Rainsong WS100

Rainsong front

This is the Rainsong WS100, a carbon fiber acoustic guitar. The label says John Decker, Woodinville, WA. The first thing I noticed is how cool this guitar looks. It has this awesome carbon fiber layering or pattern to the top which makes it look all industrial , but then there is this beautiful abalone rosette giving it a more balanced organic feel. There are also neat little shark inlays on the neck.

The Rainsong has good projection and tends towards the upper midrange. The bass response is very firm and clear, a nice sound… I like it.    The neck is shallow and slick giving you fast excellent action. Hey, you can even leave it the car or take to backyard jams not worry about it warping.

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The Rainsong has good projection. The bass is very firm and clear. There are also neat little shark inlays on the neck

 

Circa OM

Circa OM Front Full
The Circa OM acoustic guitar by John Slobod. What a privilege to be able to play this instrument. This handmade OM model acoustic guitar almost eludes description, yea it’s that good. Made from Panamanian Rosewood with an Adirondack spruce top it just oozes old guitar coolness. Circa OM Guitar Close Front Circa OM Back
It’s hard to relate how this guitar felt, you know, like I had played it all my life and never wanted the experience to end. The OM shape is very comfortable and the neck feels so right in your hand. The top notes are clear and ring full. When my thumb came into play on the bass strings, I was stunned at the loudness. Even with this bass happening, the sound was balanced and musical. Shimmering reverb, expressive one note lines, words and pictures kind of fail when talking about a sound like this… a new color in the rainbow, the Circa OM. Circa OM Headstock

The OM shape is very comfortable and the neck feels so right in your hand. The top notes are clear and ring full. When my thumb came into play on the bass strings, I was stunned at the loudness. Even with this bass happening, the sound was balanced and musical. Shimmering reverb, expressive one note lines, words and pictures kind of fail when talking about a sound like this… a new color in the rainbow

Gibson J200 Jr

Gibson J200 Jr
The Gibson J200 Jr acoustic guitar is a knockout. This is a slightly less flamboyant version of the “King of the Cowboys” guitar. The moustache bridge is a little less fancy and the fingerboard is unbound. It has a chunky but comfortable neck profile. Gibson J200 Jr Montana 1990s Flame Maple
The woods on this guitar are beautiful. Very nice grain on the spruce top and the back is a stunner.
Gison J200 Jr acoustic guitat Montana 1990s
The sound really projects from this instrument. It has the clear unadorned sound of Maple. At first I thought it was thin, but then I started to hear this reinforcing fundamental tone reverberating and you know, it became kind of addicting. It is a good picker for sure, but it also lends itself nicely to vocal accompaniment.

At first I thought it was thin, but then I started to hear this reinforcing fundamental tone reverberating and you know, it became kind of addicting.

Hohner HW90-12

Hohner HW90 12 string guitar
The Hohner HW90-12 is a nice playing and sounding 12 string guitar that won’t break the bank. It’s a solid spruce top and a really good feeling satin finished neck. The back is quite pretty . Hohner HW90 12 string guitar
The strings seem a little close together for fingerpicking, but the guitar has a good tone. Hitting a chord and letting it ring rewards you with a very even harmonious sound. The action also low, which makes fretting all those strings a lot easier. The Hohner HW90-12, “Hey Mister tambourine man!”Hohner HW90 12 string guitar

Hitting a chord and letting it ring rewards you with a very even harmonious sound.

Regal Resonator Bass

regal resonator bass guitar

Cool looking Regal acoustic bass. A great idea that doesn’t quite hit the mark. It’s got a 32″ scale with a medium depth neck. You can get a little fret buzz if played to aggressively. It projects nicely right in front of the cone.
regal resonator bass guitar
Probably one guitar and the bass together is a good combination. I think this doesn’t have the volume for a large jam. You have to admit that the Regal Resonator Bass has a great vibe going though. regal resonator bass guitar

Cool looking acoustic bass. A great idea that doesn’t quite hit the mark.