Lava Music Blue Lava review

A compact acoustic electric with onboard smart tech and smartphone user experience, the Blue Lava is a formidable practice and creative tool

Lava Music Blue Lava
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Guitar World Verdict

The Blue Lava is a cutting-edge smart guitar with built-in intuitive guitar-centric apps, with which you can record and engage your creativity in myriad ways without having to plug into any external gear.


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    Huge array of features – and easy to use.

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    Comfortable feel.

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    Cool color finishes.

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    Tuner is super-accurate.


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    Nothing, but obviously, it's not for vintage enthusiasts.

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Paul Riario
Paul Riario

GW's gear editor has played, and owned, them all – acoustic guitars, electrics, hybrids – in over 25 years at the magazine. 

Follow the proliferation of smart-tech musical instruments and you’ll most likely find Lava Music at the forefront of this molten integration. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.