REVIEWED: FENDER PM-1 STANDARD DREADNOUGHT ALL-MAHOGANY NE
In 2016 Fender expanded their foray into acoustic guitar production with the launch of the Paramount Series. A line of acoustic guitars developed to harness difference-making design traits, with fresh new features and inspiring aesthetic touches, bringing new life to the tradition of unadulterated acoustic sound. While the Limited, Standard and Deluxe models are equipped with preamps, the PM-1 Standard Dreadnought All-Mahogany NE is one model that does without – guided by a ‘less is more’ approach that makes it the most intriguing guitar out of the bunch.
REVIEWED: THE MATON EBG808C NASHVILLE ACOUSTIC
Famously, there are a few notable inventions in Australian history that put this country on the map. We all know how popular Vegemite is overseas and Hills Hoists make laundry day and Goon of Fortune possible for countless households around the world. Maton Guitars’ rich history has left an indelible impression on some of the most prestigious guitarists around including but not limited to Josh Homme, Eric Johnson and Paul Kelly. You’d be hard pressed to find a player who hasn’t at least picked up one of their builds and it’s nigh on impossible to say you’ve not heard one recorded thanks to their absolute trustworthiness and everyman tonality. It seems fitting then that the upper echelons of their design team should meld minds and come up with such a glorious instrument as the EBG808c Nashville acoustic.
MARTINEZ MTT-15 MOP TRAVELLER GUITAR
Nothing ruins a holiday quicker than one of two things. The first, and most maligned, is dodgy street food, but we won’t go into that here, the other is homesickness. You could be anywhere in the world, surrounded by the most fascinating landscape on the face of the earth and something will remind you of any miniscule detail of where you came from and all of a sudden you’ll pine for home more than Dorothy clicking her heels together. For most intrepid travelers, a simple phone call or picture of a partner or pet is enough to keep them gazing back into the wild, blue yonder but what do you do if the thing you miss the most is your beloved six-string? Martinez Guitars think the answer lies in their extensive range of small-scale traveller guitars, particularly the MTT-15 Traveller.
YAMAHA FSX 315C
Simplicity and directness are two essential elements of a successful learning process. For the uninitiated, basic chord shapes and the ins and outs of musicianship are difficult enough to wrangle without with a combative and unforgiving instrument complicating the experience. With this in mind Yamaha present the FSX315c, a guitar purpose built for even the least calloused hands.
Yamaha FG Series Acoustic Guitars
Once you’ve been at it for a while playing guitar should feel like coming home.
Epiphone Masterbilt Century Zenith
There is a certain special ‘something’ that some guitars have. What makes them special is often hard to put into words; you really need to hold them and hear them to understand what it is all about.
Epiphone Masterbilt Century Deluxe Classic
Occasionally a guitar comes along that challenges your ideals and makes you reconsider what it is you are looking for in an instrument. So many players have just become accustomed to a certain style of guitar that they really know no other.
Martin Dreadnought Junior
The illustrious Martin design team first presented the Dreadnought Junior to market at Summer NAMM 2015 and cleaned up all sorts of plaudits in the process. Some even went so far as to decry it the harbinger of a new category in the acoustic guitar realm. The basic concept is simple enough, take the storm-cloud rumble that traditional Dreadnoughts are famous for and shrink it down (without the assistance of Rick Moranis’ maligned machines) so that people with arms less than 8 feet long can harness that tonality. Being that Martin was the first to patent the gentle giants of the guitar world almost 90 years ago who better to take on the task?