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A new breed of guitar.
The Wechter Pathmaker 3120T Guitar's innovative features include a spruce top, and beautiful ovankol back and sides, and a patented double cutaway headblock design that allows access to 19 frets clear of the body with the most stable neck joint found on any acoustic guitar today. The Pathmaker's unique convex headblock construction with integrated soundhole bracing is stronger than any traditional headblock design, easier to build, more reliable, and visually striking.
Wechter's 3000 Series Pathmakers received both the Guitar Player Editors' Pick Award and the Guitar One award! The 3000 Series Pathmakers are handmade; the braces are hand-scalloped with a violinmaker's plane. The finish is extremely thin, so the acoustic tone is loud and clear. The necks are slim and the access to the frets all the way into the high registers makes this a real user-friendly guitar. This is the guitar to have if you have ever wanted an acoustic that plays like an electric (i.e. low action and ease of playability) without compromising the acoustic tone. The 3000 Series Pathmaker comes with a heavy-duty padded gig bag at no extra charge.
The final installation with Plek Pro and electronics on all 3000 Series Pathmakers occurs at the Wechter shop in Michigan. They open every box, install the electronics, install brand new premium coated strings, adjust the action, adjust the trussrod, bone nut and saddle, file frets and buff the finish if necessary, clean the fingerboard and bridge, polish and carefully repack - every guitar, every time, so that you are getting a guitar that will play great right out of the box. Wechter guitars come with a lifetime warranty.
Abe Wechter personally travels to Asia several times a year to inspect guitars and works closely with the manufacturers there to assure that Wechter guitars are built with only the best materials and in a properly controlled environment. Abe gave his personal violinmaker's plane to the factory owner and had them copy the design so that now all the workers can hand scallop braces on Pathmaker guitars according to Abe's instructions.
The 3120T Pathfinder guitar features their Schertler Basik amplification system which is also used in resonator guitars. This system uses a Schertler Basik pickup under the cast aluminum spider, as used on the Schertler/Scheerhorn system developed in conjunction with master resonator builder Tim Scheerhorn, and a special active onboard preamp built exclusively for Wechter Guitars. The preamp mounts on the inside of the 3120T guitar at the output jack, and uses a 9 volt battery which is mounted in a battery compartment next to the tailblock. No external power supply or preamp required, just plug in a standard 1/4" cord.
Gain and tone controls are discreetly located at the edge of the soundholes. The tone controls are active boost and cut for both bass and treble. There are no holes in the side of the guitar for controls, only a hole in the tailblock for the standard output jack and a rectangular cutout for the battery box next to the tailblock.