Thursday, 18 February 2010

Martin Cole Solid Acoustic

Here's a one-off solid-bodied acoustic guitar from UK luthier Martin Cole and which is currently for sale on eBay. "Solid-body acoustics" are of course really electric guitars designed to reproduce an acoustic sound, usually for live performance. The advantage they have over a real acoustic miked up or equipped with pickups is, of course, that they are not vulnerable to feedback. (I remember once trying to play my Eko Ranger XII at volume in a live band situation. The feedback nearly shook it to pieces.)

Many "solid acoustics" on the market retain the aesthetics of a genuine acoustic guitar so you get features such as fake soundholes, and indeed we see one of those here on this Martin Cole guitar. However, I like the fact that the guitar shape is highly stylized, as if the design itself is acknowledging the guitar's hybrid elecric/acoustic nature.

All in all, a very nice piece. Such a shame that the current seller has to part with it because the onset of arthritis means that the guitar doesn't get played.

G L Wilson

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