviewed: Faith Guitars Nexus Neptune Electro
Guitars of all shapes and sizes attract a pretty diverse swarm of admirers. From the wide-eyed newly initiated seeking an upgrade from the shoebox they wandered out of Aldi with, through to the drooling, simian troglodyte ham-fistedly bashing away at the three riffs he’s stubbornly clung to since somebody let him loose on their baby at a backyard barbeque, all the way up to the sock, sandal and backpack donned septuagenarian getting all dewy and nostalgic about the Strat he sold when the kids showed up in the ‘70s on his weekly stroll down memory lane. From the casual observer to the well-versed chin-scratcher, no corner of the guitar globe is more suited to the discerning than the subtle variations of tonewood in the acoustic room.
Reviewed: Faith Guitars Nomad Mini-Saturn Electro Acoustic
Faith Guitars was established by renowned UK luthier Patrick James Eggle in the early 2000s. Combining Eggle’s design and building skills with modern production prowess and a range of models and woods, the Faith brand has been gaining widespread recognition around the globe. Recently displayed in detail at the Melbourne Guitar Show, let’s take a look at what Faith Guitars is all about with the Nomad Mini-Saturn Electro.
Reviewed: Faith Guitars Natural Venus Cut/Electro Acoustic Guitar
A lot can be said about a guitar with a single strum. With the Faith Venus Electro still ringing in my ears, it’s easy to see why they’ve won the UK’s Best Acoustic Guitar awards from 2012 to 2016. There’s beauty in simplicity—the Venus Electro particularly excels in this—and sincerity in consistency. The quality of construction sings excellence at the highest level, and when combined with the range of gorgeous tones available from the Venus Electro, you know you’ve got a winner. All this and much more awaits when the chrome locks on the brown leather case are snapped open, revealing the absolutely stunning guitar within.
Reviewed: Faith Guitars Blood Moon Venus Cutaway Acoustic
Faith Guitars has been a staple in the acoustic guitar industry for years, and the Faith Blood Moon Venus Cutaway Acoustic does nothing to tarnish this reputation. The guitar was awarded UK’s Best Acoustic Guitar in 2016 by the Music Industries Association, and I can see why. The Blood Moon Venus is lightweight and comfortable, while still being very well-built and hugely resonant. A Fishman Ink pickup completes the guitar, with an onboard tuner and EQ. Right out of the luxurious, furlined hard case, this guitar is a winner.
Reviewed: Cort L100P Parlour Acoustic Guitar
If you did a survey of people’s idea of a typical steel string acoustic guitar, I’d think the common response would be something along the lines of a concert, orchestra or jumbo-style guitar – that is, a bigger bodied instrument that we’ve grown to see on TV in the hands of famous musos and what most music stores stock. Guitar history, however, is littered with small bodied examples from early Spanish explorers to Central America, Europe and indeed the United States of America. The Parlour guitar, as it is often referred to, became popular for its smaller size, projection and considerable volume. Whilst typically a mainstay of many brands’ lineups, the Parlour has enjoyed a resurgence over the last few years for anything from country and bluegrass through to singer-songwriters, rock and a range of other purposes and genres. Coming from its Luce series, the Cort L100P follows the traditional Parlour look at quite an affordable price.
Reviewed: Katoh Madrid Nylon String Classical Guitar
Nylon string guitars are an interesting beast. From the entry level models you often see in schools through to exquisite handmade instruments, they can have a huge variance in specs and quality. Specifically made for the Australian market, Katoh has been producing classical guitars for over 30 years and seems to have created a strong following for their reliable instruments that don’t cost the earth. From their Professional series, let’s have a look at the Madrid.
Reviewed: Fender California Series Acoustics
As the company from which the electric guitar took its first bold steps into the waiting world, Fender has a long and illustrious history flowing out behind it. To their credit, they have scarcely skipped a beat since shifting the paradigm and with many and varied pretenders to the throne falling foul of fashion and finance, the fact that they have simultaneously kept one eye on newness and the other on legacy seems to be the wind in their sails. This is one thing in particular that they have continually excelled at over the course of the last few years: tributes to historical builds with a few choice updates to add a pinch of freshness to proceedings. The California Series is a prime example of this as these three designs come plucked from the archives, without besmirching the pride of collectors the world around.