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Wechter Guitars Pathmaker Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Master luthier Abe Wechter created the visually and sonically distinctive Wechter Pathmaker Acoustic-Electric Guitar. It features a patented headbloc...Click To Read More About This Product

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The only 3-pickup-system guitar in its price range.

Master luthier Abe Wechter created the visually and sonically distinctive Wechter Pathmaker Acoustic-Electric Guitar. It features a patented headblock design with a 19th-fret joint giving you the feel of a solidbody neck on an acoustic instrument. Hand-scalloped top braces produce crystalline acoustic projection. It's built with a spruce top and maple back, sides, and neck with bound top, back, and fingerboard. The 3-pickup system by Wechter features a soundhole microphone and magnetic pickup plus an under-the-saddle piezo run through a 3-band EQ with magnetic/piezo blender to give you incredible tonal versatility. The standard and XLR jacks can be used simultaneously to further shape your sound. A phase reversing switch squelches feedback. It can be powered via a 9V battery or phantom power.

FEATURES
Patented headblock design with a 19th-fret joint for solidbody neck feel
Hand-scalloped top braces produce crystalline acoustic projection
Spruce top
Maple back, sides, and neck
Bound top, back, and fingerboard
Electronics:
Soundhole microphone and magnetic pickup plus an under-saddle piezo
3-band EQ with magnetic/piezo blender
Standard and XLR jacks can be used simultaneously
Phase reversing switch squelches feedback
Powered via a 9V battery or phantom power
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4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

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The best kept secret in great guitars.

I bought a Wechter Lacewood Pathmaker in 2004 from a store in IN, back before they were being set up on the Pleck Pro machine in Abe Wechter's factory. Unfortunately the store's setup job...Read complete review

I bought a Wechter Lacewood Pathmaker in 2004 from a store in IN, back before they were being set up on the Pleck Pro machine in Abe Wechter's factory. Unfortunately the store's setup job turned out pretty abysmal. Finally I could no longer stand it and made a call to get my baby some attention at the Wechter factory in Paw Paw, MI.Upon arrival I was personally greeted by Abe Wechter who gave me the tour and introduced me to the guys who would be working on my instrument while I waited in the lobby where there hung a couple dozen guitars labeled as "seconds", owing to some undetectable flaw in their finish. I started playing them one by one and presently pulled a black Pathmaker with no electronics from the wall. Have you ever picked up a guitar that just reaches up and cuddles you from the first note? I left the shop an hour later the owner of two great playing Wechter Pathmakers. A couple of months ago I took the black one back to get the three-way pickups installed.If the "me-too" aficionados ever catch onto these great instruments they could just become the next cult item for collectors and players alike. If you're lucky enough to get one of these Wechter Pathmakers before they're all gone, then you?re lucky enough.

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Tthe features work...but what use is this guitar when the glue that holds the thing together fails???Warning: the intonation on this guitar is bad.I got this guitar just about five...Read complete review

Tthe features work...but what use is this guitar when the glue that holds the thing together fails???Warning: the intonation on this guitar is bad.I got this guitar just about five years ago now. At this time one year ago, the glue holding the nut in place failed. I shrugged it off, and every time I restrung my guitar I'd just hold it in place, or push it back in place.Pretty soon after the glue failed on one end of the guitar, I found that the bridge was starting to seperate from the body. The body began to take on a mended, concave shape. I kept playing my hopeless box, hoping that the worst was over, but a month or two later the thing was unplayable because the tension of tuned strings ripped the bridge completely off the body of guitar.my advice: think long term. You should probably spend $100-$200 more for a reliable guitar that will last a lifetime.Another plus of investing more smartly is that your future guitar won't sound like it's made out of compressed sawdust.

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5.0

Wechter Pathfinder acoustic, blue color

By jcdavid5

from Seattle area

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I got the acoustic version of the guitar offered here. Mine has mahoghany back, rosewood sides, and spruce top. It looks to thin to be laminated, that would be this guitars only drawback. The sound is bright and because of the mahoghany nice dark overtones. I love the neck,you can get up and bar the 15th fret without thinking about it. The neck plays fast. Mine was set up low as advertised. I have had a few good guitars all set up for me with low fast action and with this guitar I didn't have to get anything done. I love it. I really don't like normal acoustic guitars anymore because of the way this one plays. I play mostly electric and this one fits me perfectly. It doesn't have the tone of a early seventies guild, martin, or gibson thats for sure but for me the tone is nice enough and this thing handles.

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1.0

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By g-off

from chicago, il

Tthe features work...but what use is this guitar when the glue that holds the thing together fails???Warning: the intonation on this guitar is bad.I got this guitar just about five years ago now. At this time one year ago, the glue holding the nut in place failed. I shrugged it off, and every time I restrung my guitar I'd just hold it in place, or push it back in place.Pretty soon after the glue failed on one end of the guitar, I found that the bridge was starting to seperate from the body. The body began to take on a mended, concave shape. I kept playing my hopeless box, hoping that the worst was over, but a month or two later the thing was unplayable because the tension of tuned strings ripped the bridge completely off the body of guitar.my advice: think long term. You should probably spend $100-$200 more for a reliable guitar that will last a lifetime.Another plus of investing more smartly is that your future guitar won't sound like it's made out of compressed sawdust.

 
5.0

Rocks out of the box... time will tell the truth.

By Cliffy D

from Fairbanks, AK

The ultimate test will be time, to see how this thing holds up, but I was more than impressed when I pulled it out of the box. The intonation is **** near perfect, held a tune like a champ and the action is pretty sweet! Also, the Artec HT-TBL pickup system kicks everyones ***!! Unreal! The tonal spectrum is incredibly vast. It has to be the best $ I ever spent on a guitar!

 
4.0

Nice but a skinny neck

By Old dude-O16RW

from fairborn, OH

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The neck is so slim at the nut I had a bit of trouble adjusting, but it's ok now.The action is high, the strings were too heavy, and in a loud environment, it is very hard to kill the howls from the thing...More friction on the EQ sliders would keep them from slopping around, too. The long neck and double cutaway are verry nice, and in a quiet room, it makes beautiful tones through my small base amp. It's a neat guitar and something of a conversation piece. I adjusted the truss and changed the strings, I'm thinking of removing the magnetic pickup since it doesn't help its acoustic tone anyway. Overall, It' OK.

 
5.0

Great guitar for the money, beats all competition!

By jcap

from Undisclosed

Great guitar for the money, beats all competition! 3-pickup system is awesome, very versatile. I love the double cutaway design. I am very satisfied with this high quality guitar.

 
4.0

The best kept secret in great guitars.

By KJ

from Three Rivers, MI

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I bought a Wechter Lacewood Pathmaker in 2004 from a store in IN, back before they were being set up on the Pleck Pro machine in Abe Wechter's factory. Unfortunately the store's setup job turned out pretty abysmal. Finally I could no longer stand it and made a call to get my baby some attention at the Wechter factory in Paw Paw, MI.Upon arrival I was personally greeted by Abe Wechter who gave me the tour and introduced me to the guys who would be working on my instrument while I waited in the lobby where there hung a couple dozen guitars labeled as "seconds", owing to some undetectable flaw in their finish. I started playing them one by one and presently pulled a black Pathmaker with no electronics from the wall. Have you ever picked up a guitar that just reaches up and cuddles you from the first note? I left the shop an hour later the owner of two great playing Wechter Pathmakers. A couple of months ago I took the black one back to get the three-way pickups installed.If the "me-too" aficionados ever catch onto these great instruments they could just become the next cult item for collectors and players alike. If you're lucky enough to get one of these Wechter Pathmakers before they're all gone, then you?re lucky enough.

 
5.0

This guitar plays sweetly.

By hagemebl

from Junction City, KS

I love this guitar. You can play it for hours, the strings are so easy to push. The only drawbacks are that I retune often, and there is no strap button at the base of the neck, so you have to tie your strap at the other end (I don't like playing that way). The good, by far, outweighs the negatives though. You can't beat this guitars features and sound for the price.

 
5.0

Wechter KILLS

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I purchased a Wechter Pathmaker electric/acoustic a few weeks ago & I love it! As a working guitarist, the blendable 3 pick-up system makes it simple to dial in the right acoustic tone in a live situation. And the way the Pathmaker feels......it's almost like playing an electric. Two thumbs up....WAY UP! for the makers of the Wechter Pathmaker!!Dave "SEED" - Guitar/Vox- Toxic Waltz, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 
5.0

This is a great guitar.

By Notajob1

from Fort Wayne, IN

The acoustic tone is quite good (articulate and resonant) the plugged-in tone is even better. The three pickup mix is quite good. The best tone is with all settings right in the middle, which tells me that Abe Wechter knows what he is doing. Great construction. Very nice action!

 
5.0

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By Steve-2QBX3

from Boston

Sweet guitar. Action is low and smooth. Tone excellent. A true joy to play. I'd say that it plays very much like an electric. Haven't played with it plugged in very much, I don't have an acoustic amp. Thru my electric amp it sounds nice, but more like an electric than an acoustic. When buying, my other choice was a Fender DG20CE I preferred the Wechter.The look and finish were excellent.

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I love the three pickups, as well as the the microphone output. Awesome!

 
5.0

Unequaled for the price

By ParkwaySouth

from Rockaway, NJ

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I've only had this guitar a few weeks, but every day I love it more. I'm not a particularly good or serious guitarist, I just wanted something I could noodle and record with. The Pathmaker is simply amazing, especially for the price. The tone shaping abilities are far more advanced than anything else in its range. It's acoustic tone is very nice...warm and full. Plugged in it really shines, and I've been using it as a primary electric. It sounds so good with some tube overdrive (I have the tone shaped like a Dimarzio Breed pickup). All in all, you simply can't beat the quality of this instrument for the price.

 
5.0

Wechter's stuff is great!

By Jeff-24Bax

from Michigan

I own two Wechters and although I don't own this specific model, I've played them and they are an unbelievable value. They have great tone and unfounded customer support! FYI- I own an American made 9100 and an Asian built Travel Guitar... If something were to happen to mine I'd by another one tomorrow!

 
5.0

I sold mine, now I'm PISSED !

By Jimmy Limo

from Weed, CA

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For the money nothing comes close... set up at the USA shop is GREAT ! Play w/ extra light strings, maybe use a plain .019 for your G string so you can bend the blues.... Try a .010 E and a .012 B ....
It broke my heart to sell my blue Pathmaker... now I'm trying to find another. Sweet acoustic tone, great 3-way pickups... excellent for recording direct to the board. But most of all.... what other acoustic can you find that you can easily play a "G" barre chord AT THE 15th FRET !!!! Plays like an electric, sounds like a sweet acoustic... Take this puppy down to your local club for "acoustic jam night" and DESTROY the competition !!! .... (lotsa fun !)...

 
5.0

Great Instrument for the Price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Have played Gibsons, Martins, Fenders, Epiphones, Ibanezes, Takamines and others. This guitar plays, sounds, and looks as well or better than any, especially for the price. The three pickup system is versatile and offers a wide variety of sound possibilities. It sounds excellent through my Fender acoustic amp, but some great electric sounds are also possible when played through my Ampeg tube amp. I highly recommend this instrument.

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar

By Herby

from Tulsa, OK

This guitar is the very best acoustic in the price range. I love it. I had a few questions before I bought it so I emailed the company and was amazed when Abraham Wechter himself answered my email. You can't beat service like that. Plus, 3 pickup acoustic/electric...You can't beat it.

 
5.0

2 years and going strong

By Scottyboy

from California Central COast

I bought my Wechter about 2 years ago now, and to be honest, I've beat the crap out of it. It wasn't the price of my Taylor so I used it out on the road as well as around the camp fire. Its been left outside in the freezing cold, its been run into walls, fallen off my strap onstage, and of course been subject to the kind of abusive playing that can only come with many many drinks. In spite of all of this it still plays great, certainly not as amazingly as it did out of the box, but nonetheless I find myself often putting done my Taylor and picking up my black Wechter.Buy this guitar, you will not regret it!

 
1.0

Pales in comparison to others in this price range

By Zorg

from Hillsboro, Oregon

Although the Artec electronics are wizzy, it is not a good choice if you want to sound natural.The action, as received from the factory, was a bit too heavy. Perhaps it was due to the string diameter/type.

 
5.0

Wechter Pathmaker/Laced Wood

By Dan-4r62T

from Golden, CO

I'm extremely happy with the quality and play of this instrument. The action was great out of the box. The finish was excellent as well, a few minor flaws, but nothing anyone would notice unless they were really searching. The sound of the guitar by itself is good, but amp it up and it rocks. The variations between the 3 pickups allows for a great range of sound. For the price, it's a steal for us on the budget buyers. Great job Mr. Wechter!!

 
5.0

A true deal

By Cars, Guitars, and Sushi

from Centreville, MD

This Wechter is nothing short of awesome. The unplugged tone is warm and rich. And when amplified, it gives you great versatility! My budget for a new acoustic was $2K, and I played a ton of Rainsongs, Taylors, Martins, etc. But once I test drove the Pathmaker, I couldn't see paying the extra coin for a guitar that really doesn't sound any better, or look as unique. So I bought the Wechter and a California Blonde amp, and blew the remaining $1100 on cheap beer! Check out the Wechter website - there's a ton of great detail for you techno freaks. Overall, this guitar rules!

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