Yamaha FGX800 Series Guitars
2016 marks 50 years since Yamaha guitars launched what would become one of the highest selling acoustic guitars in the world; the FG series. Sprouting forth from its granddad the FG180, the FG tree has had a prune and a refresh every few years and with the success of the previous edition, the 700 series, the 800s certainly have some sizeable shoes to fill.
Timberidge TRC MM12 12-String Acoustic Guitar
Strewn throughout the history of rock, folk, country and blues are 12-string acoustic guitars. Whilst not always a staple in every guitarist’s collection, they possess a distinct sound and can be an invaluable tool for writing and recording. Adding to their already substantial array of instruments Timberidge have dropped a 12-string dreadnought into their new Messenger range.
Guitarras Esteve Clasicás 9C/B
If my knowledge of the last few centuries is correct, the Spanish are responsible for planting the family tree from which every modern guitar swings. One of the more fortunate consequences of their fierce pillaging of the lower portion of The New World is the introduction and proliferation of six catgut strings wrapped around a box of wood that, thrust into the unwitting hands of the locals, resulted in some of the most elegantly mournful, ferociously passionate and profoundly influential moments in music history. The romantic music of the south-western tip of Europe has survived, if not flourished in parallel to its American cousin to become one of music’s most respected traditions. It is with this time-honored reverence that the master craftsmen behind Esteve Guitars proudly present their 9C/B.
Timberidge TRFC-MM Acoustic Guitar
More from Timberidge’s new Messenger range of guitars, the TRFC-MM is a slightly smaller bodied cutaway acoustic that will appeal to a host of guitarists straying from bigger bodied instruments. There are a host of reasons for wanting something a little smaller in size and shape that still holds up as a solid instrument be it sound, feel or playability and the MM adds that option to the Messenger line.
Guild B140E Acoustic Bass
Hailing from Guild’s Westerly Collection, the B140E promises a classy angle on the sometimes-gaudy acoustic bass format. The concept behind this particular range is to re-invigorate the Guild name and use some of the richer qualities of builds from their Rhode Island era to bring about a guitar that, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, simply feels like a confident nod to the heritage that made them such a reliable, quality guitar maker in the first place. There is a real sense of honest craftsmanship in these guitars, which is clear from the moment you pick one up. For me, playing an acoustic bass is always an odd experience. Sitting somewhere between their hefty orchestral predecessor and cooler, electric cousin they occupy a strange, almost opulent space in the history of stringed instruments. You really have to know what you’re doing with one in order to convince it not to get away from you. Given the chance though there is a sublime harmonic world hidden behind those 4 strings that few other instruments are game enough to venture into. The B140E is no exception.
Guild OM-140CE Acoustic Guitar
In high school, when I first started taking guitar seriously, we’d occasionally have a period (where the teacher was hung-over or hadn’t mapped out a lesson plan) that would be spent ‘learning how to research’ in the library. Invariably that would mean we’d wander off, find the music section and crack open whatever coffee table book they had that had anything to do with guitars. One particular book was nothing but a roll call of axes that any rube might have seen on TV. In the section headed ‘Hollow-Bodies’ was a picture of a wine red Guild Star Fire IV. The olive leaf tail piece, the stern, sweeping curves; all of this struck me as an image of class that couldn’t compete with the Ibanez 7 strings I’d lusted for. Upon opening the case containing a brand new OM140-CE, that image came sailing back to me.
Gibson Hummingbird Pro VS
Another classic from Gibson is the Hummingbird acoustic. First released in the early 1960s this square shouldered dreadnought was a favourite for rock, blues, folk and country with the Hummingbird remaining a staple of the Gibson acoustic line up still to this day. Moving through several variations and signature models through the years, 2016 sees it slightly reinvigorated once more.
Seagull have long been making acoustic instruments from their base in LaPatrie Quebec, Canada. With a heap of models in their line all sporting that identifiable headstock they’ve recently added something a little different to their stocks - a hollow body 4 stringed instrument called the ‘Merlin’. Ready for something new?