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|Review: My ERG Yaakov Hoter Model Oval Gypsy Jazz guitar
Last year, ERG Guitars contacted me about an endorsement. I was pleased and honoured, and they said they’d send me a guitar made to my specifications. I’m no technical expert when it comes to guitars, I tend to work with what I’ve got and generally believe you can make any guitar sound good if you have the feel in your hands. So bracing, woods, neck shape, fretboard radius etc are not that important to me. I sent them some basic specs – eg the last few GJ guitars I’ve owned have maple back and sides so I wanted a change to rosewood, and i think a matte finish interferes with the tone less than high gloss – and in December it arrived.
So – sound. In the last month I’ve done a run of gigs and a couple of festivals – Woodford Folk Festival, Music By The Sea Festival in Sandgate. During this time the guitar has opened up. It’s got louder, sweeter, edgier, warmer and more responsive to the point where I now feel this is the finest gypsy jazz guitar I’ve owned and I can’t wait for my daily practice time. There are no dead spots on the fretboard and that familiar yet hard to define ring comes through loud and clear. I’m drawn to playing Moreno melodies on this thing, it’s got that much tone. It cuts through a djam easily when soloing, and has a beautiful low mid push when pomping, subtle but insistent. I feel that my playing has benefited from playing the ERG, I hear what I’m looking for easier and feel the dynamics of the instrument clearly.
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