The New BN (Bossa Nova) acoustic guitar from Yamaha, is just the ticket for those fingerpickers who fancy a touch of the Copacabana. And it’s true that you will find plenty of authentic Byrd vibes ready and waiting to be coaxed out of this well specified little beauty. A thin layer of varnish to the solid spruce top and cypress back and sides, gives the Bossa Nova a speedy sound response and delivers a clear, defined and dry tone. While the handcrafted headstock and tortoiseshell machine heads, together with an overall matt finish conjure up a touch of real class. Priced with the player in mind, and with the rising popularity of the nylon strung instrument, we reckon the Bossa Nova could be yet

The Peerless brand has been going from strength to strength since its instruments came on to the UK market just over a year ago. The Monarch, which is just one of the models in the jazz range, is a full 17-inch single cutaway and comes in all solid tonewoods with a rosewood fretboard, tailpiece and pick guard plus quality Grover machine heads. Originally available with just the standard Peerless floating pick up, it can now be purchased with a mellow voiced Kent Armstrong unit, hence the KA, which adds a whole new dimension to the dynamics of the instrument.

Luthier Andy Crockett started building his unique semi-acoustic jazz guitars back in 1975, to a design by his long time friend and guitarist Jon Case. The culmination of their partnership is the JC1. Built in the D’Angelico tradition, but with a contemporary twist, it’s asymmetric shape gives it the look of a full size jazz guitar, while coming with the balance and comfort of a more compact model. Used by players such as Jim Mullen, it has the advantage of a greater bass string length, with consequently more tension, offering the player the opportunity to use lighter gauges at the lower end. With a customising facility, these instruments can be built to your very own specifications. But be warned – perfection comes at a price.

The stunning blueburst of this Limited Edition, Korean Custom Built ES 135 neatly reflects the instrument’s characteristics and credentials. The semi-acoustic slimline body with its Venetian cutaway and 3-ply plastic pick guard, has a laminated maple top and solid mahogany back and sides and offers just enough air space to open up the texture and timbre of the sound. And this 135 does have excellent acoustic properties even before you plug it in, with a tonality that is round and full bodied with good overall balance.

The bound rosewood fingerboard is set on a shallow ‘U’ maple neck and comes with 22 jumbo frets – with surprisingly little “pink” from the 18th to the 22nd. The head is standard swept Epiphone and holds the six chrome plated Grover machine heads. While down at the other end, the tailpiece is a simple double arm trapeze, which looks as though it could have been lifted straight out of the Gibson factory.

Adjustable tunematic bridges are standard fare on this type of guitar, and here the “house” Epiphone tunematic doesn’t disappoint. It is certainly built to a higher spec than those found on most guitars in this price bracket with no audible rattling or buzzing. The two Humbucking pick ups are “designed by Epiphone in the USA” and have alnico classic magnets, are double vacuum waxed and have enamel wire and give plenty of bite and punch. The 3-way switch on the top bout provides the usual rhythm combination and lead options. I was, however, a little disappointed with the tone pots, which we felt needed a broader dynamic range to both match the undoubted power of the pick ups and give the bridge pick up more of an edge. Overall though, this is an exceptionally fine and well finished instrument that plays like a dream.

The Peerless brand has been going from strength to strength since its instruments came on to the UK market just over a year ago. The Monarch, which is just one of the models in the jazz range, is a full 17-inch single cutaway and comes in all solid tonewoods with a rosewood fretboard, tailpiece and pick guard plus quality Grover machine heads. Originally available with just the standard Peerless floating pick up, it can now be purchased with a mellow voiced Kent Armstrong unit, hence the KA, which adds a whole new dimension to the dynamics of the instrument.

The Kent Armstrong pickup is a far more sensitive unit than the generic Peerless model and seems to find all the subtle characteristics of the big 17-inch sound chamber. The Monarch always delivered a meaty full sound, with plenty of punch, separation and clarity. However, with the addition of the Kent Armstrong set up there is now a defined edge and depth to the timbre as well as an added warmth and sonic spaciousness. Good quality and competitively priced. Go to www.peerlessguitars.co.uk

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