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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
Reviewed by 14 customers
I won the guitar some years ago on an endorsement evening with THomas Leeb, correction i won a 310 Dreadnought but i liked more the 320 shape and caracteristics so i asked for a change.Changed the strings to Martin phosphor bronze 011 and since then are amazed every time i touch it. It's thru that to find something much better you will certainly have to pay 10 times this price.The neck plays as easy as my over 10yearold Godin LGX, that says a lot. But most of all the sound is brilliant and projected very well. Most of the electric guitarmusic i first exercise on it acoustically so it looks like a piece of cake on my electric. I have recorded some part on video but i need a looper to play a second line over it. then i will load it up to youtube. Sound tells fda lot more than words
I was looking for a good quality guitar, but my budget was low. Tried some wash's and epih's also Taka's cause Taylor and Martin, quality guitars not cheap. a friend from the conservatory talked to me about the Parkwood, so i decide to give it a chance without testing it first. The guitar comes in today, and let me tell you its most beautiful sound i ever heard from an acoustic. Very lite and Sound very warm, the open pores make this all wood guitar sound amazingly woody. At this price range you can not get any better, great action, nice and easy feeling. If you have $500 for a guitar this is it. I will say this kind of quality on a commercial brand named guitar will cost you more than twice.
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'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 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 own several high-end acoustics and electrics.My daughter (then 12) bought this guitar with an accumulation of birthday present money. This was a huge purchase for a 12-year-old with her own money and we were very selective and careful.She loves the guitar, and I am exceptionally happy with it. The solid wood and open pore finish make this a very resonant guitar. It is also quite loud for its size. We have owned it for 2 years now and it has aged well and opened up a bit, resulting in an excellent tone.The small body size and narrower neck make it easier for tweens and smaller adults (my daughter is now 14 years old and 5'0" tall) to play.I find myself picking this one up at times for my own playing enjoyment. It is a little small for my hands (used to Taylor necks) and the frets are a bit small for my taste, but the tone is beautiful and bright.
I never would have wasted 1000's of dollar's on Martin's, and Gibson's if I would have found this first. I don't care what anyone says they both are overated. Parkwood does not get the credit that they deserve. I was able to sell most of my collection and pay of my car. I still have in my mind the best guitar, I have ever played. I take this one everywhere. Not just some case model Martin, this one gets played. I will brag about my underated "cheap" Parkwood till' the day I die.
This guitar was actually my first. I went to guitar center and I was at first going to get a Martin D-15, but then the guy who was helping me pick out guitars pulled out this parkwood. I loved it right off the bat and got it that day. For its class this guitar is beautiful. It is light and small but has a great resounding tone. On the less important side it looks very nice. The thing that I love the most about it is the price though. The whole guitar is made out of solid wood which is very impressive for its price. Paired up with some good strings it'll sound great. I highly recommend this to everyone for two reasons. A) I'm currently saving up for a Martin D-28 Marquis, which is in a much higher price range, but this guitar makes a great "beach" guitar. It's nice to have an acoustic that you feel you can leave around and take places without being too worried about damaging it. B) If you are starting guitar this is great because its a perfect combination of price and quality. It's affordable but sounds beautiful and you won't look like one of those people that gets a guitar they don't need right off the bat.
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.
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!!!!