Saturday, 20 March 2010

Adam Black Libra UK
The Adam Black Guitar Company is a relatively new name to the guitar world. Distributed in the UK by Rosetti, Adam Black offer a very attractively-priced range of acoustic, electric and jazz guitars. Their guitars have been earning some very postive reviews and are already the choice of several bands on the circuit, including old punks Sham 69.

For the most part Adam Black guitars are made in Indonesia (in the former Epiphone factory), but the model pictured above, the Adam Black Libra UK, is built in Braintree, Essex, in the United Kingdom - hence the Union Flag you can see proudly displayed on its headstock. Selling for £399 (inc VAT) in the UK, this surely has got to be the cheapest "Made in Britain" guitar on the market today.

The singlecut body design is reminiscent of the Danelectro U2, but is made from solid North East Ash and has a bolt-on Rock Maple neck with a Fender-esque 25.5" scale length. Pickups are two high output humbuckers with ceramic magnets and are controlled via a simple one volume, one tone and 3-way pickup selector layout. The pickguard and control panel are plastic with an attractive carbon-fibre weave.

For those on more of a budget, Adam Black also offer an Indonesian-built Libra as well as several other models, but I think it's great that their top of the range electric is made in the UK and hope that the model is a success for them.

G L Wilson

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