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Parkwood PW320M GA Acoustic Guitar
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The Parkwood PW320M Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar has a solid spruce top, and solid mahogany back and sides. Braces are hand scalloped and cosmet...Click To Read More About This Product
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The Parkwood PW320M Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar has a solid spruce top, and solid mahogany back and sides. Braces are hand scalloped and cosmetic appointments are elegant. The PM320M is finished in an ultra thin "open pore" finish that lets the sound come through loud and clear.
Whether you've been playing for years, or are looking to upgrade to your first high quality guitar, Parkwood is your only choice for solid woods, expert build, exceptional playability and real tone at an extraordinary price.
Also known as OM (Orchestra) with its slimmer waist and smaller overall body shape.This style has a clear and flexible tone. The smaller body is reminiscent of guitars used by many of the classic blues players.
OPEN PORE FINISH
This finish is applied in several layers that allow the open pores of the wood to be felt and to also allow the wood to breathe and vibrate at its best. You can actually feel the wood grain, like it was a raw unfinished piece of wood. The tone of an open pore finish is loud, alive and natural.
TOP - Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)
Sitka Spruce comes from the Pacific northwest and today is the most commonly used wood for guitar tops. Sitka is a bit stronger and stiffer than other spruces. Its strength and toughness make it well suited for steel string guitars.
BACK & SIDES - Mahogany (Khaya ivorensis)
Mahogany is softer and lighter than Rosewood. Generally, Mahogany is warmer and has more low end, providing a strong, thumping bass with an emphasis on clear, bright, airy, trebles. It's also used for bracing, binding, end blocks, heel blocks and necks
- BODY STYLE: Grand Auditorium
- CONSTRUCTION: Dovetail Neck Joint
- BRACING: Scalloped 5/16"
- TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce
- BACK: Solid Mahogany
- SIDES: Solid Mahogany
- NECK: Bound Mahogany 1PC
- TRUSS ROD: 2 way biflex
- FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
- INLAY: White Dot
- NUT: Synthetic bone
- SADDLE: Synthetic bone
- TUNERS: Grover w/ Ebony look Keys
- BRIDGE: Rosewood
- SOUNDHOLE ROSETTE: Deluxe Inlaid Rosette
- BINDING: Multiple Ivory
- SCALE: 25.3"
- BODY DEPTH: 3-19/32" x 4-13/64"
- NUT WIDTH: 1 11/16"
- FINISH: Open Pore
- STRINGS: D'Addario EXP11 80/20 Bronze Light
- ELECTRONICS: N/A
- CASE: Deluxe Parkwood Gigbag
Reviewed by 16 customers
I went down to my local music shop with the goal of picking up an all solid-wood acoustic. I knew the Parkwoods used all solid-wood construction and I was intrigued by their modest price tag. I played the 3-series dread and Grand Auditorium. The 310 Dread was nice, but the 320 Grand Auditorium just lit me up! I tuned it up and found it to be crisp and airy with that tight trebly sound you expect from the smaller GA size. It sounded great strummed as well as while flat picking, with very nice separation between lows and highs. Not muddy at all. I was just so impressed with the sound and feel of this Parkwood that I ended up buying it! Since I made my purchase, my experience has been positive. I like the action - it was set up fairly low out of the box, but not so low as to get buzzy with aggressive strumming. The nut height is perfect. The Grover tuners are nice and offer positive feel. I like the black tuning keys. The binding on the body and neck is perfect. The thin, open finish allows you to feel the grain of the wood - particularly on the back/sides/neck. Nice touch! The spruce top is tight-grained and very light in color and gives plenty of vibe. Rosewood fingerboard is smooth as silk. Fret ends are slightly rough, but do not extend beyond the fingerboard or catch your fingers. I intend to smooth them out, but I do not expect a lot of work there. I have not needed to adjust the truss rod yet. There are no buzzy frets or dead notes. The GA size is nice while playing seated ? it came with no strap button on the heel and I have yet to add one. I notice that the saddle could have been sanded a bit smoother around the edges and on the top surface. Otherwise, I am very impressed with the finish of the guitar. The abalone inlay on the headstock is quite elegant. Otherwise the style is no-frills. I have not had it long enough to asses how durable the ?open pore? finish will be, but I like the fact that it doesn?t show fingerprints. Most importantly, I like playing the PW320! It?s an easy player and I find myself grabbing it over some other very fine guitars in my collection. It compares very favorably with guitars that cost much, much more. It inspires me to play more and I am constantly enjoying the sounds that I am unlocking from this thing! To me, that is value. I expect it to sound even better with age, but only time will tell. I would highly recommend anyone in the market for a GA acoustic at the very least give the Parkwood a try. I am very happy that I did and I intend to hold onto this one!
I'd been playing for 44 years, although I hadn't even touched a guitar since I sold my '69 Martin D-18 15 years ago. When I went guitar shopping a few days ago, I had in mind the styles, names, quality & performance to which I'd been accustomed, but anything equivalent to my D-18 was now totally out of my price range. So I asked to see models more affordable to me, and also with a narrower neck and shorter distance between frets, 'cause I have tiny baby hands, which have always limited my playing. As soon as I picked up the Parkwood, it immediately felt very comfortable my hands. I'd never heard of the Parkwood brand, but I'm thrilled with my purchase, have been playing happily since I bought it, and no longer subscribe to the snobby notion of "Big Name" brands. I heartily recommend the Parkwood PW320M.
I use this guitar everyday for practice and to perform when I'm able to.i just received the instrument as a gift from a friend and I recommend park wood guitars .
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I was browsing through a local flea market with the wife the other day and came across this guitar. I have always liked the GC and GA sized guitars as I have tiny girl hands. I grew up in a music store and had a good eye for guitars and knew this one was worth playing around with. picked it up and played it for about 5 minutes and fell in love. Like all the other comments, I had played on Taylors and Martins and can tell you I'd take this over any other guitar. Actually traded a Peavey JF-1 for this guitar and I definitely came out on top.
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I just bought this guitar about a month ago. I can't say enough about it!! The open pore finish lets the wood resonate, which you can feel when you play, in a way that maximizes tone and makes for a beautiful sounding acoustic. All solid woods are used to make the guitar and attention to detail is obviously important to parkwood. The woods are absolutely beautiful. The neck is smooth and plays extremely fast. Stays in tune wonderfully. If you get a fishman matrix under-saddle pickup system to be installed in this guitar, you will have the perfect little acoustic set-up. For this price it can't be beat!!!!
I bought this guitar a month ago for my birthday. I shopped long and hard and was just about to buy a Martin, when the guy at Guitar Center said, "Before you buy the Martin why don't you check this Parkwood out, it is one of my favorites." I did and loved it immediately. I have smaller hands and this guitar fits me perfectly. The tone of all hardwood body is beautiful, and I am sure it will just keep getting better with time. I took the guitar to my next guitar lesson, and my instructor (who has been playing for 20 years) was a little skeptical that I had what he considered an off brand guitar. He asked if he could play it for a minute. Afterward he said, "You know it is funny you can sometimes spend a couple thousand dollars on a Martin or Taylor, and not get anything extrodinary. Then sometimes you can buy a guitar like this one and everything just seems to come together right, and the guitar just sings."That is the best way I can describe this guitar, it just effortlessly sings. I love playing it, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get a great guitar.
I love to check out different kinds of acoustics, and this one caught my eye because I'm a bigger fan of small to medium sized bodies, so I picked it up. This thing has some of the clearest, amazing tone I've ever heard. And while I love my Martin, Guild, Alvarez, and Ovation, for the price and size, I would love to snag this wonderous guitar. Great for serenading the ladies!
Parkwood PW 320-M I bought this instrument about 5 montha ago. I have owned several martins, guilds, etc, This compares quite favorably with them (in some respects,exceeds them)In this case the factory hype is accurate.Great value!!
I recently made a trip to my local music store, intending to figure out how much money I would need to save up to get myself a good acoustic guitar. I sat down with Martins and Taylors priced well over a thousand dollars and didn't find any noteworthy guitar among the bunch. Beginning to grow bored, I decided to pick a random guitar off the wall; the lucky guitar happened to be this one. Immediately I noted how lightweight it was, and as soon as I plucked a sting I could feel how light responsive the strings were, and marvelled at the low, easy action. I sat for over an hour strumming some of my favorites and playing the blues. The guitar sounded wonderful. It is a blues machine, and works equally well picking or using your fingers. I looked at the price tag, and was stunned to see how cheap the guitar was. Assuming by its low price that it would be made out of laminated wood, I curiously asked a sales associate whether the guitar's top was solid. He informed me that, in fact, the entire guitar was made of solid wood. For that price, and all-solid guitar is unreal! I was able to take it home that day due to its extremely reasonable price, and I haven't put it down since. A lot of budget-priced guitars offer features that seem impressive on paper, but are irrelevant when you actually pick the guitar up and try to play it. This guitar, however, is nothing of the sort. It combines great sound, playability, and price, and despite its simple appearance, it still isn't too bad to look at either. It is such a great guitar that it is actually drawing my attention away from my $1600 Fender Custom Classic Strat. The value is unreal. Buy this guitar. In fact, take the money you had saved up for a Martin, and buy three of these instead. You won't regret it.
Purchased this as a gift after trying several guitars around this price range for hours. The first thing youll notice is the very fine quality of the instrument. Compared to other guitars in this price range, the woods, finish, and smaller parts like tuners and bridge pins, are really quite impressive. It had a very bright and clear tone right out of the box, and after it warmed up a bit, it sounded just great. Must agree that this is a great blues guitar but you'll find it a pleasure to play just about anything on it.If you're looking for something in this price range, you won't find much else better. If you're looking for something just a little cheaper, shell out the extra hundred and get this, you'll be glad you did.