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Wechter Guitars Pathmaker Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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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

    Think – and play differently with this one-of-a-kind guitar. Order yours today!

     
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    4.7

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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 years...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

    I sold mine, now I'm PISSED !

    By Jimmy Limo

    from Weed, CA

    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 !)...

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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.

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    4.0

    The best kept secret in great guitars.

    By KJ

    from Three Rivers, MI

    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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    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!

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    5.0

    Wechter delivered just as advertised

    By guitarman1963

    from Kentucky

    With the fan-shaped scalloped struts on the belly of my hand-crafted Hascal Haile acoustic axes, it was amplified only by mic placement and fighting with feedback. Abe has given me flexibility now to take Ole' Blue Pathmaker anywhere.I needed a replacement partin a hurry in Oct 07 before China concerts. Abe managed to get the part to me in time for my trip. You should have seen the looks on their faces when the Chinese heard clearly my finely crafted blue Pathmaker acoustic. Mr Haile, long deceased luthier, will spin in his grave, I guess. Great job, Abe. And Great Service, too.

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    5.0

    Wechter Pathfinder acoustic, blue color

    By jcdavid5

    from Seattle area

    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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    5.0

    Not the neck for me

    By George-0KON6

    from prescott, AZ

    Received my Wechter Pathmaker in black and overall the quality and acoustic sound are very good. The finish was flawless and the hardware and fret work excellent. I was very pleased with the acoustic sound and it seemed loud enough to play alone or in small venues without problem. I just did not like the neck--it is very strat like with a similiar radius but with a higher action--the website said 5/64ths at the 12th fret high E and that's exactly what it was. Ok for strumming and so forth but not for any type of jazz playing--at least not for me. Overall a great guitar with looks and features but the neck was not for me and I sent it back. I could describe it best as a strat neck with high action and heavy strings which I just couldn't get used to.

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    4.0

    Nice but a skinny neck

    By Old dude-O16RW

    from fairborn, OH

    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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