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Review of CA Guitars (Composite Acoustics) 7iM-CE, I Series

You may have heard about the new I Series from CA Guitars (Composite Acoustics), yet wonder about how the instruments sound. "Wow!" was my first thought upon playing a 7iM-CEfor the first time. CA Guitars' statement that the I Series models have "a deeper low end response than most acoustic guitars" is definitely an understatement. The low E and A strings have the deep, mellow, resonance of an upright bass, but, that bass does not overpower the mids and highs.

It almost sounds as though two separate instruments are being played. I like to play a slow version of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", plucking out the melody on the high E and B strings, while plucking out the chord root notes on the bass strings. It sounds as though I've got a bass player playing along. I played the same tune strumming a full chord, too, instead of just the root note, and the 7iM-CE produced a full, resonant sound.

Next, I used a glass slide. Carbon fiber guitars are great for slide playing: You do not get the same resonance and sustain as you would from a goya guitar, yet you do get much better resonance and sustain than you would from a wooden acoustic guitar. And, you won't get that metallic sound with carbon fiber. The 7iM-CE compares well with a slide compared to other carbon fiber guitars, although with a deeper, slightly more resonant tone, along with bit of a metallic sound (although nothing like the tone that comes from a resophonic guitar).

Martin D18 Guitars Reviewed

Martin D18 guitars can run well over $2000, though you can find a few deals online that take the price, with case, down to a low $1799. Keep in mind, though, that if you need it right away, your express order could add as much as $100 to the cost of the instrument.

What makes Martin d18 guitars such high priced musical instruments? Let's take a look.

Constructed of mahogany blocks, and dovetailed neck joints, Martin d18 string guitars have a D-14 Fred body size. With a top made of solid Sitka spruce, and 5/16 inch top braces that have no scallop, the Martin guitar has sides and back made of genuine and solid mahogany.

The Martin D18, end piece is black boltaron, as is its binding. The style of the top inlay is black and white alternating, of boltaron. There is no back or side inlay with D18 guitars. The nut material is white corian.

D18 guitars have a scale length of 24.4 inches, and the fingerboard position inlays are style 28. The back and side finish is polished gloss with a stain of maple and a dark filler. The belly style bridge is solid rosewood from East India.

Review of Larrivee Guitars Model LV09E

Jean Larrivee Guitars are among the most beautiful guitars in the world. Larrivee Model LV09E is not an exception, built with smooth, flowing curves that go well with the Venetian cutaway. The guitar also comes with Canadian maple multi-strip body binding, and on the headstock, a silver border along with the Larrivee logo.

The Larrivee L-Body was designed by Jean Larrivee himself, and essentially combines the best of the dreadnought body and the grand auditorium body, producing a guitar that is versatile and that will work well for strumming or fingerstyle guitar playing. I also dug in with some bluegrass licks on the LV09E model, and was impressed by how much of a "dreanought" sound the L-Body produces. Of course, for really digging in on flatpicking you would want to go for a dreadnought (such as Larrivee's Traditional Series), but if you want a handmade guitar with a bit less punch than what a dreadnought produces, you will be pleased with the Larrivee L-Body. The LVO9E model also sounds great when used with a slide, creating a loud and punchy sound that emphasizes the up and down slide sounds.

Ovation Guitars

Making guitars might not be rocket science, but Charlie Kaman applied aerospace and aeronautical science to the manufacturing of the Ovation guitar. Kaman, an aerospace engineer, was a long-time guitarist and wanted to diversify his aerospace company. When he took his Martin guitar to be repaired for a warped neck, he was offered a tour of the factory. He was surprised to find the luthiers there using hand tools, animal glues, and low-tech approaches to guitar making.

Interestingly he offered to buy the Martin guitar company, but was refused -- twice. So he decided to expand his company into guitar production. Like most engineers he approached the problem of making a guitar with engineering precision. He formed a team of people who analyzed problems, formed solutions, and tested them. The Ovation Balladeer was the result of their efforts.

Body

One of the first things people notice about the Ovation guitars is the round back. This was one of those engineering discoveries that Kaman's group made. According to their research, the regular guitar's flat back actually hindered the sound projection. So they chose a round back. In addition they made the back out of a synthetic material -- a composite plastic that Kaman was familiar with due to his experience manufacturing helicopter roto blades. This was another interesting innovation in guitar manufacturing.

Important Theories on Electric Bass Guitars

The electric bass guitar is a bass stringed instrument. This instrument is played with the fingers either by plucking, slapping, popping or tapping and sometimes even using a pick. It is quite similar in form and structure with an electric guitar. But comparatively it has a larger body along with a longer neck. Most of these are four stringed.

The electric bass guitars came by an invention and an immediate replacement with the double bass for those in the genre of popular music. It provides a low pitch sound in any genre of music.

Most of them are commonly solid- body electrics, though there exists a few semi hollow body guitars. The latter provides a more rounder and an acoustic sound.

The neck of the electric bass guitar is one of the most crucial part of the instrument. The preferable size of the neck depends on the size of your hand. It is available with various types of neck shapes. The neck can be rounded, oval, flat back, v or even asymmetrical. However, if it is a five or six stringed electric bass guitar then you can expect the neck to be wider.

This can have a varied number of frets. Some electric bass guitars have twenty one while some others may even have twenty four frets.

How Electric Guitars Work

Electric guitars are considered one of the more significant inventions of the 20th century. This holds true from the popular music culture point of view. The electric guitar has its roots in the handmade acoustic guitars, obviously. In order to cater to larger audiences, the sound produced by the instrument needed to be loud and clear. The original guitar did not cater to the required and desired high quality sound production. This gave way to the electric guitar.

Rock and roll bands realized the urgent need to define the tone and character of the music produced by a guitar. This requirement was adequately fulfilled by the electric guitar. An electric guitar, as the name suggests, makes use of electricity to transmit the sounds produced. It has six strings, which are tuned with the help of a tuning peg. It has several frets and a long neck. The guitar body is usually made of solid wood and sounds are produced by the magnetic pickups. These pickups are controlled by several knobs at the end of the neck. To produce sounds, an electric guitar senses the vibrations of the strings electronically. They are then sent as an electronic signal to a connected amplifier and speaker. There is a magnetic pickup mounted under the strings on the body of the guitar body.

For more about the handmade guitars, watch this video.

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