We're very pleased to announce that the latest Issue of Guitar Interactive is now live and features Texas blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan on the cover. Also in Issue 20 Stuart Bull meets renowned fusion guitarist Al Di Meola and rising Blues star Oli Brown is interviewed by Tim Slater. We also have our usual high dosage of honest and in-depth guitar and gear reviews plus our brand new studio related section 'Making Tracks.'
THE QUIET ROOM_GUITAR REVIEW
Hohner may be best known for its legendary harmonicas but the company also
has a long history of offering very playable, affordable guitars, too. So how do its
brand new vintage-inspired Essential Roots models stand up in a fi ercely
competitive acoustic market? Lewis Turner fi nds out.
Since 1857 Hohner has been crafting high
quality instruments, from harmonicas,
accordions, melodicas, recorders and
ukuleles to guitars. With its new Essential
Roots series guitars, the German company
is looking to connect to its historical role in
American roots and Blues music, in which
it played a signifi cant part. Remember all
those campfi re scenes in the Westerns, with
a harmonica being played? Th e chances
are it was a Hohner. Th e company says
it teamed up with guitarists and session
musicians to develop this series of vintage
inspired guitars, which initially consisted
of fi ve solid top models reminiscent of the
smaller bodied guitars that characterised
the music of the 1920s and ‘30s.Th ey
are Hohner’s interpretation of legendary
acoustics equipped with modern features.
Hohner have now extended the Essential
Roots line with two all solid OM (Orchestra
Model) guitars. Th e one being reviewed
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today is the ER3-COM. Hohner states: “Th e
appointments are simple, but elegant. Inner
values are more important than frills and
ornaments.” Let’s see if we agree.
Th e ER3-COM is a mid-priced acoustic
guitar and this places it slap bang in the
middle of a very competitive market.
Th ere are some great acoustics out there at
the moment for around this price range,
including electro-acoustics, which this is
not. First impressions are that it looks great.
Th e deep red cedar fi nish, small understated
pearloid dots and lovely fi nish all round add
up to a classy looking instrument.
Starting at the high gloss headstock, it
has a traditional three a side tuning peg
confi guration, using vintage open geared
tuning pegs, that I’m happy to report can
be tightened up if they start to get a little
loose over time. It has a real bone nut which
appears to be cut out perfectly.