This solid wood, Canadian-built acoustic is impressively priced around $750. However, it''s the interesting body size and neck profile that have the potential to drive your playing to new places.
It’s not that unusual to find great-playing and well-built guitars for less than a thousand bucks these days. Finding personality in an affordable instrument can be another matter entirely. With their unique-feeling, almost classical-inspired necks, Simon & Patrick (a division of Godin) has pulled off the trick of making their Canadian-built guitars accessibly priced and full of character since the ’80s. The new Woodland Pro Folk Sunburst reviewed here keeps with family tradition—packing a lot of individuality, classic style, high quality, and pretty sweet tones at a price around 750 bucks that will get the attention of frugal players.
Collision of Classics
The Woodland Pro Folk Sunburst is a charming and pretty thing to behold. The compact body and slotted headstock echo Martin’s pre-war 00 models. The cool sunburst job and body also evoke Gibson’s legendary L-00. The flattish, slightly wider 14-fret neck also lends something unique to the experience, however—something a little like picking up a really nice old Kay after you’ve spent six months with a contemporary acoustic—a sense that you’re playing a guitar that will help you express something a little different.
The feeling that you’ve stumbled upon some kind of pawnshop treasure is enhanced by touches like the butterbean tuners and the beautiful, glossy, and almost fiery-hued, three-color burst. But construction is super clean with a contemporary precision in the joints, glue work, and kerfing and bracing cuts that makes you feel like you’re getting the best of both worlds.
The tonewood recipe is a classic—back and sides of beautifully grained, cocoa-colored solid mahogany and a spruce top that’s a great match for the burst. The three-piece neck is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard. B-Band electronics are also available.
The Woodland Pro Folk is comfortable, light, and well-balanced in hand, which makes it easier to get used to the unique neck profile, which is feels more like a classical neck zapped by a shrink ray than say, a modern Martin 00 or a Taylor GC. Once accustomed to the shape, the Simon & Patrick’s neck proves super versatile. The string spacing is wide enough for fingerstyle moves and aggressive hammer ons and pull offs and still compact enough for easy chording.
The Woodland Pro Folk sounds unique too. While the mahogany back gives the guitar traditional warmth, the spruce top adds punch, presence and definition to high-mid registers—a great blend for fingerstyle. The mahogany does seem to temper the attack of higher notes, however. Fingerpicked notes up past the seventh note on the first string can sound a little blunted and wooly, though they still sing with sustain that works beautifully with fingerstyle and flatpicked arpeggios in particular.
In standard tuning, the little Woodland Pro is a great strumming guitar, with a sweet, even voice that would settle beautifully into a band mix both live and in a recording environment. The midrange in particular is beautifully resonant and chiming. And the zing produced by a capo at the fourth fret practically begged for some Johnny Marr-style arpeggios and “Bigmouth Strikes Again” rapid-fire strumming.
The Woodland Pro’s bass tones are surprisingly robust for a small-bodied, mahogany-back guitar. And the balanced girth really pays off when you tune the guitar down. Open G and DADGAD highlighted the guitar’s high-mid range strengths and made the guitar feel a little more responsive to fingerpicking dynamics. Tuning down yet another step from DADGAD found the Woodland Pro growling like a jungle cat with an authority that belies its size.
Our Woodland Pro would probably benefit from a pro setup. Action past the fifth fret was just a little high—making complex chords a little tricky further up the neck. And you could probably shave the saddle down a bit without sacrificing much break angle. That said, the guitar, as set up was great for both fingerpicking and slide in open G, making this exceptionally cool candidate for country blues players not ready to spring for a reissue L-00.
Equal parts sweet and husky, the Woodland Pro Folk is a fantastic all-around acoustic with a unique playability and tone that’s a welcome departure from the cookie-cutter feel you tend to find in affordable interpretations of mid-century classics. Features like the slotted headstock and butterbean tuners lend a sense of luxury and pre-war authenticity. And the guitar is a looker by any standard.
At 750 bones, it’s a deal for an all-solid wood, Canadian-built axe. But it’s the range of tones from full-bodied bass to bell-like high-mids that would make this a great guitar if you tacked another few hundred on the price tag. And given that the unique feel and voice of the Simon & Patrick really can beckon you in unexpected directions, the dividends of inspiration hiding in this little guitar could make it a priceless friend.
a vintage-inspired, all-solid wood, and uniquely voiced small-body is the key to your fingerstyle, folk, and blues expressions.
narrower, contemporary-feeling necks are essential to you playing your best.
Street $750 - Simon & Patrick Lutherie - simonandpatrick.com
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Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.
Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.
Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.
Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Pickup Demo
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Designed for utmost comfort and performance, the Vertigo Ultra Bass is Mono’s answer to those who seek the ultimate gigging experience.
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The Generation Collection of acoustic guitars features the exclusive Gibson Player Port designed to offer a unique and immersive sonic experience.
The G-Bird, the newest addition to the Generation Collection--represents the glorious legacy of the Gibson Hummingbird colliding with modern sonic enhancement through the Gibson Player Port to add a new dimension to the G-Bird sound. The Gibson Player Port allows players to hear more of themselves as the audience hears it. With a tone that is crisp and resonant, all of the Gibson Generation Collection acoustics are designed to be comfortable to hold and play for long periods of time. All Generation Collection guitars feature the Gibson Player Port, slim, lightweight bodies, a flatter fingerboard radius, Walnut back and sides, Sitka spruce tops, and a stunning Natural finish. Additionally, the new G-Bird, and the G-200 and G-Writer are equipped with LR Baggs™ Element Bronze pickup systems which amplify deep bass and crystal-clear highs.
The G-Bird represents the glorious legacy of the Gibson Hummingbird with modern sonic enhancement through the Gibson Player Port adding a new dimension to the G-Bird’s sound. The G-Bird features a stunning solid Sitka spruce top and solid walnut back and sides for the ultimate in crisp, resonant tone. This square-shoulder dreadnought delivers all the rich low end and well-balanced mids and highs the original Hummingbird is famous for. The TUSQ nut and saddle, along with chrome Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners, deliver solid tuning stability so you can spend more time playing instead of tuning. The utile neck, with its easy-playing Advanced Response neck profile, is so comfortable you won’t want to put it down. The G-Bird also comes equipped with an LR Baggs Element Bronze pickup system, so it will always sound as good to your audience as it does to you. The G-Bird also comes equipped with an LR Baggs™ Element Bronze pickup system, so it will always sound as good to your audience as it does to you. The G-Bird is available in Natural finish. A gig bag is included.
Modeled after Gibson’s pioneering small-body parlor acoustic guitars from the 1930’s, the G-00 is a top choice for blues and fingerstyle guitar performances. Despite its more compact size, the G-00 achieves a full, balanced sound. The G-00 fills any room with rich tones-which players can hear like never before, with the exclusive Gibson Player Port. Like all models in the Gibson Generation Collection, the G-00 is handcrafted in Bozeman, Montana, by the same highly--skilled craftspeople who make all Gibson acoustic guitars. The G-00 features a beautiful solid Sitka spruce top and solid Walnut back and sides for tone that sounds crisp and resonant. The slightly thinner G-00 parlor-sized body is exceptionally comfortable to hold and play. The TUSQ nut and saddle along with the Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners, deliver solid tuning stability so you can spend more time playing instead of tuning, and the utile neck with its easy-playing neck profile is so comfortable you won’t want to put it down. The G-00 is available in Natural finish. A gig bag is included.
The G-45, a round-shouldered jumbo, adds the Gibson Player Port to its famous “Workhorse” J-45 style body, which is Gibson’s best-selling acoustic guitar of all time. On the G-45, players can now hear more clearly than ever how this beloved guitar responds to every style and technique of playing. Powerful one moment and soft the next, the G-45 delivers all sounds with incredible dynamic range in an elegant, medium body size. The G-45 is part of the Gibson Generation Collection and like all models in this collection, it is handcrafted in Bozeman, MT, by the same highly skilled craftspeople who make all Gibson acoustics. It features a solid Sitka spruce top and solid Walnut back and sides for tone that sounds crisp and resonant. The G-45 features a slightly thinner round shoulder body is exceptionally comfortable to hold and play. The TUSQ nut and saddle, along with the Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners deliver solid tuning stability, so you can spend more time playing instead of tuning, and the utile neck with its easy-playing neck profile is so comfortable you won’t want to put it down. The G-45 is available in Natural finish. A gig bag is included.
Gibson’s impressive range of square-shouldered guitars have become an expressive standard for rock, pop, folk, and country artists. The G-Writer is known for its wide range of sounds, from gutsy and loud, to soft and sweet; they are superb for all styles and shine, whether strumming chords or fingering intricate solos. The G-Writer comes ready for the stage or studio with an LR Baggs Element Bronze pickup system and the ear-opening Gibson Player Port. The G-Writer is part of the Gibson Generation Collection and like all models in this collection, it is handcrafted in Bozeman, MT, by the same highly skilled craftspeople who make all Gibson acoustics. It features a solid Sitka spruce top and solid Walnut back and sides for tone that sounds crisp and resonant. The G-Writer features a slightly thinner cutaway body, is more comfortable to play and provides effortless access to the upper frets. The TUSQ nut and saddle, along with the Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners deliver solid tuning stability, so you can spend more time playing instead of tuning, and the utile neck with its easy-playing neck profile is so comfortable you won’t want to put it down. The G-Writer is available in Natural finish. A gig bag is also included.
Gibson built its first “Super Jumbo” SJ-200 as a custom order for country and western singer and film star Ray Whitley, who desired a big, loud, and deep flat-top over which to croon. The SJ-200 quickly became a staple of cowboy singers and horseback troubadours, and then country music, 60’s folk stars, and onto every acoustic guitar genre that has followed. Ray would be proud to hear the booming sound from the Gibson Player Port on the new G-200, which comes ready for the stage or studio with a LR Baggs Element Bronze pickup system. Like all models in the Gibson Generation Collection, the G-200 is handcrafted in Bozeman, MT, by the same highly--skilled craftspeople who make all Gibson acoustics. The G-200 features a beautiful solid Sitka spruce top and solid Walnut back and sides for tone that sounds crisp and resonant. The slightly thinner G-200 cutaway jumbo body is exceptionally comfortable to hold and provides excellent access to the upper frets. The TUSQ nut and saddle, along with the Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners, deliver solid tuning stability so you can spend more time playing instead of tuning, and the utile neck with its easy-playing neck profile is so comfortable you won’t want to put it down. The G-200 is available in Natural finish. A gig bag is also included.
G-Bird | Generation Collection
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