Review of the Ashbury AR-38 Resonator Guitar
How I grabbed the AR-38 for less than £300!
One of my flat mates is a semi-professional surfer who lives for 2 things: catching waves and playing guitar. He´s always trying to get me to watch surfing movies with him but I really don’t have much interest. A few months ago I came home one evening with a DVD on my bed with a note saying “check out the soundtrack”. He knows I´m a big Blues fan so I figured I´d give it a shot.
I always heard that Ashbury was famous for having a warm/crisp tone, as well as quality craftsmanship and components. When I started playing the demo model in the shop, I immediately realized that this was true. Most of the guitar is made of Mahogany, except for the fingerboard which is made of Rosewood, equipped with a set of nickel frets. The biscuit cone was designed so that the bridge was a part of it, making it seem more streamline. The spider bridge makes this guitar perfect for playing Blues or Bluegrass styles, exactly what I was looking for. The guitar shape seemed pretty standard with non-cutaway design. There are no electronics though so if you need to play amplified, have a pickup installed by a pro.
The price tag was just over my limit by £20 but considering the demo model was flawless I pushed my luck and asked the store manager if he would give me a discount if I took it. He agreed and I ended up walking out with my first resonator for just £295.
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