By: Josh Lucas
Three words come to mind to describe our flagship Freja 112: depth, dependability, and tone.
It’s got the tonewoods you’ve grown to love and depend upon–rosewood back and sides and a solid spruce top. It’s got the reliability of a laminate back and sides, but it’s also got tone that you’d only expect from a guitar that costs three times as much.
Before we go any further, let me assure you: I am a guitar snob. If you asked me a few years ago what I want from a guitar, I would tell you that I want all solid wood, American made guitar–possibly a custom–that I would have to baby–no electronics, just a great acoustic guitar.
Well, I have that guitar. And while it’s made it onto all my recordings, can you guess how many times I’ve used it live?
If you guessed never, you’re correct.
First off, do you know what a pain in the ass it is to mic up an acoustic guitar for a live performance? You want that fantastic, studio quality tone–you want the audience to hear the guitar the way you hear the guitar.
Unless you have a solid soundperson night after night, or unless you yourself are a soundboard wizard, it’s just not going to happen.
That being said, you absolutely want the guitar I just described. If you have never experienced that tone, and that feeling of resonance between a guitar and your body, you’ll never understand what a great guitar the Freja 112 is.
When we call it our “workhorse” that doesn’t just mean that the guitar gets the job done. The guitar takes your performance to exactly where it needs to be for your gigs. It’s fully fitted with an Artec Edge Z pickup, with a built-in tuner and EQ. But the real magic is that the acoustic sound of the guitar is remarkable as well.
While playing the Freja 112 I found no fault in the acoustic tone–no brittle highs that I usually associate with a laminate body, and a full yet clear bottom end. Let’s say you’re recording: this guitar could 110% be an alternative tone to your expensive, all-solid-wood guitar. What I mean is that, if you’re looking to blend tones, double track your guitars, or just experiment, this guitar will not let you down.
All-in-all the value of this guitar is immense. But hey, if you don’t believe my review, check out some of the reviews on the link below.