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Gold Tone PBSD Review

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Submitted by Alan Walker (see all reviews from this person) on 9/1/2009

Where Purchased: Private Sale

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 400 (£) (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


Great for traditional bluegrass and for country folk and country blues (Little Feat, Dead, JJ Cale)
No amps or effects. Has Beard factory set-up.
It's a loud instrument with a big, bright sound. It's has plenty of low-end though; more than some much more expensive laminates.
Some of the top string notes can lack the depth and richness you'd get from say a $3000 Beard. It also lacks the complexity, subtleness and richness of the best instruments.

Sound Rating: 8


Perfect sep -up by Beard on purchase. Guitar had been hardly played in 3 years.
Beard Special 29s strings fitted rather than D'Addarios (personal taste). No other changes needed.

Setup Rating: 10


Lovely looking guitar with a simply beautiful tiger maple back. No flaws.

Appearance Rating: 9


Hardware's fine. No problems.
Finish excellent. No signs of wear to wooden parts.
I would definately depend on it for live performances.
A recent buzzing problem was easily solved by local guitar shop.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Beard have always been very helpful and prompt in response to my emails. First class customer service.

Customer Service: 10


All the important bits (cone, bridge, nut, ) are Beard parts. No upgrades needed.
Tuners are the weak link.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Just the best value for money squareneck available backed up by the first class guys at Beard. The sound is a personal thing but I prefer it to the Wechter Scheerhorns which I guess would be the closest rival.

Overall Rating: 10

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