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Adamas 1597 SMT Natural Graphite
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Features a unique carbon-fiber soundboard”2 - .005" layers of unidirectional graphite on either side of a .035" layer of birch. Orientation of the bi...Click To Read More About This Product
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Features a unique carbon-fiber soundboard.
Features a unique carbon-fiber soundboard”2 - .005" layers of unidirectional graphite on either side of a .035" layer of birch. Orientation of the birch grain to the graphite fibers enhances high-frequency response without loss of bass or mids. Other features include Optima Preamp and Electronics, a mahogany and maple 5-piece neck, Adamas fan-bracing pattern, and a special clear finish on top showing off the graphite fibers like wood grain. Includes hardshell case ($160 value).
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I bought my Adamas 1597 SMT in 1998. When I went in the store my mind was set on buying a Martin that day. I saw the adamas on my way in and to make a long story short I played it and fell in love with the feel and sound of this guitar!
PROS:1)VERY balanced tone (piano-like bass/smooth mids/Warm highs - All VERY clear) & best sounding electronics (w/tuner)2)Perfect playability/Tune 1 time3)Quality/VERY abuse-resistant4)Puts guitars over 10-Gs to shame5)BeautifulCONS:1)Neck is wood (graphite w/phenolic fretboard is better)2)Not a jumbo3)No feedback control w/standard hole-covers4)Can't try it in stores. They'd lose money cause no one would buy anything else.
This is definitely my favorite road guitar. I can beat it up with percussive licks and never have to worry about cracking it or damaging the soundboard in any way. It can take anything within reason, and sound great doing it--plus, it plays like a dream as well. I use many alternate tunings, and it switches with ease and the intonation is always good. In crowded and noisy rooms, the built-in tuner is a great asset as well.
I really don't like rounded-back guitars, but I bought this axe for the incredible tone. I have several multi-thousand $ wood acoustics, and this guitar sounds "better" than any of them- more balanced, consisent sustain without dead spots, etc. Yet it retains a more traditional sound than pure-graphite guitars like Rainsongs. Don't let looks deceive you- sound-wise, there is absolutely no comparison between an Adamas and any of the wood-top Ovations. Strum one once and you'll be hooked for life.
I bought this guitar two years ago and it has been a stellar guitar for me. It puts up with heat, humidity, cold and so on without quibble, things that would have given a wooden guitar real fits. The odd part about it is that I have friends who are professional musicians, who paid Big Bucks for vintage D-28s and so on, and who just love my Adamas.The guitar is very user-friendly, has a fast neck, action can be low without fret buzz and is much friendlier to the fingers than most acoustics. It puts out good acoustic power and the thing is, you lose NOTHING when you plug it in. You can be happy amping, you can be happy acoustically - mostly you can be happy and you need not make excuses. The 1597 SMT delivers.These guitars used to be a LOT more costly than they are now; carbon fiber was once scarce but now is more reasonably priced, so the cost of the Adamas has come out of the stratosphere until they cost less than premium wooden guitars.The looks are unconventional but the tone is there, durability is there, plus you can amp it into the next century. This was perhaps the smartest guitar buying decision I ever made.
After playing my ovation Celebrity model, I wanted to move up in the guitar world. I played around with Taylors, Tacomas and Martins, but none matched the fullness in tone while unplugged than the Adamas. This would have been the deciding factor for me, since I mainly play unplugged for my own enjoyment, but the sound quality of the pickup absolutely pushed me into a "no-brainer" type decision. I play this guitar while leading worship in my church, and I am not the only one that is blessed by the guitar's overall high quality. This is the last acoustic-electric guitar I will ever buy, unless something happens to this one. If that circumstance happens, I will have another no-brainer... I would buy another one in a New York minute.
Sustain is best I've heard on any acoustic-electric guitar. Need to add lots more $$$ to price to get equivalent flat back that sounds as good!
All I have to say is... WOW