Adam Black Route 61 CE review

If you’re at a crossroad, this affordable cutaway-electro could help make your deal

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Guitar World Verdict

An affordable union of old-school aesthetics and contemporary feel and performance, the Route 61 is a versatile option for open-mic nights and pounding chords in the company of your band.


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    An affordable contender for live use.

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    Fishman Presys II performs well.

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    ... And it has an onboard tuner.

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    Mississippi Mud Burst is a cool finish.


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    Factory setup is a bit cumbersome.

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    Difficult to find in some territories.

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Pick the right guitar and you’re not just buying an instrument; you’re securing yourself a writing partner, performance weapon and trusty musical companion. This is especially true of an acoustic, where the body size, shape, sound and spec all make up the ingredients of your familiar sidekick. 

Adam Black’s Route 61 is certainly full of said character, particularly in a market brimming with plain-looking spruce/mahogany combos. 

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.