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Wechter Guitars Pathmaker Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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  • Wechter Guitars

    Innovative, strikingly beautiful, and handcrafted.

    Wechter highlights the creative and original design of the Pathmaker Acoustic-Electric Guitar with a stunning, well-figured lacewood body. Accented with tortoise binding, the lacewood back and sides are attached to a spruce top for a resonant combination that's as appealing as it is toneful.

    The patented double-cutaway design of this Wechter guitar allows a very electric-guitar-like 19 frets of access in addition to a rock-solid neck joint. The convex headblock construction with integrated soundhole bracing is stronger than any traditional headblock design and is more reliable and visually striking. A thin finish allows for more pure acoustic tone while the slim, fast neck and low action make the Pathmaker guitar easy to play.

    Final set up and electronics installation is done in the Wechter shop in Paw Paw, Michigan, including premium coated strings, action adjustment, trussrod adjustment, setting the bone nut and saddle, filing the frets, buffing the finish if necessary, cleaning the fingerboard and bridge, polishing and carefully repacking every guitar, every time, so that we know you are getting a guitar that will play the best right out of the box. Wechter includes a limited lifetime warranty with the Pathmaker Acoustic-Electric Guitar.

    Features

    • Spruce top
    • Lacewood back and sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Patented double-cutaway design
    • 19 frets clear of the body
    • Hand-scalloped bracing
    • Thin, natural finish
    • Arched top and back
    • Tortoiseshell binding and abalone trim
    • Natural bone nut and saddle
    • Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
    • Reinforced adjustable truss-rod
    • Die-cast chrome tuners
    • Bound top, back, neck, and fingerboard
    • Final set up and electronics installation in USA
    • Super heavy-duty padded gig bag included

    Rocks like it's an electric with the purest acoustic voice possible. Order now.

     

    Pathmaker Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
    • Width at Nut: 1.715"
    • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    • Number Of Frets Total: 22
    • String Spacing At Bridge: 2-1/8"
    • Body Depth At Heel: 4"
    • Body Depth At Tailblock: 4-1/2"
    • Body Width: 15-7/16"
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    a live wizard

    By wechtermongoose

    from Tucson AZ

    I purchased this guitar two years ago for live playing. The smaller body, flexible electronics were big plusses. Now, two years in, here is what you need to know.- This guitar is made to be played live, plugged in. I play different guitars jamming or on the couch.- The action came set up lower/better than any other acoustic I have ever played, including pro setups. I've never made an adjustment. It comes with D'Addario lights, which work better than others I have tried. - The look of the double cutaway will grow on you, and a custom pickguard from terrapin really put behind me any concerns about looks.- The sound is more than anything balanced. Not lots of character... pleasingly balanced, lending itself to amplification.- This will blow your mind. I recently upgraded the magnetic pickup to a L.R.Baggs M1 passive. As easy as unplugging an 1/8" jack and plugging the next in to the onboard Artec preamp. Seriously 3 minutes. It is ASTOUNDING in combination with the mic and the piezo, through a L.R.Baggs Para DI. Think Taylor expression system good. I love this guitar.

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    5.0

    Amazing Guitar, good price

    By Frosty_Legacy

    from Virginia

    I just got thing guitar today and i am very happy with it. The natural wood finish is beautiful, along with the accent around the edges just adds to the beauty. After tuning it up, it played great straight out of the box and i haven't put it down since. The acoustic sound alone is very good, but the three pickup system is amazing. It gives you a huge variety of sounds through the amp. This is a great quality acoustic-electric guitar for a decent price. Buy this guitar!

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    5.0

    Simply, A Great Guitar

    By TheMinstrel

    from Moorefield, WV

    I've had my Pathmaker for a year & a half, & I have to say I couldn't be happier with it. It sounds great, plays great, & looks great. I perform a solo acoustic act & get nothing but compliments on every front. You can spend more money on other guitars, but you won't find many that sound better. If you buy it, you'll find that you spent your money well.

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    5.0

    Professional

    By studio

    from Illinois

    Three pickup system! Bridge,Mic,pickup.Plugged in this guitar sings, sustains very well.Good for Andy Mckee,Tommy Emmanuel type stuff!The neck is much like an Ibanez electric,this is not a your every day "kills my hands" acoustic. I got it, didnt have to touch a thing,tuned it and was ready to go. The double cutaway allows access to all the frets up the neck. Tone,intonation right on target. Frets are smooth as glass, flat neck,no sharp edges (PLECKED!). Has a 1/4 inch and XLR jack. Beautifull guitar to look at, shell binding with abalone inlays. Fret markers are cool too...just enough to be unique. Headstock shape sets off the axe. This thing plays like a professionally setup electic guitar. My hands are averaged size and I can fly. Great for DI also.

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    5.0

    Shine

    By dgstjohn

    from Greenwood, MS

    This is a wonderful guitar. The $$'s, the quality, the value, the feature's are all great. But the best thing about this guitar is the backup from the company. After a couple of years I needed an adjustment. Communicating with the company, Abe Wechter himself, and the people that backup this instrument was simple. This is a great instrument with some great people behind it.

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    5.0

    Awesome Guitar !!

    By Buddy Husted

    from Lockbourne, OH

    This is an Awesome Guitar! I own several other name brand Guitars that cost three to four times as much and this little beauty has no problem keeping up.This is one of those guitars that when you start playing,it is very hard to put back down.The first day I received it I tuned it in and four hours later none stop my fingers where still feeling great.This guitar plays as well as my strat's and Les Paul if that helps.I am useing my little Marshall A.S.50 R. Acoustic Amp and this guitar Rocks.I am planing on buying one more as my son and I are fighting over who is going to get to have time with her.Buy it!

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    5.0

    Excellent Instument

    By Memphis Mick

    from Austin, Texas

    I have had this guitar for about a year and have no complaints. The three pickup system helps in different live situations. I used to always mic and use the piezo for my other acoustics, but now I only need one hook-up. Here's something I do that the long neck access gives you: I do different tunings and capoings, so I have the guitar tuned a whole step lower (D instead of E), which lets me use heavier strings and capo at the second fret (now E, and the dots are in mostly the correct positions) or higher (still giving me quite a bit of neck to play). So more keys, tones and room than possibly any other acoustic.

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    5.0

    Killer Guitar

    By TracerTech57

    from Hawaii

    I own both a Taylor and Epiphone A/E guitar, and this Wechter Pathmaker sounds as good as my high priced Taylor plugged in. Unplugged it sounds okay, but not as rich of a tone as my Taylor. This is probably due to the fact that it does not have a solid spruce top like the Taylor. This guitar is great for gigs on the road because of the sounds you can get with the 3 pick-up system. It looks great, sounds great, at a good price. Killer Guitar!!! Buy It!!

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    5.0

    A great guitar for the price!

    By Zeewilly

    from Massachusetts

    This is a great guitar! It is very versatile, with piezzo and bridge pickups along with a sound-hold microphone. I play this guitar several times a week both for practice and on stage, and it has never let me down. I especially love the long slim mahogany neck and full body. It has beautiful rich tone and beats my Ovation Balladeer in all respects. It's definitely worth the price.

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    5.0

    Dink

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Great little guitar for the price. Looks a lot better in real life than the pictures. When it came, it had a little bit of string buzz on the lower 3 strings up to the 6th fret, but after a couple of days under tension (it ships with the strings loosened) most of that has gone away. I still plan to have it adjusted, but it plays great plugged in and unplugged. The electronics in this thing are amazing. It needs a strap button, and you should go to the Wechter web page for instructions on how to have it installed. All in all,well worth the price.

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