While there are many hollow body archtop guitars with unique and beautiful designs out there, you need to remember that all of them are built after more or less traditional designs. This allows them to remain appealing to large swaths of the audience without risking much. Yet there are also manufacturers out there looking to make it easier on the average joe moving from a solid body to a hollow body guitar. This results in more solid body centric designs. Let’s take a look at one such guitar and see whether the design works in favor of the instrument.
The design of guitar was created for those who are just moving from the solid body to a hollow body. The telecaster design is famous across the world. It is a familiar concept to most musicians and guitar players, especially those who have been playing solid body guitars until this point. The telecaster design works well with the hollow body choices. The single f hole on the guitar is worked well into the design of the instrument. The white pickguard is large and handsome. Overall, a beautiful guitar.
The body of the guitar is made out of mahogany, including the top, back and the sides of the instrument. This gives the instrument a whole lot of important and lovable qualities. First and foremost, the sturdiness of the mahogany means that the body of the guitar will not be scratched or dented easily, ever. The resonance with the low tones is my favorite part though. It allows the guitar to sound warm and thick, emphasizing the bass tones of the guitar in a powerful, beautiful manner.
The neck of the guitar is made out of maple. This is a traditional choice among most guitars. The prevalence of the choice among manufacturers is the result of the hardwood having the wonderful quality of being highly durable and resistant to warping. This allows the guitar to have a long and problem free existence. The neck of the guitar is set through the body of the guitar, which further enhances durability and prolongs the lifespan of this already long lived guitar. The fretboard of the guitar is made out of rosewood.
The guitar comes with a vintage style, Stratocaster design six-saddle string through bridge with a hardtail. This gives the guitar great string stability and some great action while also keeping the look of the guitar consistent.
The nut of the guitar is made out of synthetic bone, a midrange quality material. This results in the guitar having great harmony and not having much in the way of buzz or hum problems.
The tuning machine of the guitar is consistent with the rest of the guitar’s design. The string stability provided by it cannot be hated at all.
The guitar comes with a two pickups set up, one at the neck and one at the bridge. The dual humbucker combination is powerful and a little biased towards the lower tones. The two modern player MP-90 humbuckers are exceptionally well made, providing the player with powerful output and great detail in sound.
The guitar comes with a set of rather detailed controls. Two individual volume controls and two individual tone controls as well as a three-way switch between pickups.
Fender Modern Player Telecaster Sound
The guitar has a great sound, a little biased towards low and mid-tones. It produces a delectable rock and roll and blues sound, one that is definitely top-notch and a little out of the price range of this affordable guitar. The high tones suffer slightly from under representations, but they get the job done when needed. The guitar is powerful and the sound is captivating.
This guitar is a sort of an entry level instrument for hollow body enthusiasts. It is affordable, and easy design transition from solid bodies and has a great sound. Highly recommended if you don’t want to drop a whole lot of cash on an instrument.