Posts tagged ‘uutuusmalli’

20/03/2018

Review: Halla Custom Hallabird

I first saw the Halla Custom Hallabird at this year’s Tonefest, where luthier-artisan Ville Mattila displayed it alongside its bass brother.

It was actually the bass that served as the original impetus for the Hallabird. Ville had made a slightly Gibson Thunderbird-influenced bass for his own use. The bass got so much positive attention that Ville decided to put more bread on the water, which is why he developed a guitar model along the same design ideas.

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The Halla Custom Hallabird (3,700 €; including case and more, see below) is a handmade neck-through guitar with a flawless clear finish.

The through neck is made from nine long strips of wood – African mahogany (khaya ivorensis) offset with walnut. While the neck construction follows Gibson’s lead, the Hallabird takes its own path when it comes to scale length. This custom guitar comes with an extra long scale length of 67 cm (that’s approximately 26.37 inches for our Imperial readers).

The streamlined body wings have been crafted from khaya, too.

The Hallabird comes equipped with black Gotoh-hardware. This guitar also sports a brass nut to insert a little brightness into the open strings. This is probably the smoothest brass nut I’ve seen in my guitar-playing life.

Access to the two-way truss rod is from the headstock end on this Halla Custom guitar.

Twenty-four gleaming Jescar Evo jumbo frets have been installed into the Hallabird’s ebony fingerboard. The fretwork is nothing short of excellent – this is one of the areas where a handcrafted guitar tends to outshine production models, regardless of their price.

Gotoh’s hardware is known for its consistently high quality, and the Hallabird’s TOM-bridge and stopbar are no exception.

Ville Mattila mostly uses his own pickups in his Halla Custom guitars. The Hallabird comes equipped with a pair of handmade P-90s, niftily placed inside EMG-style plastic covers. The pickups are reverse-wound/reverse-polarity, meaning they act as a humbucker, when used together. The pickups’ golden polepieces look great with the Jescar EVOs and the khaya mahogany.

The Hallabird’s electronics are a little bit different than what you’d expect, judging by the knobs. There’s a three-way toggle for pickup selection, as well as a master volume control (sans treble bleed). What looks like a tone control is in fact what Ville calls a three-way impedance rotary. While the rotary switch minutely changes the treble content of the overall signal, it clearly influences the volume control’s roll-off taper. This allows you to fine-tune the way the guitar’s volume control reacts to your playing style and your amplifier.

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Halla Custom’s Hallabird is one heck of a guitar. It is one of these rare cases, where a new design manages to look classic and fresh at the same time. A guitar that is understated, yet flashy. The quality of workmanship is excellent down to the smallest details.

The Hallabird is very lightweight, making it an ideal choice for long sessions or gigs. Thanks to the guitar being a non-reverse design, the Hallabird balances very nicely despite its longer-than-usual neck.

The neck profile is reassuringly round and chunky, without feeling clunky or unwieldy. Thanks to the outstanding fretwork the Hallabird came with a setup that made a set of 010s feel very slinky, even on the extra long scale neck. I’m quite sure many players won’t even notice the extra scale length, but if you wanted to order something more ordinary, I’m sure that Ville would happily oblige.

Acoustically, the Hallabird displays a piano-like attack with a long and even sustain. Note separation is excellent, even with complex chords, and there’s a great balance between warmth and clarity.

P-90s are a fantastic choice if you need humbucker-type power and girth, coupled to a single-coil’s dynamics. Even though its looks are probably a little ”too Rock”, the Hallabird can glide effortlessly into Country and Jazz mode, and then turn into a Rock machine at the proverbial drop of a hat.

These two clips have been recorded using a 1980s Boss SD-1 and a Bluetone Shadows Jr. boutique combo:

For the demo song I used a 1980s Ibanez SC10 chorus pedal on the rhythm guitars, and a Morley M2 Wah for the lead, through the Shadows Jr.:

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Halla Custom’s Hallabird is a great-sounding and classy-looking guitar, made by somebody who clearly knows what he is doing. Don’t be fooled by the Classic Rock looks – this is a very versatile instrument for the discerning player.

Naturally, handcrafted quality like this never comes cheap. This is a true boutique guitar, made by a trained luthier-artisan highly dedicated to his craft.

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Halla Custom Hallabird
Handmade neck-through electric guitar

3,700 € – includes hard case, high-end guitar cable, quality strap (with Schaller locks), one free setup (after 6-12 months of use), and lifetime tech support

Contact: Halla Custom Instruments

Pros:

+ handcrafted in Finland

+ workmanship

+ playability

+ sound

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08/03/2018

Now on Soundcloud: Halla Custom Hallabird

Halla Custom Hallabird
Handmade neck-through electric guitar

• Made in Finland
• 9-stripe khaya/walnut through-neck
• khaya body wings
• long scale – 67 cm/ 26.37″
• ebony fingerboard
• brass nut
• 24 Jescar Evo frets
• two-way truss rod
• black Gotoh hardware
• two Halla Custom P-90 pickups
• three-way toggle, master volume, three-way impedance switch
Contact: halla.tv/

Amp used – Bluetone Shadows Jr.
Pedals used – 1980s Ibanez SC10 Chorus (rhythm guitars), Morley M2 Wah (lead guitar)
Mic used – Shure SM57

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27/02/2018

Testi tulossa ++ Working on a review ++ Halla Custom HallaBird

Contact: Halla Custom Instruments

21/11/2017

Huomenna: Tokai TST-50 Modern

30/10/2017

Now on SoundCloud: Tokai TST-50 Modern

Demo track recorded using Electro-Harmonix’ Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi and Nano Big Muff Pi pedals going into a Blackstar HT-1R valve combo. Additional effects added in Garageband during mixdown.

Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

18/10/2017

Testi tulossa +++ Working on a review +++ Tokai TST-50 Modern

Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

12/01/2017

Tiedote: Fenderin uusi American Professional -sarja on nyt saatavilla

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Upouusi American Professional -sarja on vanhan American Standard -sarjan perusteellisesti päivitetty seuraaja.

Ratkaisevin kohta uudistuksiin löytyy kitaroiden ja bassojen mikrofoniosastolta:

Fenderin oma mikrofoniguru Tim Shaw on kehittellyt jokaista mallia varten oman V-Mod-mikrofonisetin. V-Mod-mikrofonien erikoisuus löytyy tarkkaan valikoiduista magneeteista – esimerkiksi American Pro Stratocasterissa on eri alnicovahvuuksia mikrofonista toiseen, sekä yksittäisen mikrofonin sisällä basso- ja diskanttikielille.

American Pro Telecasterissa on vintage-tyylinen talla, jossa on kuitenkin kolme esikompensoitua tallapalaa.

Tällä hetkellä mallistosta löytyy American Professional Stratocaster, HSS ja HH Stratocaster Shawbuckereilla, Telecaster, Telecaster Deluxe Shawbuckereilla, Jaguar, Jazzmaster, neli- ja viisikieliset Jazz-bassot (myös nelikielinen nauhaton), sekä neli- ja viisikieliset Presarit. Myös vasenkätisiä versioita on tarjolla.

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09/05/2016

Review: Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid, Liekki 290-T Classic & 57HM-H Master

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – headstock

This spring is bringing exciting news from Flaxwood Guitars – the Finnish maker has given its model line-up a thorough overhaul.

One important change sees Flaxwood rearranging their models into three distinct series:

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – flying

The (newly-expanded) Hybrid Series encompasses Fender-inspired electric guitars, which combine Flaxwood’s famous injection-moulded WFC-necks (Wood Fibre Composite) with wooden bodies.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – flying

Flaxwood’s bona fide classics – such as the Äijä, Laine or Rautia models – have now been grouped into the aptly-named Classic Series.

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – flying

The brand-new Master Series is offering the guitarist ”factory customised” Flaxwood guitars. These models have received special finishes and/or hardware, in addition to pickup choices that differ from similar Classic Series instruments.

For this review we received one guitar from each series – the MTQ Hybrid (current RRP in Finland: 1.750 €), the Liekki 290-T Classic (current RRP in Finland: 2.054 €) and the 57HM-H Master (current RRP in Finland: 2.707 €).

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Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – beauty shot 1

The Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid is the company’s beautiful take on the Telecaster Custom theme, with its wood-composite Flaxwood-neck and a swamp ash body with a bound flame maple top.

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – back beauty

The MTQ’s gorgeous Honeyburst finish shows off some luscious wood grain.

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – Gotoh HAP tuners

The golden machine heads on the MTQ Hybrid are locking Gotoh H.A.P. units with height-adjustable tuning posts.

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – bridge

The bridge is a traditional Tele-ashtray design, but it comes updated with six bridge saddles for perfect intonation and action adjustment.

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – pickups

The MTQ’s pickups are made by Seymour Duncan:

The neck unit is a (PAF-style) Antiquity Humbucker, while the bridge single coil is a chunky STL-1B.

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Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – beauty shot 1

The Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic (liekki means flame in Finnish) is without doubt one of the best-known guitars from this Finnish maker. This slender and gracious f-holed beauty is offered in several cool finishes.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – back beauty

The Liekki 290-T Classic is an all Flaxwood-WFC instrument. This injection-moulded material – which was developed in co-operation with the University of Eastern Finland – is eco-friendly and fully recyclable.

The Flaxwood body is partially hollow, and capped from the back with a resonating back plate.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – neck joint

Flaxwood Guitars’ proprietary 3D neck joint is very smooth.

As you can see from this picture, newer Flaxwood instruments now sport a matte black neck, instead of the original, structured look of the early Flaxwood necks.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – headstock

The company uses it’s own compensated X-Tune Nut on all Classic and Master Series models. The X-Tune Nut will make open chords ring out much more in tune than most traditional guitars.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – vibrato

The Liekki’s 290-T-version comes equipped with Schaller’s ingenious LP Tremolo vibrato bridge.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – pickups

Two Seymour Duncan P-90-type pickups (SP90-1 Vintage Soapbar) have been installed on the Liekki Classic.

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Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – beauty shot 2

Flaxwood’s brand-new 57HM-H Master is a Metal guitarist’s dream machine.

The 57HM-H comes with a suitably moody matte black finish with golden pinstripes, Schaller Security Locks, and a pair of active EMG pickups.

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – back beauty

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – body cavity

The 57HM-H Master’s battery compartment has been installed into the instrument’s back plate.

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – headstock

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – bridge

The Gotoh hardware – locking tuners and a tune-o-matic bridge plus stopbar – has been finished in black chrome.

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – pickups

EMG’s 57/66-set comprises a pair of alnico-loaded humbuckers, and promises to deliver an intriguing combination of vintage warmth with active punch and clarity.

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Even though Flaxwood Guitars’ brand philosophy is based on the ultra-modern use of injection-moulded WFC-composite material, there is still a surprising amount of traditional handicraft that goes into the making of each and every Flaxwood model. There isn’t a machine in existence that will churn out finished instruments from raw materials, you do still need lots of guitar-making skills to build a top notch instrument.

You can see and feel the touch of a craftsman when you pick up a Flaxwood guitar. Our review trio displayed excellent workmanship, and all guitars came with a top grade set-up.

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – body beauty 2

Any old Telecaster lover will feel right at home with the Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid, because the most important design elements – like the vintage bridge or the control positioning – have been carried over from the classic to this new model.

The neck profile is slim and slightly oval, with a mere whiff of a V-neck’s spine along its back. The playing feel is fast, effortless and precise.

The tone of the Flaxwood MTQ doesn’t come as a surprise – this model offers an array of very tasty Tele-style sounds!

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – body beauty 1

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Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – body beauty 2

Flaxwood’s Liekki 290-T Classic is a lightweight and compact instrument that balances perfectly on a strap.

In addition to the three-way pickup switch, most Flaxwood models traditionally feature a single master volume control and two tone controls (one per pickup).

I can’t understand why Schaller’s excellent LP Tremolo isn’t used on more guitars as a standard feature. I can only applaud Flaxwood for featuring the LP Tremolo on several of their models!

The Seymour Duncan P-90s give you a wide range of different tones on the Liekki, from jazzy warmth all the way to gritty Rock.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – body beauty 1

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Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – body beauty 1

The Flaxwood 57HM-H is a fantastic addition to the company’s line-up in my opinion:

The playing feel of the 57HM-H is quite similar to the Liekki model, but the fatter frets and stable, non-trem bridge will be just the ticket for fans of detuned high-gain riffage.

The EMG 57/66-set is a great update on the US-maker’s original active humbucker recipe. There’s more than enough power and punch on tap, but you could never call these active humbuckers cold, clinical or sterile!

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – body beauty 1

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Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – beauty shot 2

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – beauty shot 2

It’s really great to see Flaxwood Guitars expanding their line-up further!

In my view the new three-tiered model range makes a lot of sense, making it easier to find the right Flaxwood for any player.

The Liekki 290-T Classic has become a genuine classic over the years, while the brand-new MTQ Hybrid and 57HM-H models further widen Flaxwood’s appeal to include both traditional and modern guitarists. A test drive is highly recommended!

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – beauty shot 1

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Flaxwood Guitars

MTQ Hybrid – 1.750 € (comes with a gig bag)

Liekki 290-T Classic – 2.045 € (comes with a case)

57HM-H Master – 2.707 € (comes with a case)

Pros:

+ made in Finland

+ workmanship

+ quality parts and pickups

+ playability

+ sound

02/05/2016

Testipenkissä: Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid, Liekki 290-T Classic & 57HM-H Master

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – headstock

Tämä kevät on Flaxwood Guitarsille tärkeää aikaa, koska joensuulainen valmistaja on perusteellisesti uudistanut soitinmallistonsa.

Tästedes Flaxwood-kitaroita tarjotaan kolmessa eri sarjassa:

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – flying

Laajentunut Hybrid-sarja koostuu Fender-tyylisistä soittimista, joissa Flaxwood-komposiitista tehdyt kaulat on liitetty ruuvaamalla puurunkoihin.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – flying

Meillä kaikille tutut Flaxwood-mallit – kuten Äijä, Laine tai Rautia – on nyt koottu uuteen Classic-sarjaan kevyesti päivitetyillä spekseillä.

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – flying

Täysin uudesta Master-sarjasta löytyy ikään kuin ”valmiiksi kustomoituja” Flaxwoodeja, joilla on Classic-sarjasta poikkeavat mikrofonit, viimeistely ja/tai metallitavara.

Saimme testiin jokaisesta sarjasta yhden kitaran – MTQ Hybrid (suositushinta: 1.750 €), Liekki 290-T Classic (suositushinta: 2.054 €) ja 57HM-H Master (suositushinta: 2.707 €).

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Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – beauty shot 1

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid on firman todella kaunis tulkinta Telecaster Custom -teemasta, jolla on puukomposiitista valmistettu Flaxwood-kaula, sekä suosaarnirunko reunalistoitetulla loimuvaahterakannella.

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – back beauty

Puiden syykuviot näyttävät hienoilta MTQ:n Honeyburst-viimeistelyn läpi.

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – Gotoh HAP tuners

MTQ Hybridissä käytetään kullanvärisiä lukkovirittimiä korkeussäädettävillä viritystapeilla (Gotoh H.A.P.).

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – bridge

Tallan perusrakenne on vintage-tyylinen, mutta koska tämä Tele-talla on päivitetty kuudella tallapalalla kitaran hienovirettä pystyy säätämään tarkasti ja ilman kompromisseja.

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – pickups

MTQ-mallin mikrofonit tulevat Seymour Duncanin valikoimasta. Kaulamikrofoniksi on valittu PAF-tyylinen Antiquity Humbucker, kun taas tallamikrofonina toimii Duncanin lihaksikas STL-1B.

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Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – beauty shot 1

Liekki 290-T Classic on varmasti yksi Flaxwoodin tunnetuimmista kitaroista – erittäin sulavalinjainen, f-aukolla varustettu kaunotar, joka on saatava useilla eri viimeistelyvaihtoehdoilla.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – back beauty

Liekki 290-T Classicissa puu on korvattu kokonaan kuitukomposiitilla. Kitaran runko on osittain ontto, ja sillä on Flaxwoodin tyypillinen resonoiva takakansi.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – neck joint

Flaxwood Guitarsin 3D-liimaliitos on erittäin sulava.

Kuten tässä kuvassa näkyy, käytetään uusissa Flaxwoodeissa alkuperäisen, strukturoidun näköisen Flaxwood-materiaalin sijaan kauloissa nykyään mattamustaksi värjättyä vastinetta.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – headstock

Classic- ja Master-sarjojen soittimissa käytetään firman omaa kompensoitua X-Tune-satulaa, joka parantaa tuntuvasti alanauhoissa soitettujen nuottien virettä.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – vibrato

290-T-versiossa käytetään Schallerin mainiota LP Tremolo -nimistä tallan ja vibraton yhdistelmää.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – pickups

Liekki Classicin mikrofonivarustus koostuu kahdesta P-90-tyylisistä Seymour Duncan -mikrofoneista (SP90-1 Vintage Soapbar).

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Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – beauty shot 2

Flaxwood 57HM-H on Master-sarjan upouusi metallimiehen unelmakone, jolla on mattamusta viimeistely (kultaisilla vauhtiviivoilla), Schaller-hihnalukot, sekä aktiiviset EMG-mikrofonit.

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – back beauty

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – body cavity

57HM-H Masterin paristolokero on upotettu kitaran takakanteen.

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – headstock

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – bridge

Sekä lukkovirittimet että mallin tune-o-matic-talla (ja sen kielten pidin) tulevat Gotohilta, ja ne on päällystetty mustalla kromilla.

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – pickups

EMG:n 57/66 -setti koostuu kahdesta alnico-magneeteilla varustetuista humbuckereista, ja lupaa vintage-tyylistä lämpöä yhdistettynä aktiivimikrofonien voimaan ja selkeyteen.

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Vaikka Flaxwood Guitarsin filosofia pohjautuu juuri nykyaikaiseen WFC-komposiitin käyttöön (ja ruiskupuristukseen), käytetään jokaisen Flaxwood-mallin valmistukseen myös hyvin paljon perinteistä soitinrakennusosaamista. Ei ole nimittäin vieläkin keksitty sellaista konetta josta pulpahtaisi esiin valmis laatusoitin, vaan käsityötä tarvitaan edelleen.

Soitinrakentajien kädenjälki näkyy ja tuntuu jokaisessa Flaxwood-soittimessa selvästi. Testikolmikon jokaisessa kitarassa työnjälki on erinomainen, ja soittimet saapuivat testiin loistotrimmissä.

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – body beauty 2

Vanha Tele-fani on heti kuin kotonaan Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid -mallissa, koska kaikki tärkeät elementit ovat tässäkin soittimessa paikoillaan, niin kuin esimerkiksi laatikkomainen talla, sekä perinteinen säädinosasto metallilevyllä.

Solakan kaulan profiili on mukavan ovaali, ja kaulan selkään on jätetty pieni aavistus V-profiilin ”selkärangasta”. Soittotuntuma on tarkka ja nopea.

Flaxwood MTQ ei sinänsä tarjoa varsinaisia yllätyksiä, vaan vakuuttaa täydellisesti Tele-maisilla laatusoundeillaan!

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – body beauty 1

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Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – body beauty 2

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic on mukavan kevyt ja kompakti ilmestys erinomaisella tasapainolla.

Kolmiasentoisen kytkimen lisäksi löytyy Flaxwood-kitaroissa perinteisesti yksi master volume -säädin, sekä kummallekin mikrofonille oma tone-potikka.

Minun mielestäni on ihme, että todella laadukas Schaller LP Tremolo -järjestelmä löytyy niin harvassa kitarassa. Useisssa Flaxwoodeissa LP Tremolo on kuitenkin tehdasvaruste, ja erittäin toimiva sellainen!

Seymour Duncanin P-90-mikrofoneista saa hyvin monipuolisen soundikirjon lämpimistä jazzsoundeista purevaan rokkiin.

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – body beauty 1

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Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – body beauty 1

Flaxwood 57HM-H on mielestäni myös täysosuma:

57HM-H:n soittotuntuma on periaatteessa sama kuin Liekki-mallissa, mutta tämän kitaran tune-o-matic-tallan ansiosta matalat viritykset on selvästi helpompi toteuttaa kuin vibratolla varustetuissa kitaroissa.

EMG 57/66 -setti on amerikkalaisvalmistajan erittäin toimiva päivitys alkuperäiseen aktiivimikkikonseptiin – voimaa ja potkua löytyy vaikka muille jakaa, mutta näitä EMG-malleja ei todellakaan vaivaa lämmön puute tai liiallinen kliinisyys!

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – body beauty 1

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Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – beauty shot 2

Flaxwood Liekki 290-T Classic – beauty shot 2

Todella ilahduttavaa nähdä, että Flaxwood Guitars on edelleen voimissaan!

Mielestäni malliston uusi kolmijako on looginen ja hyvin perusteltu toimenpide, joka selkeyttää Flaxwoodin kitaratarjontaa.

Liekki 290-T Classicista on tullut vuosien mittaan jo aito klassikko, kun taas MTQ Hybrid ja 57HM-H ovat mielestäni loistavia lisäyksiä suomalaisvalmistajan laadukkaaseen soitinmallistoon. Suosittelen lämpimästi Flaxwood-kitaroiden koeajoa!

Flaxwood 57HM-H Master – beauty shot 1

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Flaxwood Guitars

MTQ Hybrid – 1.750 € (topattu pussi kuuluu hintaan)

Liekki 290-T Classic – 2.045 € (kova laukku kuuluu hintaan)

57HM-H Master – 2.707 € (kova laukku kuuluu hintaan)

Plussat:

+ valmistettu Suomessa

+ työnjälki

+ laadukkaat mikrofonit ja osat

+ soitettavuus

+ soundi

29/04/2016

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – the Kitarablogi-video

Flaxwood MTQ Hybrid – body beauty 1

Contact: Flaxwood