Voyage Air Guitar VAD-06 Review

Voyage Air Guitar VAD-06

After only four months living in US without a guitar, I wasn’t able to take it anymore and I looked for a guitar. However, one basic problem, having a guitar will add to my problem whenever I need to move.

So I was thinking to buy just some pretty basic guitar that I probably can just leave someday, or won’t really bother if it get damaged if I travel in airplane. But then, I found Voyage Air Guitar models that sounds too good to be true. It’s a foldable guitar and so it can be carried inside the cabin.

Long story short, I bought the Voyage Air Guitar VAD-06 last February, and this is what I found out so far with this guitar. 😀 Continue reading “Voyage Air Guitar VAD-06 Review”

Martin DCX1E Acoustic Electric Guitar Review

Back in Indonesia, Yamaha seems to dominate the acoustic guitar market since it also has a manufacturing line in Indonesia. But in USA, when it comes to acoustic guitar, one USA brand dominates the market and it’s name is Martin.
Although there are definitely Martin guitars sold in Indonesia, it’s not pretty common. The biggest reason for that, I believe, is the price. Martin guitar price usually starts at $700 and in the country where that still sounds like more than two months salary, it’s easy to guess why it doesn’t sell really well.
My roommate who is a guitar player happens to have the Martin DCX1E acoustic electric guitar, and as fortunate as I am, I can review the guitar without owning one. 😀
Sound
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Martin DCX1E is a dreadnought guitar. What does it mean? It means that it has a wide butt, and a deep bass sound. Just a little bit of guitar history lesson, it is Martin also who first created the dreadnought guitar, so they must know it very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreadnought_(guitar_type)
The sound is pretty good, something that should be expected from Martin guitar. The solid spruce top is certainly one of the factor for the good sound.
It’s an acoustic electric so it has a Fishman classic 4 pre-amp attached. Unfortunately, I don’t have an amplifier to test the guitar sound when it’s plugged, so I can’t say anything about it.
Playability
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I’ve always been a classic guitar player and only started to learn to play steel string acoustic guitar this year, so I can’t say a lot also whether it’s comfortable to play or not. Somehow I feel the action is a bit high, but I suppose that can be fixed by some guitar shops.
It has a cutaway, so yeah you can play the high frets without any problem.
Durability
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The Martin DCX1E looks and feel really solid, and although I’m not sure how old the guitar is, I think it can handle some mishandling and accidents quite a bit.
Looks
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It looks like… just any Martin dreadnought guitar I suppose, and since it can be considered an entry-level guitar, the rosetta is really simple, and nothing fancy.
Price
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The retail price is $699, but my roommate said he got it second hand for around $300.
Conclusion
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Depending on how much money you have, and how much you love guitar, you may or you may not want this guitar.
Yes, it’s Martin, it sounds good, and it’s acoustic electric. If that’s all you need, then this guitar might be for you.
But it’s not really special since it’s an entry-level, it’s not all solid (only the top is solid), and it’s not fancy. So if you really appreciate great guitars and got money, then you might want to check the other Martin model.
In the end, I found this Youtube video that also review the guitar, so you can see how the guitar looks like and sound.
http://www.guitarlessons.com/gear-reviews/martin-dcx1e-acoustic-electric.php

Martin DCX1E

Back in Indonesia, Yamaha seems to dominate the acoustic guitar market since it also has a manufacturing line in Indonesia. But in USA, when it comes to acoustic guitar, one USA brand dominates the market and it’s name is Martin.

Although there are definitely Martin guitars sold in Indonesia, it’s not pretty common. The biggest reason for that, I believe, is the price. Martin guitar price usually starts at $700 and in the country where that still sounds like more than two months salary, it’s easy to guess why it doesn’t sell really well.

My roommate who is a guitar player happens to have the Martin DCX1E acoustic electric guitar, and as fortunate as I am, I can review the guitar without owning one. 😀 Continue reading “Martin DCX1E Acoustic Electric Guitar Review”

Yamaha Grand Concert GC-20A Guitar Review

Yamaha GC-20A - manufacture label
(*this blog post was written in paper on December 2010)

Happy holidays for all of you and I hope you are having good time with your family at this time of the year, just as me and my family are having good vacation in California and Arizona this December.

I’m staying in Verde Valley now, in my father’s good friend’s house. Yesterday as we talked about a lot of things I found out that his wife used to play classical guitar when they were in Singapore.

As a great of acoustic guitar, I asked him if she still plays guitar now. He said she doesn’t but he can show me the guitar. So he took out a guitar case from their cabinet and I saw a beautiful classical guitar that is still in its prime condition, it’s a Yamaha Grand Concert GC-20A.

The manufacture year shows that it was made in 1985, so the guitar is as old as myself. It was made in Taiwan.

I’m not really sure of how to review a guitar, but I’ll give it a try here.

Continue reading “Yamaha Grand Concert GC-20A Guitar Review”