Another Vintage AMG1 Acoustic Resonator Review!National-style guitar and whilst not a re-hash of any model in particular, given a quick glance, would make any guitar enthusiast think about those 1930s National guitars that captured the imagination of an era. The AMG1 is crafted in the USA and has a bell brass body with an eastern mahogany neck that is finished off with a rosewood fretboard and chrome die cast tuners.
The price of this Vintage AMG1 means that whilst it’s hardly priced at the entry level it’s still on the budget end of the quality resonator guitars and it will never be able to match the overall build quality and performance of a National or Beltona. However, with that said, the AMG1 is an excellent buy for the price and is a worthy addition to any guitar collection.
When it comes down to nitpicking and comparing the AMG1 to the upper echelon of resonator guitars you will notice that the body uses a thinner metal than a National, which is one of the reasons you will have a difference in the quality of the sound produced between the two. Other notes on the construction of the AMG1 is that it has a slightly chunkier and more V-shape to it in the neck than other Regal models which are pitched in the same price category, which helps some owners get a better overall feel when playing.
Now onto perhaps the most important characteristic of any resonator guitar, how it sounds. The AMG1 is clear and loud and sounds great when played as a slide guitar and at times carries many tonal similarities to that of a National which is pleasing overall and quite surprising at times.
As with many of the resophonic guitars that don’t sit at the very top end of the quality scale, you can make many improvements yourself to not only elevate the sound quality but also customise and find the particular tone that you are looking for. One such adjustment is replacing the stock cone with that of a National and maybe tinkering with the strings to fit your preference. Sticking with the resonator, some do get irked by the fact that the saddle is fitted really high on the biscuit bridge due to the resonator being seated too deeply into the body, which basically means that you get less tone overall due to more wood being between the strings and the resonator.The problems listed above are very minor and should only really concern prospective resonator owners if you are very serious about playing and performing, but overall the Vintage AMG1 is a fantastic purchase and well worth the money that you will be spending on it either to keep it as stock or even to upgrade it just a little.
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