I am considering purchase of a Beard Deco Phonic 57. Does anyone have any insight or feedback about that model? I currently own a Beard Copper Mountain and enjoy the Beard product and service. Thank you.
What kind of insight/feedback are you looking for? Precisely what do you want to know?
I've played a bunch but, do not own one. I like them..a lot.
I play a Deco Phonic 37 and think the entire line is great, good bang for the buck, I say go for it.
I've now played a couple of examples each of all three models, along with checking out a bunch of videos.
I prefer the smaller body 27 and 37. For lack of a better term they strike me as having a more "focused" sound.
I preferred the second 57 I played by a little bit over the first one.
You certainly can't go wrong with any of them, quality guitars or Jerry Douglas wouldn't have put his prewar Dobro Model 37s back in their cases in favor of the Deco-Phonic 57 he has been playing for some time now with The Earls of Leicester.
On the other hand, and sort of in the same vein for me as the laminate wood Beard Vintage R, when I've played these guitars they haven't inspired me to get the wheels turning in my head to see if I could pull off buying one and not have my wife threaten to kill me when I got home. This is sort of my barometer when it comes to my own per affliction of GAS. The wheels start turning - and then I begin doing a mental inventory of what I might be willing to sell in order to justify the new purchase along with surviving the spousal wrath.
Out of the birch laminate/veneer Beards that have been built over the years the only one I've ever gotten truly excited about is the Mike Auldridge model. I like pretty much all of the solid wood models, some more than others. But they are of course pricier than the Deco-Phonic.
But there's a new kid on the block - I've been checking out the videos and specs of the new Beard Josh Swift Standard models made from birch laminate, particularly the Black Ice version. That guitar has been getting the old wheels turning. I tried to get a hold of the shop a little while ago but they weren't answering so maybe they are already gone for the weekend, I wanted to find out the retail price. I don't recall coming across the price of this new model yet, but were I considering a Deco-Phonic 57 I'd check it out first.
If anyone knows the price or prices of the new Josh Swift Standard models I would appreciate it if you could post in this thread.
Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 11/15/2019 14:00:05
Denny@Beard replied to my post on the Facebook Dobroholics page regarding the price of the Black Ice: $2800
There is one of the new Josh Swift standard models over in Lebanon, MO at Morgan Music. If you are looking for a full big body modern sound, it is a dandy. Had I not recently bought the prewar, I would have probably ended up with it.
Does the 57 have posts? l know there's no baffle..
Thank you for all the insight. I did speak with Denny at Beard, and he provided a great understanding of the Deco line and the new Josh Swift Standard.
So Vinny, to contribute to the hangout, can you enlighten us as to your great understanding after speaking with Denny?
I'm afraid I hafta' second Mark's motion Vinny...inquisitive minds want to know.
Perhaps "great understanding" in the grand scheme is an overstatement. Denny explained that the JS Standard is a full size E body, so it is a little deeper than the Deco 57. Face-on, the dimesions are the same. I told him that I have a Copper Mountain, which I like, but that I wanted another guitar with a deeper, richer tone. He spoke about the two finishes for the JS and the option of a distressed cover plate, which I believe is shown on the black ice. Deco 57 is $2,100 and the JS is $2,800. I had other questions about Fishman pickup ($300), left-handed setup, and turnaround time (probably 90 days). I debated ordering a guitar, and then driving to Maryland to pick it up and then drop off my Copper Mountain for a new cone and some TLC, but I can save on tax if I have the guitar delivered. I'll probably pull the trigger this week, which one is the question. Thanks for all your help.
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