When traveling, space can be tight. Still, we all want to get our practicing in when we can. Which brings me to my review of two travel guitars—and a bass—from G-Sharp.
G-Sharp originated in Norway but recently moved to Pleasanton, Kansas, which makes its guitars more accessible in the U.S.
Before I dive into each individual instrument, note that all the models feature a 20.75-inch scale length, hideaway push/pull volume knob, solid mahogany body, maple fretboard, truss rod, gig bag and a single coil soundhole pickup.
There’s a strap button on the left; the input jack on the right doubles as another strap button, making these friendly to left- and right-handed players. To access the truss rod, you’ll have to unscrew the three pickguard screws and lift the soundhole cover.
G# Guitar: It’s not just a clever brand name—it actulally refers to the tuning of the instrument, which is tuning is G# C# F# B D# G#. It's as if you capo’d the fourth fret of a guitar in standard tuning. All your chord shapes remain the same. In my clip, I finger-picked the G# overtop of an acoustic, then added some gain. Shown below in Black with red pearloid tuners.
Prototype Bass: While this model isn’t yet perfected, I was still happy to take it for a test drive. Similar to the G# model, the bass is tuned to A D G C. The higher tuning gives it a very playable string tension. It comes with light-gauge Rotosound strings, .30-.85. It's shown below in Wine Red finish. For the clip, I tried to capture the dynamic range from a picked rock tone to a palm-muted thump, and finished up with some help from a Boss OC-3 Octave pedal.
Standard Guitar: If all you’re after is a smaller guitar, there’s an OF-1 model tuned to standard E A D G B E tuning. If I may quote Bo Diddley in saying, “You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover.” I hit the single coil pickup hard with plenty of gain and open D tuning in the beginning of Clip 3. With a low noise floor and a full sound, I doubt in a blindfolded listening test anyone could tell this isn’t a full-sized guitar. Shown below in Natural Mahogany finish.
Price: $375 with gig bag
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