Reviewed: Faith Guitars FKSE Saturn Electro Naked Acoustic Guitar
Guitar manufacturers have never shied away from playing the hits; most companies build their legend off just one or two guitars. Faith Acoustics are no different, returning with a stripped down and spruced up version of the Saturn shape that launched the brand at the beginning of the millennium.
Reviewed: Faith Guitars Saturn Electro Cut Hi-Gloss Acoustic Guitar
The Saturn is one of Faith Guitar’s original acoustic shapes that launched the brand in the early noughties. Like the rest of its brethren, this guitar was designed by master builder Patrick James Eggle, and the superb level of craftsmanship here really speaks for itself. The fundamentals of the brand revolve around their exceptional build quality, rather than fancy bells and whistles. As Eggle himself told me: “If it’s designed right, feels right, and sounds right, you don’t need to do anything else,” and with the Saturn, I couldn’t agree more.
Reviewed: Faith FKV12 Naked Venus 12-String Guitar
The Faith FKV12 Naked Venus is a full-sized, 12 stringed acoustic guitar from Faith Guitars in England. The FKV12 is a mahogany rhythm machine, being lightweight but still incredibly concise and could be comfortably slung over a shoulder on stage or as a dedicated go-to at home or in the studio for those special tracks that need the modulating sparkle that 12-string guitars can provide like nothing else.
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.