I'm incredible proud to be the owner of a Farida A62CE acoustic guitar and thought I'd share with you all about it!
I began travelling and touring with my last acoustic about two years ago, and what can I say? I've carted it along to a wide range of events scaling from coffee shops to large outdoor festivals. It's been a journey.
The guitar cost about £600 on sale - a midrange model from a leading acoustic manufacturer. She's served me well but I've always struggled with the way she performs 'plugged in'. I wasn't able to get enough good guitar in that price-range with a built-in pick-up so I had to add one. I've had consistent problems with level, tone and rogue signal interference from lights, passing cabs etc. (Happy sound-check everyone).
So I went along to Dawsons Music hoping, (praying) that the guitar would be suitable. After a quick chat to the dealer I was handed the A62ce. First impressions? Very good indeed. The finish and attention to aesthetic detail is seductive. It's lightweight cutaway shape fits under my arm like a glove and gives me immediate confidence. Like most singer-songwriters I want the guitar to feel like a part of me, so the compactness is very appealing. The gleaming gold machine heads and single-piece mahogany back give it that expensive look and feel. My fingers remained crossed for the more important matter of it's sound…
My style of playing is mixed. I do some rhythmical picking and hitting the strings so it's key that a guitar can handle that and capture the sounds. I don't often use a pick but occasionally grab one and strum my way through a band set too. On first play the guitar seemed good, (difficult to tell in a busy music shop), but the action felt good and my eyes are still glinting at the exterior. After a plugged in trial I was convinced. This was a heck of lot of fine guitar at a totally reasonable price.
I guess the real test came a few days later though. I'd been playing it at home and getting acquainted. No complaints about it's acoustic performance. But I'd never used a dual onboard pick-up before.
My next gig was the perfect litmus test, a small, free-standing theatre with a vintage PA system. A dry room which exposes every nuance in your singing and playing. The Farida totally held it's own. I was amazed how full and warm the tones were through 'loved to death' equipment. The low frequencies carried solidly but the top end still sparkled. If you're playing acoustic sets the last thing you want is to feel like your band (the guitar) is hanging you out to dry. My 'band' was all there in this case. The sound filled the room but left space for my voice.
I was also, very impressed with the onboard EQ, notch and phase features. The luxury of being able to notch out any troublesome frequencies gives you extra control and assurance in your ever-changing work-place! The sophisticated features on the Farida mean that I can help out the sound-guy and have a more enjoyable gig. The luxury of the built-in tuner is a total Godsend too. Less to carry, and less to consider on stage.
I've been playing her ever since! If I had to describe her as a woman, she's like an elegant lady with values and generations of good breeding. She's got taste and she keeps her word. It's hard to believe she comes from such a young brand because she sounds like generations of quality.