By: Josh Lucas
For the past month or so, I’ve been lucky enough to have been playing a Freja 2010 that’s never made it out of our shop in Morgantown. I’ll not throw anyone under the bus, but this one was forgotten about and left somewhere it shouldn’t have been. Long story short, it ended up getting a crack in the soundboard–which is purely cosmetic now, but definitely not something we’d ship!
Of course, that little crack didn’t stop me from hiding it in my lesson room, where I’ve been playing the absolute heck out of it during lessons.
This guitar looks great, of course. It’s got the classic tonewood combination of Spruce and Rosewood, and if you’re a fan of bling, you can’t go wrong with Abalone. But–you guessed it–more importantly, it sounds full, loud, and clear.
As it should–it’s a big ol’ guitar. Its dimensions are between a dread and a jumbo, but it’s just a bit shallower than a dread, and it’s got Andrew’s trademark tight waist.
The result is a guitar that just sounds gigantic, yet retains its clarity. If you’re familiar with any of our Freja models, you already know they can fill any acoustic guitar player’s needs.
A Freja takes equally well to a pick as it does the fingers, and the tone is so full, lush, and familiar enough to be your only guitar. It’s no wonder Andrew considers the Freja his flagship, and that makes this particular Freja the reigning king of our Production Series instruments. It’s one of the most versatile acoustics I’ve had the pleasure to play.
Despite being a lead player, I don’t personally value a cutaway on an acoustic guitar–so this guitar is perfect. Big acoustic tone–and I’ll just put it this way, if you’re wondering what an Andrew White guitar can do, this guitar will tell you. It has all the projection, clarity, bottom end, and spruce-y sparkle you could ever want.
Grab some headphones, or good speakers, and have a listen to the videos below. One is a D1010 (a D2010 without the Abalone) and the other is a D2010 with a pickguard!
We don’t put pickguards on our guitars, so don’t even ask! They look silly, and if you want a pickguard, it’s a heck of a lot easier to put on than it is to take off if you don’t!