Robson Renegade and Paradise 73 review

Robson’s guitars feature detailed art and craft. But are they different enough to stand out from the crowd? Let’s take a look…

Robson Guitars
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Guitar World Verdict

The Renegade feels exceptional. We’ve played single-cuts twice this price that simply don’t offer the depth, resonance and the dynamics that we hear here. The Paradise 73 isn’t far behind, if at all – a connoisseur’s thinline that almost reaches back into jazz-age archtop heritage that can move effortlessly from smooth to searing.


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    The Renegade has a smart build.

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    We like the chambered lightweight design.

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    Superb hardware and engraving.

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    A good-playing and sounding single-cut.

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    Like the Renegade, the Paradise build is good.

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    It has the playability and sounds to match.

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    A very versatile piece, too.


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    Minor details still need to be addressed.

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    Base designs are derivative.

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We can’t quite remember there being such a vibrant time for the homegrown guitar-making industry. While the actual output in terms of numbers is minuscule compared with the big guns, the increasing choice is providing a serious option to those well-established custom shops, especially with many of them being severely back-ordered.

Of course, many of the UK’s more established makers are in the same boat; it seems that demand even at the high-end of guitar craft is insatiable. And here’s another option: Robson Guitars.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.