Posts tagged ‘Mannedesign’

10/06/2013

New, free eBook for iPad: Kitarablogi’s Bass Book

Kitarablogi – Bass Book cover

Kitarablogi’s Bass Book is a 55-page free eBook for iPad.

Kitarablogi’s Bass Book presents nine different electric basses in photographs and sound samples. Check out quality instruments by makers such as Kataja Custom Shop (Finland), Lakland, Mannedesign, Rickenbacker, Schecter, Spector and Tokai.

Download you free copy HERE or get it at the iBookstore.

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10/06/2013

Interaktiivinen eKirja iPadille ilmaiseksi! Kitarablogi’s Bass Book

Kitarablogi – Bass Book cover

Kitarablogi’s Bass Book on 55-sivuinen, ilmainen eKirja iPadille.

Bass Bookissa esitellään yhdeksän eri bassoa kuvilla ja soundeilla. Soittimien kirjo ulottuu suomalaisesta Kataja Custom Shopista Laklandiin, Mannedesignista Rickenbackeriin, ja Schecterista Spectorin kautta Tokai-bassoon.

Lataa kirja tästä LINKISTÄ tai suoraan iBookstorelta.

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06/06/2013

Review: Mannedesign PFM + RDV

Mannedesign – logo

Mannedesign is the more affordable, Far Eastern-produced brand of Italian company Manne Guitars.

Apart from Mannedesign’s wide array of electric guitars and basses the brand’s model range also includes several steel-string acoustics, two of which are featured in this review:

The Parlour-sized Mannedesign PFM and Roberto Dalla Vecchia’s signature-Dreadnought, the RDV.

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Mannedesign PFM – full front 2

The Mannedesign PFM (660 €) is an all-solid, small-bodied instrument for the Blues-, Folk- and Roots-guitarist, who is looking for a vintage-toned guitar.

The deep and rich matte finish on the PFM’s cedar top embues the instrument with a good dose of street credibility.

Mannedesign PFM – full back 2

The mahogany neck is one-piece, save for the upper half of the headstock, and a another piece used to get the neck heel up to its full length. The neck joint is a the 12th fret, just like it was on many guitars in the 1930s.

The back and rims of the soundbox have been crafted from beautiful solid mahogany.

Mannedesign PFM – headstock

The headstock sports a rosewood veneer, which has been beautifully inlaid with a maple Mannedesign-logo.

TRhe top nut has been carved from genuine bone.

Mannedesign PFM – tuners

Gotoh supplies this model’s quality open tuning machines, which are a well-designed update on vintage tuners.

Mannedesign PFM – fretboard

The Mannedesign’s rosewood fingerboard holds 19 well-seated, medium-sized frets.

Mannedesign PFM – body angle

The PFM’s body has been adorned with stylish flame maple binding, while the guitar’s beautiful rosette sports abalone inlays.

Mannedesign PFM – bridge

The characteristic dip of the Mannedesign’s headstock is mirrored in the rosewood bridge’s design.

The compensated bridge saddle has been made – just like the top nut – from bovine bone, which is still one of the best materials for this purpose.

Mannedesign PFM – back beauty

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Mannedesign RDV – full front 2

Roberto Della Vecchia is an Italian Fingerstyle-wizard – I can only recommend hopping over to his website to check the man out!

Della Vecchia’s Mannedesign RDV -signature model (950 €) is a gorgeous Dreadnought guitar carefully crafted from traditional materials. AA-quality sitka spruce is used for the guitar’s solid top.

Mannedesign RDV – full back

The RDV’s mahogany neck is one-piece, save for a separate bit used to make up the neck heel.

The solid Indian rosewood used for the back and the rims is stunningly beautiful.

The body of the guitar comes with a gloss finish, while the neck has been finished with a matte lacquer.

Mannedesign RDV – headstock

The headstock facing is black ebony, inlaid with a mother-of-pearl Mannedesign-logo.

Mannrdrsign RDV – tuners

The RDV comes equipped with gold-coloured Gotoh tuners with ebony-styled plastic tuning buttons.

Mannedesign RDV – fretboard

Maple binding frames the ebony fingerboard. The RDV is equipped with 20 medium-sized frets.

Mannedesign RDV – binding + heel cap

The back’s centre line has been inlaid with a very beautiful black-and-white motif.

Mannedesign RDV – binding

In addition to the maple edge binding the top also sports very crisp-looking herringbone purfling.

Mannedesign RDV – rosette

The rosette’s central ring is made up of genuine mother-of-pearl.

Mannedesign RDV – bridge

The RDV’s bridge is the same design we’ve already seen on the PFM, but this time crafted from deep black ebony.

Mannedesign RDV – body back angle

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Mannedesign PFM – full front

As most do Parlour-sized guitars, the Mannedesign PFM has a medium-length scale of 63 cm, which makes bending the 012-gauge strings relatively easy to bend. Instead of a ”vintage-correct” – and often loathed – V-profile neck, Mannedesign have opted for a more sensible and nice-feeling middle-of-the-road D-profile. The guitar’s nut width measures 4,4 cm, while the string spacing (E to e) at the bridge stands at 5,4 cm – good for both plectrum player, as well as fingerstylists. The test sample was set up with a very friendly action (E: 1,9 mm/e: 1,5 mm).

The Mannedesign PFM is a typical Parlour-guitar in the best possible sense. The guitar’s sound is quite dry and has a barking attack, with a strong and slightly nasal overall mid-range focus. Fingerstyle-guitarists will love the relatively light bass register, which keeps things transparent. When using a plack, you will be positively surprised by how well the PFM is able to cut through and project – great for Ragtime and early Blues. The Mannedesign PFM also records really well, because it doesn’t clutter the low-mid and bass registers.

Mannedesign PFM – beauty shot

Mannedesign PFM – back beauty

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Mannedesign RDV – full front

The Mannedesign RDV has the long scale (63 cm) typical of a Dreadnought. Roberto Della Vecchia requested a slightly wider-than-usual string spread at the bridge (5,9 cm) to accommodate the needs of fingerstyle players. The neck profile is a very nice, oval C. The Della Vecchia model’s set-up was superb, with a nice and comfortable action (E: 2,0 mm/e: 1,5).

Rosewood-bodied Dreads often turn out to be great ”shouters”, which also holds true for the RDV’s healthy volume levels. There’s plenty of lush bass on tap, with a warm mid-range and shimmering top-end to boot. The Mannedesign RDV is a prime exponent of the famous Dreanought-sound, offering you volume, character and dynamics in spades.

Mannedesign RDV – beauty shot

Mannedesign RDV – back beauty

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Mannedesign-instruments still have a rather low profile here in Finland. Still, based on this review I can only recommed a closer look at the brand’s acoustic offerings.

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Mannedesign PFM + RDV

PFM – 660 €

RDV – 950 €

Finnish distributor: Nordsound

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Pros (both models):

+ value-for-money

+ workmanship

+ playability

+ sound

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Mannedesign PFM – logo

04/06/2013

Nyt myös Androidille! • Now for Android too! • Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars

Book of Guitars – PDF cover

Kitarablogin kuvakirja on nyt myös saatavilla Android- ja Windows-mobiililaitteille yhteensopivassa PDF-muodossa!

Lataa itsellesi yli 100 sivua kitarakuvia ja esimerkkisoundeja – klikkaa TÄHÄN.

Jos sinulla ei vielä ole Adobe Reader For Mobile -appia saat sen TÄSTÄ.

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Kitarablogi’s photo book is now also available in the Android- and Windows-compatible PDF-format!

Treat yourself to over 100 pages of guitar photography and sound clips – just click HERE.

You can download Adobe’s free Reader For Mobile app HERE.

06/05/2013

Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars – hanki itsellesi eKirja ILMAISEKSI!

Kitarablogi BoG Cover

Kitarablogi.comilta on nyt ilmestynyt ilmainen eKirja iPadille – ”Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars (Volume One)”.

Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars -kirjassa on yli 100 sivua kitarakuvia, Duesenbergistä ja ESP:stä, PRS:n ja Schecterin kautta Yamahaan. Klikkaamalla kirjan audio-ikoneita saa kuuluville esimerkkisoundeja jokaisesta eKirjaan kuvatuista malleista.

Saat ilmaisen kitarakirjan TÄÄLTÄ tai menemällä iBookstoreen!

Schecter Hellraiser Studio Acoustic – beauty shot 2

06/05/2013

Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars – get your FREE copy!

Kitarablogi BoG Cover

Kitarablogi.com have just released their first eBook for iPad, called ”Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars (Volume One)”.

Kitarablogi’s Book of Guitars features over 100 pages of guitar photography, getting up close with many different models starting with Duesenberg and ESP, and continuing all the way to PRS, Schecter and Yamaha. Click on the audio-icons in the eBook to hear sound samples of all the guitars covered in this interactive tome.

Get your free copy HERE or by visiting your iBookstore!

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13/03/2013

Testipenkissä: Mannedesign PFM + RDV

Mannedesign – logo

Mannedesign on italialaisen Manne Guitarsin edullisempi, Kauko-Idässä valmistettu kitaramerkki.

Mannedesignin valikoimaan kuuluu sähkösoittimien ohella myös pieni akustisten kitaroiden mallisto, josta valittiin tällä kertaa kaksi kitaraa testiin: Parlour-kokoinen Mannedesign PFM, sekä Roberto Dalla Vecchian nimikko-Dreadnought RDV.

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Mannedesign PFM – full front 2

Kauttaaltaan kokopuinen Mannedesign PFM (660 €) on suunniteltu Blues-, Folk- ja juurimusiikin ystäville, jotka hakevat soittimestaan juuri sitä autenttista 1930-luvun soundia.

Setrikannen mattaviimeistelty tumma sunburst-väritys antaa kitaralle hienosti lisää katu-uskottavuutta.

Mannedesign PFM – full back 2

PFM-mallin mahonkikaula on veistetty yhdestä pitkästä palasta, johon on lisätty viritinlavan yläosa, sekä toinen pala kaulakorkoa varten. Kaulan ja rungon liitoskohta on perinteen mukaisesti 12. nauhan kohdalla.

Rungon sivut ja pohja on tehty kauniista mahongista.

Mannedesign PFM – headstock

Lavan etupuoli on päällystetty palisanterilla, johon on upotettu vaahterasta veistetty Mannedesign-logo.

Satula aitoa naudanluuta.

Mannedesign PFM – tuners

Ladukkaat vintage-tyyliset virittimet tulevat Gotohilta. Nykyaikaisena parannuksena niissä löytyy virittimien kireyttä säätävät ruuvit.

Mannedesign PFM – fretboard

Mannedesignin palisanteriotelautaan on siististi asennettu 19 keskikokoista nauhaa.

Mannedesign PFM – body angle

PFM-mallin koppa on koristeltu upealla loimuvaahtera-reunalistoituksella. Rosetti taas on taidokkaasti kasattu aidoista helmiäispaloista.

Mannedesign PFM – bridge

Palisanteritallan alareuna on ikäänkuin viritinlavan yläreunan peilikuva – molemmissa on pyöreä lovi.

Kompensoitu tallaluu on – satulan lailla – tehty naudanluusta, mikä on edelleenkin yksi parhaista materiaaleista tähän tarkoitukseen.

Mannedesign PFM – back beauty

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Mannedesign RDV – full front 2

Roberto Della Vecchia on italialainen Fingerstyle-mestari, jonka tuotantoon kannattaa ehdottomasti tutustua!

Della Vecchian Mannedesign RDV -nimikkomalli (950 €) on erittäin tyylikäs, perinteisistä ainesosista tehty Dreadnought-teräskielinen. Kitaran kokopuiseen kanteen käytetään laadukasta AA-luokan sitkakuusta.

Mannedesign RDV – full back

RDV:n mahonkikaula on veistetty yhdestä palasta, lukuunottamatta kaulakorkoa, joka on ekologisista syistä erillinen pala.

Rungon kokopuiset sivut ja pohja on veistetty kuvankauniista intialaisesta palisanterista.

Kitaran koppa on viimeistelty kiiltävällä lakalla, kun taas kaulassa on satiinipintainen viimeistely.

Mannedesign RDV – headstock

Reunalistoitetun lavan koristeeksi käytetään eebenpuuta, sekä helmiäisesta tehtyä upotusta.

Mannrdrsign RDV – tuners

Kullanvärisillä Gotoh-virittimillä on eebenpuuta matkivia muovinuppeja.

Mannedesign RDV – fretboard

Eebenpuisen otelaudan reunalistoitus on vaahteraa. RDV:ssä on 20 keskikokoista nauhaa.

Mannedesign RDV – binding + heel cap

Rungon pohjaan on upotettu hieno mustavalkoinen keskilinjan koriste. Reunalistoitus on veistetty vaahterasta.

Mannedesign RDV – binding

Kannessa käytetään vaahterareunalistan lisäksi vielä kaunista herringbone-koristereunaa.

Mannedesign RDV – rosette

Rosetin keskimmäiseen renkaaseen on käytetty aitoja helmiäispaloja.

Mannedesign RDV – bridge

RDV:n talla on samanmuotoinen kuin PFM-mallissa käytetty vastine, mutta tällä kertaa se on veistetty sysimustasta eebenpuusta.

Mannedesign RDV – body back angle

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Mannedesign PFM – full front

Mannedesign PFM -mallilla on Parlour-kitaroille tyypillinen keskipitkä mensuuri (63 cm), jonka ansiosta kitaran 012-satsin kieliä pystyy venyttämään vielä suhteellisen helposti. Mielipiteitä usein jakaavan, perinteisen V-tyylisen kaulaprofiilin sijaan PFM on varustettu yleispätevällä – ja hyvin mukavalla – D-profiililla. Kaulan leveys on satulan kohdalla 4,4 cm, ja E-kielten välinen etäisyys tallassa 5,4 cm – tämän kitaran kanssa tulee siis hyvin helposti toimeen. Testikitaran tatsia oli säädetty erittäin mukavaksi (E: 1,9 mm/e: 1,5 mm).

Mannedesign PFM on tyypillinen Parlour-kitara sanan parhaassa merkityksessä. Kitaran soinnissa on hyvin kuiva ja yskivä atakki, sekä keskialuevoittoinen, hieman honottava yleissoundi. Sormisoittoa harrastavat Folk-kitaristit tykkävät varmasti PFM-mallin kevyestä bassorekisteristä, koska sen ansiosta soiton erottelevuus säilyy kaikissa tilanteissa. Plektrasoitossa taas tämän Mannedesignin jäntevä sointi lyö itsensä hyvin läpi, ja sen soundi sopii erinomaisesti Ragtime-musiikkiin tai varhaiseen Blues-meininkiin. Äänityskäytössäkin PFM voi olla loistava työkalu, jolla saadaan komppikitarat istutettua ilmaavammin miksaukseen.

Mannedesign PFM – sormisoitto

Mannedesign PFM – plektralla

Mannedesign PFM – beauty shot

Mannedesign PFM – back beauty

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Mannedesign RDV – full front

Mannedesign RDV -kitaralla on luonnollisesti Dreadnoughtin perinteinen pitkä mensuuri (65 cm). Roberto Della Vecchian erikoistoive oli sormityylille mukavampi, väljempi E-kielten välinen etäisyys (5,9 cm) kuin monissa muissa tämän lajin kitaroissa. Näin oikealle kädelle on tuntuvasti enemmän tilaa toteuttaa myös hieman hankalampia sovituksia. Kaulaprofiili on ainakin minun käteeni mukavasti sopiva ovaali C. Myös Della Vecchia -malli saapui testiin loistavassa trimmissä (E: 2,0 mm/e: 1,5).

Palisanterikoppainen Dread’ kuusikannella on yleensä melkoinen voimanpesä, niin kuin esimerkiksi Mannedesignin RDV. Täällä tarjotaan hyvin muhkeata bassorekisteriä, lämmintä keskialuetta sekä hyvin tuoretta diskantin loistoa. RDV on loistava esimerkki laadukkaasta Dreadnought-soundista, ja se tarjoaa sekä paljon volyymiä että tarkkaa ja hyvin eloisaa dynamiikan toistoa.

Mannedesign RDV – sormisoitto

Mannedesign RDV – plektralla

Mannedesign RDV – beauty shot

Mannedesign RDV – back beauty

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Mannedesign-soittimilla on Suomessa vielä melko matala profiili. Tämän testin perusteella voin kuitenkin vain suositella lämpimästi lähempää tutustumista brändin akustisiin kitaroihin.

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Mannedesign PFM + RDV

PFM – 660 €

RDV – 950 €

Maahantuoja: Nordsound

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Plussat (molemmat mallit):

+ hinta-laatu-suhde

+ työnjälki

+ soitettavuus

+ soundi

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Mannedesign PFM – logo

12/03/2013

First view: Mannedesign PFM

05/03/2013

Tulossa – Mannedesign PFM + RDV

Mannedesign 1

Mannedesign 3

Mannedesign 2

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Lisätiedot: Nordsound

05/03/2012

Review: Mannedesign Newport 4T

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The active Mannedesign Newport 4T bass (current price in Finland: 883,14 €) is part of Manne’s mid-price range of Mannedesign instruments, all manufactured in the Far East to the Italian maker’s specs. The bass closely follows its more expensive Italian sibling in general looks, but offers different solutions in the finer details.

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Both the body’s as well as the headstock’s front have been adorned with beautiful flamed maple veneers, which have been finished in a rich honey-coloured hue.

Quality tuners, made by Gotoh, keep the tuning well and stable.

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Italian Manne instruments feature maple necks with multi-laminated beech cores for added rigidity. The Mannedesign Newport 4T sports a one-piece maple nack, with an additional piece for the headstock and the first frets. You can only just spot the scarf-joint on the reviewed bass.

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Here we see a genuine bolt-on neck, instead of the traditional screwed-on variety used widely.

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The bass’ flat fingerboard radius, as well as its jumbo frets, give the Newport 4T a comfortable and contemporary feel. The fretting is of a very satisfactory standard.

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This Mannedesign’s body comes with a thick, two-piece mahogany back and a thin maple top, accentuated by a thin, dark veneer (walnut, possibly?). The topmost layer is a thin, book-matched flame maple veneer. Custom Shop looks at a very moderate price – nice!

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Super-J/MM-pickup combinations are en vogue these days, and the Newport 4T sports a ceramic singlecoil in the neck position with an alnico-based, large MM-type humbucker next to the bridge.

Our review sample’s control cavity was nice and clean, with the lid housing the quick-release compartment for the 9 V battery.

We find four controls on the Newport 4T – master volume, pickup balance, bass boost/cut, and treble boost/cut.

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The bridge is Gotoh’s sturdy update of the time-honoured Fender-bridge.

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The Newport comes in its own, high-quality gig bag.

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Our review sample was comfortably lightweight. Thanks to the instrument’s long top horn, strapped-on balance is superb, which makes it easy to find your preferred playing position.

Even though there aren’t any conspicuous beer-belly or forearm chamfers on the Newport, the bass still feels much less angular than a Rickenbacker 4003, for example. The secret here are very gentle and flowing long curvatures that Menne’s designers have put into some parts of the body. If you look closely you’ll realise that the body’s thickness is smaller right where your right arm is resting than, for example, directly behind the bridge. These flowing lines keep the crisp angular look of the Newport intact, while adding significantly to the bass’ comfortable feel.

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The Newport 4T sounds nicely balanced played through an amplifier. Both note attacks and playing dynamics are reproduced well, and the signal is clean and clear.

The quality Mannedesign’s active electronics was a very positive surprise, indeed. The EQs have a juicy, musical quality about them, and the whole circuit is refreshingly low-noise.

The singlecoil neck pickup naturally picks up some extraneous buzz when mixed in, but the noise stays at unproblematic levels. The bridge humbucker is somewhat punchier, but never swamps the agile neck pickup.

Here are three soundbites (neck pickup – both – bridge pickup):

Mannedesign Newport 4T – plectrum

Mannedesign Newport 4T – slap

Mannedesign Newport 4T – fingerstyle

The Mannedesign Newport 4T is a beautiful mid-priced bass, with a strong voice and a very personal look. This quality instrument can deal with virtually all musical styles.

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Mannedesign Newport 4T

Current price in Finland: 883,14 €

Finnish distributor: Nordsound

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Pros:

+ beautiful design

+ workmanship

+ playability

+ sound

+ low-hiss active electronics

Cons:

– some metal dust clinging to the review sample’s pickup poles

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