REVIEWED: FENDER CALIFORNIA COAST UKULELES
Fender is, of course, synonymous with electric guitar, bass and amplifiers. You might have played one of their acoustic guitars, resonators or even a banjo or mandolin depending on your situation and location too. Well, now you can add ukulele to that list of instruments with the California Coast series offering a range of sizes, models and price points. Taking some cues from the California beaches and surrounding vibes, Fender have incorporated traditional ideas with some new design aspects for players of all ages and abilities. Let’s take a look at just a couple of the new models available.
REVIEWED: GRETSCH ROOTS COLLECTION
The Gretsch Roots Collection of acoustic guitars is inspired by traditional designs filtered through the very identifiable Gretsch sensibility. In some ways they have an ‘old Gibson’ appearance until you look closer and start to see their uniqueness. It’s in the visual flair as well as certain player-friendly improvements. There are three instruments in the line: the Style 1 Single-0 Parlor, the Style 2 Triple-0 Auditorium, and the Style 3 Double-0 Grand Concert. Fender Music Australia sent us the first two to check out.
REVIEWED: TIMBERIDGE TRM1 MINI ACOUSTIC
It sure is tempting to lean on well-worn backpacker analogies in talking about the humble traveller guitar. However, with heavyweights of popular culture like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran lending their signatures to pint sized models for some of the biggest manufacturers in the guitar world, I get the feeling that doing so would be a gross underestimation. They may be half the size of the rest of the family, but it seems that we have well and truly come to a point where these pipsqueaks are to 2017 what the parlor guitar was to key parties in the ‘60s. Timberidge Guitars takes a running jump on this little bandwagon with their tiny but mighty TRM1 Traveller.
Reviewed: Yamaha A Series Acoustic Guitars
One of the less perverted and more fascinating things the internet is responsible for is shining a light on the least explored secret aspects of human behaviour. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of what has become known as the ‘unboxing video.’
Reviewed: Washburn Guitars RSG200SWVSK Acoustic Guitar
Washburn have built their entire reputation upon building first-class acoustic instruments. It's part of their heritage, and the company continues to craft fine guitars for a new generation of players.
REVIEWED: FENDER CLASSIC DESIGN ACOUSTIC SERIES
Fender doesn’t mess around when it comes to acoustic guitars, as anyone who caught Phil Manning at the Melbourne Guitar Show will attest. The acoustic world is very competitive and while Fender doesn’t try to be a Martin or a Taylor, their acoustic range has a lot going for it beyond name recognition and affordability. The four instruments reviewed here represent just a fraction of Fender’s Classic Design series, which is based on a philosophy of solid wood tops, rolled fingerboard edges and ‘easy-to-play’ neck shapes. The care put into the feel of the neck means this is a guitar that will feel great out of the box, while solid tops are known for sounding better and better as they age. So these are guitars that are designed to grow with you.
REVIEWED: GOLD TONE PAUL BEARD PBR-D ROUNDNECK RESONATOR DELUXE
There are some guitars that you come across that just cry out to be played and that is exactly what the PBR-D Paul Beard Roundneck Resonator Deluxe from Gold Tone did straight out of the box. For those of you looking for something special when it comes to resonator guitars, you can mess about with a lot of the cheaper stuff that is found in most shops, or you can start getting serious and that is when you’ll want to look at the PBR-D. It not only sounds great, but the detail and finish is just superb, making it an all-round beautiful instrument. But you’ll have to hear it for yourself to decide.
REVIEWED: WASHBURN WLO10SCE ACOUSTIC GUITAR
I dunno about you but I can’t look at a Washburn acoustic without thinking of Nuno Bettencourt. That’s bonkers, of course, because Washburn has a long history of great acoustic instruments, and they’re highly respected in the bluegrass world. The guitar on review here is part of the Woodline 10 Series, which is designed to be both affordable and elegant. Often when a company designs to a price point they tend to strip down the designs to be quite standard and non-flashy, but Washburn knows that we’re visual creatures and the way we feel about an instrument can affect what we play on it. So the Woodline 10 Series maintains the visual flair the company is known for, without sending your wallet screaming for mercy.