Reviewed: Fender Acoustasonic Series Telecaster
A guitar collection, particularly as a financially unendowed musician, can be a cumbersome and indulgent burden. Even trimming your electrics can leave you with multiple acoustics, lost in alternate tunings and the minutiae of resonance. Fender’s American Acoustasonic Series is a fix-it-all acoustic and electric cross that might be the most 21st century guitar from the manufacturer yet. The Telecaster is the first to get the Acoustasonic treatment, acting as a litmus test for the unprecedented new model.
Reviewed: Faith Guitars FKVD Venus Electro Cedar Acoustic
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is supposed to be where guitar brands unveil their most exciting new models, though in recent years it feels like a new finish or a sparkly set of machine heads rank as good enough. Faith Acoustic Guitars are determined to exist in a different stream, with their “Naked” series jettisoning flashy looks for superlative quality with every release. The FKVCD Venus Electro Cedar is the latest and greatest, adding the titular solid cedar top for an even lusher tone.
Reviewed: Tokai Terra Nova TT-S4C2-HBGL
The Tokai Terra Nova is a dreadnought size acoustic guitar with a Brad Clark Supernatural pickup, preamp and cutaway. Featuring a beautifully coloured fingerboard and a beautiful glossy natural burst, the guitar resembles a more vintage style acoustic guitar with the advantages and technology of its contemporaries.
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.