(Originally written by Reset/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
C'est une folk
Made in Korea or somewhere else in Asia with the corresponding price tag.
I bought it in September 2008.
It looks way better than on the picture.
The finish is perfect, quite stunning for this price range.
It has Groover machine heads.
The guitar has a massive spruce top so it will probably sound better in a couple of years. If you can, keep the guitar in its hard case to protect it and keep it away from humidity, etc.
The preamp is a Fishman Clearwave 50 with gain, bass, mid, treble and brilliance controls plus tuner.
I was positively surprised by the accuracy of the tuner.
The neck is very pleasant.
The action has been accurately set in the store where I bought it.
The cutaway allows an easy access to the upper frets.
The guitar isn't too heavy, which is important for me.
I bought it for its tone.
In the beginning I wanted a more expensive and prestigious instrument (a Martin, Guild or Seagull), but I preferred the sound of this Greg Bennett after comparing it to a Martin DX1 and a bottom-of-the-line Taylor in the store.
I asked the shop assistant to play it for me in order to hear the guitar's sound projection. I also tried different playing styles like finger picking, palm mute, with a pick, etc. I liked its tone no matter how I played:
the color, the character, the balance, the warmth. I'm not really much of a guitarist but I felt comfortable and I found the sound well balanced.
They had a less expensive Greg Bennett model (I can't recall which one anymore) and I played for about 30 seconds before throwing it away because it sounded awful.
It won't hurt to repeat it again: go to the store and listen to the instrument.
I'm trying to sell my CC48 Cort (I noticed a bit too late that I don't like the typical Ovation sound) which I replaced with this Greg Bennett.
I bought it yesterday so this review is really fresh news.
If I don't edit this review or sell the guitar, you'll know I still like it.
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tubart's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I came across this guitar in a music store boyfriend. It offers several models of Greg Bennett, instruments manufactured by Samick plants. I noticed this lovely Korean amidst the electro-acoustic, and am somewhat fallen from above when I saw the price (519 €) with hard case included ...
this is what it offers:
_Table massive Sitka Spruce
_éclisse and solid rosewood background (on the model I tried, apparently it's mahogany on the model of the picture): a big +! it's very rare on a guitar of this price range ...
golden _mécaniques Grover ™ (nothing)
_repères of cross button
_préampli Fishman Clearwave 50 EQ with integrated tuner
_binding table contour ababone (real, not Pearloid ...)
_Binding Upper and lower body, flamed maple binding abalone + ...
The finish is honorable for the price, it is a beautiful guitar. Price / bluffing, in addition to once you are provided a Hard box and not a gigbag ...
So it is a dreadnought electro-acoustic. The weight is reasonable, but it weighs relatively heavy compared to some Takamine equivalent for example.
The handle is nice, not too big, it is possible to play a bit of everything without difficulty. Arpeggios pass without problem, the action is good, the guitar is setup and nothing anywhere frieze.
Access to acute is facilitated by the cutaway, but remains relatively small due to a fairly substantial neck heel; difficult to leave easily beyond the 15th fret on the first 3 strings; that said, it is not beyond the defects inherent in any dreadnought cutaway with simple ...
Overall, it's still a very nice guitar playing.
Acoustic: this guitar bite of the potato. the gypsy rhythm going well, the momentum is good. The strings (d'addario) did not seem to me extraordinary, to do with another reference, it should be better. Arpeggios going well, the sound is clear, focused medium. What I regret, as is often the guitars "middle" range, it is the lack of warm bass. But this is not unique to this model ...
The advantage of violin composed exclusively of precious wood and solid wood pieces is to foreshadow a good aging of the instrument (hoping of course that these massive parts do not deform ...) incidentally, spruce, less flattering to the ear at a young age, usually take more body as cedar older, more generous in severe at first. This is not necessarily an exact science, of course, if only it were possible to "age" the sound during a test (it is done with the wine so ...)
Once connected, the preamp is very encouraging and responsive. The 4-band equalizer is effective, but I have tested this on an acoustic guitar amp Behringer Electro far from convincing ... We feel good potential of the guitar but hard to get a clear idea with the playback quality questionable ... Listed tuner, it did not recognize the low E string (!?!), otherwise it is pretty accurate.
Compared with a series Takamine 440 I tried there is little, the sound seemed less aggressive, a little rounder in low-medium (acoustic).
I lay still 8 for quality, because I think that the amp was far from the best test element that I have had.
I am still all excited by the beautiful ... a persuasive aesthetics (I like the abalone binding, rosewood sides and bottom, the shape of the head, Greg Bennett classy signature, but a lot less like the big " S "...), impeccable violin for the price, clean finish, and the sound ...
It would definitely pay double for the equivalent in terms of violin Takamine and others. Next, you have to think anyway, time or much buy a brand rather than a real good instrument Greg Bennett may be difficult to sell on the second hand market. At the same time, it is best to wait a few years to find out what does the RWSA ...
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