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Silver Creek T-160 Acoustic Guitar  

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    Total playing comfort and great tone!

    The Silver Creek T-160 Mahogany Auditorium Acoustic Guitar features a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back & sides. The traditional auditorium body size and wider fingerboard make it ideal for finger-style playing. Silver Creek guitars feature the same quality materials and construction found on many high-end guitars but without a high-end price.

    Features
    • Body Style: Auditorium
    • Top: Solid Spruce
    • Back & Sides: Solid mahogany
    • Neck: Mahogany
    • Scale Length: 24.9"
    • No. of frets: 20, open 14
    • Fingerboard: Rosewood
    • Fingerboard Inlays: Mini Dots
    • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
    • Headstock Inlay: Silvercreek logo with Decorative Inlay
    • Nut width: 1-3/4"
    • Neck width at body: 2-3/8"
    • String spacing at saddle E-E: 2-5/16"
    • Binding: White with Black/White Purfling
    • Rosette: Ringed
    • Bridge: Rosewood
    • Width at Upper Bout: 11-3/8"
    • Width at Lower Bout: 15-1/4"
    • Maximum Depth: 3-7/8"
    • Finish: Gloss
    • Tuners: Chrome

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    4.7

    (based on 42 reviews)

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    Follow-up Comment on the Great Solid Wood T-160 Silver Creek 000 Auditorium Guitar, intonation

    Keeping the rating at 9, just because this is a great guitar. I finally took it down to the shop, just to check intonation and action at the 12th fret. While I...Read complete review

    Keeping the rating at 9, just because this is a great guitar. I finally took it down to the shop, just to check intonation and action at the 12th fret. While I had the saddle out I discovered it was not cow bone as I earlier thought, neither is the nut, both are some synthetic plastic. Here is what I found:

    1. Location, location, location> The bridge slot is about 1/16th inch too short, glued on just a bit shy of perfection, causing the intonation to be up to 20 sonts flat. Fixing it means more string length is needed. It's easy enough to measure from the nut to the 12th fret, double that measurement and you have the location of the saddle, except for adding the compensation, typically adding almost a 1/16th of an inch on the treble side, and adding 1/8 to 3/16th inch to the bass side. This angles the saddle a visual amount and of course is easily placed. Attaining intonation anywhere close required making a new saddle and angling the top of it to the rear of the existing slot. The steel B strings really desires a bit more length, but that won't happen for most folks.

    2. While I had the strings off making a new bone saddle, I slipped my mirror inside and had a look around. The typical guaze joint on the x-brace is there, very Martinesque. I prefer solid wood splint glued over this joint as most luthiers do today, either way works. I liked the solid wood splints on the curved sides of the guitar. Martin used to use tape for this, I prefer wood like this, again, modern luthiers use solid wood splints, reminiscent of finger braces on the top, a little smaller. I like to check the damage caused when the bridge pins are drilled through. It was typical, some minor splintering. If they use a sacrifice block in there it would drill through cleanly, and a sharp bit is important. The main point here is I found damage to both insides of the x-braces. I think this happened when their clamping caul was accidently clamped on the braces rather than the maple bridgeplate while gluing on the rosewood bridge. Ooops. I judged it still substantial and should not cause a failure of the x-brace, but it could.

    3. Plastic nut and saddle, not bone.

    So there you have it: Intonation was off on my specimen, corrected about 75% of the problem which was .5 to 2 marks on a tuner flat. Bridge or slot would have to be repositioned.

    Damage to the main x-brace due to the clamping caul misplacement during bridge install. Should be okay, but should not happen.

    Bone saddles and nuts was a mis-speak on my part, they are plastic.

    Others might want me to lower my appraisal of this Silver Creek T160 000 Auditorium guitar but I believe it's solid woods, good finish job, and overall quality and value rate 9 of 10. Thanks Musicians Friend for the great instrument. I'd feel great if you wanted to share this info with the manufacturer. Many times they do the best they can and may even copy instruments of historical significance, replicating even their mistakes. Cheers and have a great summer, JBD

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    Great guitar for a beginner

    I bought this guitar for my 10-year-old daughter, and it has amazing sound quality and features for the price. All solid woods! I think Musician's Friend is really on to something with...Read complete review

    I bought this guitar for my 10-year-old daughter, and it has amazing sound quality and features for the price. All solid woods! I think Musician's Friend is really on to something with this entry-level brand, and I applaud them for making this level of instrument available at such a low price. Now, there isn't the attention to detail you might find on name-brand or high-end instruments (I own Martin and Gibson acoustics as well). There are some rough places and you can see by looking in the soundhole that there are little issues like glue that didn't get cleaned up, etc. But it's hard to find something this good for this price. I recommend this purchase to anybody looking at similarly-priced guitars. This one wins hands down.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I dig this guitar

    By Ben Smith

    from Undisclosed

    I played a Silver Creek at a friend's house and was Really impressed. He told me to check out the reviews Here and I did. And I bought it. Haven't regretted it! My luthier could not Believe what I pause for this guitar when he installed the Pickup in it. With guitar, pickup, and case, I have a low total invested in the instrument, and it plays and functions Like something worth much more. I gig a lot, and usually play An expensive Gibson J-45. On travel gigs where I fly, I HATE having To hand such an expensive guitar over to any baggage handler, so This Silver Creek has become my official travel guitar. If it gets lost or Distroyed, I'm not out as much money. I TOTALLY Recommend Guitar for any working musician trying to spend smart.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Great guitar for a beginner

    By Dave Yeats

    from Austin TX

    I bought this guitar for my 10-year-old daughter, and it has amazing sound quality and features for the price. All solid woods! I think Musician's Friend is really on to something with this entry-level brand, and I applaud them for making this level of instrument available at such a low price. Now, there isn't the attention to detail you might find on name-brand or high-end instruments (I own Martin and Gibson acoustics as well). There are some rough places and you can see by looking in the soundhole that there are little issues like glue that didn't get cleaned up, etc. But it's hard to find something this good for this price. I recommend this purchase to anybody looking at similarly-priced guitars. This one wins hands down.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Follow-up Comment on the Great Solid Wood T-160 Silver Creek 000 Auditorium Guitar, intonation

    By Quietwoods2

    from Arkansas, at least we touch Texas!

    Keeping the rating at 9, just because this is a great guitar. I finally took it down to the shop, just to check intonation and action at the 12th fret. While I had the saddle out I discovered it was not cow bone as I earlier thought, neither is the nut, both are some synthetic plastic. Here is what I found:

    1. Location, location, location> The bridge slot is about 1/16th inch too short, glued on just a bit shy of perfection, causing the intonation to be up to 20 sonts flat. Fixing it means more string length is needed. It's easy enough to measure from the nut to the 12th fret, double that measurement and you have the location of the saddle, except for adding the compensation, typically adding almost a 1/16th of an inch on the treble side, and adding 1/8 to 3/16th inch to the bass side. This angles the saddle a visual amount and of course is easily placed. Attaining intonation anywhere close required making a new saddle and angling the top of it to the rear of the existing slot. The steel B strings really desires a bit more length, but that won't happen for most folks.

    2. While I had the strings off making a new bone saddle, I slipped my mirror inside and had a look around. The typical guaze joint on the x-brace is there, very Martinesque. I prefer solid wood splint glued over this joint as most luthiers do today, either way works. I liked the solid wood splints on the curved sides of the guitar. Martin used to use tape for this, I prefer wood like this, again, modern luthiers use solid wood splints, reminiscent of finger braces on the top, a little smaller. I like to check the damage caused when the bridge pins are drilled through. It was typical, some minor splintering. If they use a sacrifice block in there it would drill through cleanly, and a sharp bit is important. The main point here is I found damage to both insides of the x-braces. I think this happened when their clamping caul was accidently clamped on the braces rather than the maple bridgeplate while gluing on the rosewood bridge. Ooops. I judged it still substantial and should not cause a failure of the x-brace, but it could.

    3. Plastic nut and saddle, not bone.

    So there you have it: Intonation was off on my specimen, corrected about 75% of the problem which was .5 to 2 marks on a tuner flat. Bridge or slot would have to be repositioned.

    Damage to the main x-brace due to the clamping caul misplacement during bridge install. Should be okay, but should not happen.

    Bone saddles and nuts was a mis-speak on my part, they are plastic.

    Others might want me to lower my appraisal of this Silver Creek T160 000 Auditorium guitar but I believe it's solid woods, good finish job, and overall quality and value rate 9 of 10. Thanks Musicians Friend for the great instrument. I'd feel great if you wanted to share this info with the manufacturer. Many times they do the best they can and may even copy instruments of historical significance, replicating even their mistakes. Cheers and have a great summer, JBD

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Silver Creek T160 (000 Martin Style Guitar)

    By Quietwoods2

    from Arkansas, at least we touch Texas!

    This guitar is wonderful. Great tone from the solid spruce top and solid mahogany sides and back. The internal bracing seems just right. Two things on the con side, but I only deducted 1 of ten point rating for it. The toner used to make this guitar appear aged and yellowed is a bit much for my taste. Beside a clear lacquered guitar, this doesn't appear as much yellowed from age, but tinted yellow orange or pumpkin color. It's a small point, the finish is very good and buffed out nicely.

    The other minor issue is this guitar has sharp fret ends. A file in a block of wood will make short work of that problem. Wood shrinks, metal does not. This is minor, but will have to be addressed.

    I like the butterbean Kluson-style tuners. The inlays are really nice both mother of pearl abalone used on the headstock and the MOP dots on the rosewood fretboard. Action is strumming height, and can likely be lowered more to a fingerpicker's liking. However, if strumming this guitar you'll want to add a pickguard. Luthier's Merchantile has some nice ones that fit this smaller body. It will not look great with a dred size guard. I plan to add one to this guitar.

    I'm still amazed at the quality overall of the instrument. The neck is a bit wider and you may notice that, the volute is nice, martinesque, and I do believe this is a sawn mahogany one piece neck, no heel block and no glue joint at the peghead either.

    Overall, this guitar is a worthy machine, solid woods mean nothing if it doesn't have craftsmanship to go with it. Yes, this baby is made in China. The quality control reminds me of what we see in Nissan, Toyota, and other fine cars from Japan. Applause to the Chinese worker/luthier it's nice to see your efforts pay off. 9 out of 10, not perfect, but out of the box, it's very impressive. Hats off to the crew at Musician's Friend as well. I should have bought the matching case!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Silver T-160

    By joe verville

    from Tidewater,VA

    I have to rate it excellent and also a great value for those who would love to have a nice guitar to play with out a tremendous outlay of money. I in no way imply that it is better than a Martin or Gibson. I will say that those companies should look at how they are pricing their instruments. There are options to have and these guitars represent and excellent choice. They have a sound all their own and would do a player proud.
    After unboxing this guitar and doing a quick once over, I went to work on tuning it up and did a minor truss rod adjustment. This guitar came well boxed and none for the worse from the UPS truck. This is a very nice instrument. It's as others described and is appointed spartanly, but therein lies its beauty. I have been playing it for a while and all is fine with the intonation and setup. I don't need to do anything else to it until it settles in some from playing.
    I have had the pleasure to own some nice acoustics in the past, notably a Martin D35, D28, and a hand made from Wartrace, Tennesee made by a luthier named Tony Sullivan. I have worked on and repaired quite a few guitars in the past and have a good handle on what a quality guitar is. This is a quality instrument and while it's not perfect, it's pretty close, and for the price! It has nice overtones and bass response as well as good articulation in the mid registers of tone. It almost sounds like a rosewood guitar and that's what is most surprising.
    Earlier yesterday, I stopped in my favorite guitar store and played a few Recording King guitars similar to this guitar and will tell you that the Silver Creek gives up nothing in comparison. They may be finished just a tad better but you really have to look. I'm very happy with this guitar.
    I remember the days of "entry level "guitars and they were simply unfit to use as kindling for a fire. These are great days when you can get something this nice without going broke.Will it last? I think so and I'm looking forward to it opening up. It sounds great now so this is exciting as to the prospect of it sweetening up even more.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Silver Creek T-160

    By Dent

    from Fort Worth, Texas

    This guitar was deliverd free of any dents or scratches. The setupis good, It stays in tune and looks nice. The one thing I dislikethe most is the V shaped neck, which other people have commented on. I have 5 differnt Alvarez AD series guitars andthis has as good, sound and tone as any of them. The spaceing on the strings is a little bit wider then normal.Which is good for finger style play. It has a hand crafted compensated saddle. Great value.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Update on the review of the T160

    By Tim McCord

    from Texas

    Since my first review I cleaned, oiled and restrung the guitar with Pearse Phosphor Bronze. The improvement in sound over the nasty tarnished strings it came with is startling. Enough to motivate me to write that I have already ordered a T-170. I will very likely buy another one of each to leave a set at home and the office. I can buy all four for less than a single Martin.

    Don't get me wrong. I still aspire to own/play well enough to deserve a Martin. In the meantime though I would hate to live off the difference in playability between the T160 and the equivalent Martin.
    Perfect for the fingerstylist. I am much more likely to take this guitar on outings than I would a $2K guitar.
    In fairness although nicely set up it does not enjoy the subtle hand workmanship and finery like bone nut and saddle like you would get from Martin. However, it is imminently playable.
    Rediculous value. I have spent a great deal of time playing Auditorium bodied Martins at various guitar shops locally. To my ear the volume, sensitivity to touch, tone and sustain easily matches the Martins.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is way more guitar than the price would suggest.

    By Tim McCord

    from Texas

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    I received my T-160 yesterday. It checked out beautifully. The finish is even and light. The Mahogony back and sides are tight grained and attractive. The top has the yellow/orange tint giving it the 1930s vintage Martin look. It easily tuned to pitch and intonation is accurate throughout the fretboard. The action is ideal for me right out of the box. It is low but not so low to cause buzzing even when thrashed with a pick.This guitar is clearly designed for fingerstyle players. I am amazed at the volume and the balance acrcoss the highs, mids and lows. If the same qaulity of sound came from a Martin I would be equally impressed. The smaller auditorium size body and wider fretboard make this a comfortable and easy guitar to play. I am seriously considering buying another one just because they are that good and I can afford it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding 'beater' Guitar

    By Stephen-_7uKR

    from Upstate NY

    I bought this model used. I got it quickly and it was well packaged. The strings that were on it sounded bad. I put some Martin SP Lights on it, and it did not sound as good as I thought it would. I was almost ready to send it back. Then, I tried some D'Addario light strings on it, and then learned the proper way to adjust the neck relief. Well I gotta say, that turned this average (ready to send back) guitar into an OUTSTANDING sounding and playing guitar. The playabilty (after set up) is as good as my 2001 Taylor 315CE. It sounds wonderful now too. I would not hesitate to recommend or purchase another one. You're not going to find a better value for an ALL SOLID WOOD guitar anywhere else, not even used. If you're on the fence, just buy it. Just make sure you set it up or have it set up when you get it.

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    5.0

    Plays like butter!!!!

    By AP-jn7gI

    from Tinley Park, IL

    It's not like I need anymore guitars but I wanted a 000 body size guitar. I read the reviews and decided to go for it. Best buy ever... at least for the year:P The action was low and perfect for me so there was no need to fiddle around with the saddle. The only thing I had to do was file down the frets a bit which was no big deal. Other than that this puppy sounds amazing. It just sounds so smooth. It really is like playing butter. I love it so much that I'm thinking about buying another one! Best $199 spent!

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