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TMC 035, Acoustic-electric Folk/Western guitar from Crafter.


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Crafter TMC 035 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Crafter
  • Model: TMC 035
  • Category: Acoustic-electric Folk/Western guitars
  • Added in our database on: 04/09/2012

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Average Score:3.0(3/5 based on 1 review)
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jeff4070004/09/2012

jeff40700's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"accurate"

Crafter TMC 035
21 frets, short scale (650mm) width at nut (45mm as opposed to 44.45 mm announced on doc crafter ... I will return)

- Type: Grand Auditorium Cutaway Vintage Style (roughly the back of a classic)
- Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce (with a bit of polish for my taste
- Body: Rosewood superb
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Electronics: LRBaggs Sensor, RS-T Rx preamp with tuner and phase
- Inlays: Abalone Snowflakes Benchmarks, Crafter's disease, too much pop on the head, it's downright delirious.
- Tuners: Vintage classical guitar head open way or gypsy.
the MECAS are all individual, they are screwed on to the thickness of the head, at finish, their alignment is frankly perfectible ...
- Finish: Natural lacquer (varnish too ...)
settings:
presence, eq mid, trebble, bass, phase;
Note an XLR line level output.
a good performance of the 9v battery.
adjusting the string height (action) while turning the easy wedge under the bridge (2 blocks) ...
unpleasant vibration of micro piezo in its housing, the Micro Piezo is flexible, like a braided flexible wire, it passes beneath the bone of the bridge there are 2 holes for a cable (upper bridge) and one or piezo spring, this is where it vibrated, by the way this is heresy to drill twice the soundboard ... a mini piece of rubber blocks inserted vibration.

UTILIZATION

Frankly, at first I played, I was honestly packed, after it came time to properly adjust the guitar, the action etc., over several days with application ... nicely, and there the faults have occurred. .. they all stem from the same problem the handle is thinner than expected ...

the handle, for me it is the most important thing.
for those who can adjust his guitar is perfect, I took this folk to classical and flamenco guitarists exclusive (like allergic to metal strings ...), result: with my strings Martin Red (0.54 0.12), if n have not hurt your fingers ... This is usually the sign of a comfortable handle, try with your folk guitars, and your buddies "classiqueux", er .., with ropes clean, be too much either ... ;-)
I play without a pick, so I put very low action that does not support default shrinking, and there is ok.
to rate the quality of trussrod, precise and virtually free factory, so there are a lot of room to adjust, even with strong ties.
the width of the handle I have a little problem because it is not 45mm as advertised on the site of Crafter, Crafter, who reserves the right to modify its models without warning, then I'm a little pissed off, I explains:
I really struggled to find a scratch in 45mm at nut less than 450 euros, not found anywhere at the time, I got mail (but in a real store, not a giant VPC). In the end, I kept the guitar since in any case, there is nothing to do, for a round of 5mm wider, we must seriously increase the price ... So I adapt.
Yet even if reducing the width of the handle, they would change the slots of the nut on top to avoid ending up with two Mi extreme edge of the handle, so he happens to me to reach outside of the handle including the acute Mi. I also have a little doubt on the curved shape of the bones of the bridge while the handle is fairly flat, so the string action center is larger than that of the two Mi .. Here, the muddle.
I'm poking around on the web to finish by noting that there are many models of these two guitars, one that is pictured on the site Crafter has not the same color table (less yellow) and the headstock not a dark layer of wood added on top as on mine. it's called a variant nomenclature in industry, is the idea that we can change the components of an industrial product to get the same result: I think it's a big mistake, I wrote in importer, but received no response ... So I'll tell Crafter: "change your products without warning if you like, but not if it changes the basic specifications, the width of 5mm and a handle, it feels terribly" disappointed.

The box is small, so no hassle at the right arm, it's good.




SOUNDS

The acoustic sound is much less powerful than my Elypse Electra,
This guitar is not rich in high harmonics, it is not crystalline, it is a guitar which sounds between the solid cedar and folk boosted the bass and treble. so it sounds very flat medium without embellishment.
Here I commend her for this atypical Crafter, ideal for placing voice over, just as I can accompany me on a piece Sanseverino that kind of a reggae sound.
Once connected, the amp is powerful enough, he does not eat battery (located at the block-XLR jack), the tuner is not perfect, especially in the highs, but I know of no perfect . The guitar is pretty much just an octave (not much more than my Elypse Electra).
The piezo is bad enough on the Mi acute type a bit saturated, as if there were the frissouille anyway because that string is found regularly rely on the extreme edge of the frets (which are well polished edge ...) it does not really surprise me: not much. suddenly we are constantly monitoring the level of the game
The quality of this guitar is its precision, acoustics, it is striking, each note is crafted, the agreements are not very quick draft (apart from the acute Mi), I think this is due to the quality of wood, including Rosewood brings precision.

In short, the accuracy has prevailed over the power and sound is good like that. That said, if Elypse had continued in wide neck guitars spruce rosewood version, I think even with their lower quality preamp would have been better, too bad.

Crafter ultimately end up with a notice "means" because of the economy after candles 5mm less in a race: I do not think it will be winner because apart from that, this guitar was just terrible.


OVERALL OPINION

I tried lots of guitars in every corner stores, Pau Orthez, Hagetmau, Mont de Marsan ... none suited me: at the handle, none was large enough at nut, besides all the sleeves were about the same, apart from a seagull secondhand but the table was cedar and its not for me ...
In short, if you know a new skyscraper in real 45mm at the nut, with solid top spruce (brighter sound than cedar) back and sides rosewood (sonic accuracy) within 400 €, send me a message.

Crafter ultimately ends up with the only opinion on this guitar that is an opinion "means" because of the economy after candles 5mm less in a race: I do not think are winners to us like " consumers "the ball is in their court, ditto for Hohner French importer who does not respond to messages ... Anyway they have spoiled a very good guitar.

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