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Beard Guitars: E

Submitted by tired mule on 1/30/2016

Where Purchased: private seller

Year Purchased: 2016
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Maple 2003 E model - amazing tone and sustain, plays sweet or snarls, soft or loud - have played an exceptional old National tricone for years and never thought I would fine a single cone with half as sweet a tone...but this one has it and just as much sustain..plus warmth and more life to the bass notes...away from the bridge beautiful round sound a la tricone or more modern resos..closer to the bridge you can pull more old school tones a la Oz

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

One owner who purchased it from Beard, setup still seems perfect

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Golden finish with a hint of orange/brown, believe this was called orange burst, very warm but not garish, screened covers..absolutely top grade AAA -AAAA curly maple face, back and sides...dark rosewood,ebony,or other peg head veneer

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Schaller tuners very smooth, for 13 years not slightest issue with finish on wood or metal components

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

What an amazing instrument that is truly beautiful, but sounds even better...may predate the Legend cone / spider...but I couldn't care less...it sounds that good. So glad I waited to be able to afford and find a Beard...truly fine example of American Craftsmanship at its best. A top notch instrument that literally has me playing till it hurts...and then some more

 

Overall Rating: 10

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