Beautifully crafted acoustics for the discerning guitar player
NAMM 2016 is the best day ever for musicians, especially guitarists, as announcements about new products really get us going. Fender have never been a brand to disappoint and this year is no exception. With the announcement of their new Paramount series of acoustics, the musical heavyweights have propelled themselves into the upper echelons of 6 strings yet again.
As the NAMM announcements come in thick and fast, we’re struggling to come to terms with just how awesome these Paramount acoustics look – here are 3 models to drool over.
Fender PM-1 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
The new PM-1 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar from Fender’s new Paramount series features a selection of carefully chosen tonewoods that create a superior sound and projection compared to other guitars of a similar (and higher) price bracket. This new dreadnaught body has been crafted with a solid spruce top whilst the back and sides have been constructed with a rich rosewood. Not only does this combination of wood create a gorgeous full bodied tone, but it looks amazing as well!
The mahogany neck has been constructed with the very comfortable “C” profile and finished off with a rosewood 20 fret fingerboard and mop inlays.
Another fantastic addition to the new Fender Paramount PM-1 is the Fishman Paramount preamp. This preamp allows the player to tweak the tones and resonance of the guitar through their chosen amplifier and offers a bass and treble EQ for more control. The built in tuner and phase switch also help to reduce any problems whilst playing on stage and recording too – no more fumbling with a separate tuner or unwanted feedback!
It’s also available in a deluxe version too, if you’re feeling fancy.
Fender PM-2 Deluxe Parlour Acoustic Guitar
As far as Parlour acoustic guitars go, you’ll be lucky to find one that looks as beautiful and plays as well as this one. The finish on this Fender PM-2 Deluxe Parlour Acoustic Guitar will surely turn heads and appeal to the most affluent of musical palettes/guitar aficionados. Yep we think it’s THAT good! Pictured here in Vintage Sunburst, the PM-2 is a smaller and more compact option for those who want a travel size guitar without sacrificing tone or opting for a 3/4 model.
The increasingly popular shape of the Parlour guitar has encouraged Fender to weigh in with their version for 2016, and the results do not disappoint. The solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides work in unison to project a full bodied and versatile tone, ideal for all styles of music.
The decorative 1960s checkerboard pattern used for purfling and soundhole rosette are a striking yet elegant addition to an already great looking guitar, whilst the 60s style mop/abalone concert tone inlays finish the ebony 19 fret fingerboard nicely. For those who don’t want all the fancy bells and whistles, there’s a standard version too.
Again, Fender have opted to install the bespoke Fishman Paramount preamp for superior control of your sound when plugged in as well as a tuner and phase control. Each model also comes with a deluxe hardcase and humidifier.
Available in Natural and Vintage Sunburst (pictured).
Fender PM-3 Deluxe Triple 0 Acoustic
Here we have the Fender PM-3 Deluxe Triple 0 Acoustic. With its Orchestra cutaway body design, this new Acoustic from the paramount series offers a compact feel but still maintains that huge resonance you need due to the solid spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides.
The Ebony fingerboard complete with 20 frets and fast “C” profile neck offers a comfortable and fatigue reducing performance whilst the mop / abalone concert tone inlays offer that special 1960s feel.
The ebony bridge, compensated bone saddle, open back nickel tuners and gorgeous tortoiseshell pickguard really complement the natural finish on this beautiful guitar.
The orchestra profile cutaway on this all solid-construction guitar makes it perfect for fingerstyle guitarists or those who want the option of hitting the higher registers quickly and easily. As with all the acoustics in the Paramount series the Paramount preamp powered by Fishman electronics ensures you have a greater control over your sound when hooked up to any amp. The phase switch and onboard tuner is also extremely useful for the musician who needs a professional grade guitar that works well in a live circuit.
There are many, many other guitars in the new Fender paramount acoustic range to explore, so don’t forget to check out the full selection, accompanied by all the technical specifications and prices, on the Dawsons website.
About Lee Glynn
Lee Glynn is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Liverpool, England. After moving to the UK from Perth, Australia, Lee enjoyed a successful career as guitarist in Liverpool based rock band Sound of Guns.
After releasing two albums, a myriad of EP’s/singles and touring extensively around the world for 6 years including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, as well as the coveted Reading & Leeds Festivals, Lee decided it was a time for a change of scenery.
Utilising his experience in music journalism, Lee now works within the web team at Dawsons Music, where he can still relay his passion for music by producing great content for the Dawsons blog and social media. Lee is still an avid guitar player and writer.
Here are some fun facts:
- Before moving to the UK, Lee used to host a radio show in Australia at the age of 18. Lee presented the unsigned bands segment at Twin Cities FM in Perth, WA.
- Sound Of Guns enjoyed a short but successful career in music with many of their songs being used in television adverts, sports channels and the extremely successful videos Road Bike Party and We are Not Crazy We are Amazing.
- He also can’t play bar chords due to an accident so learned to play power chords by studying Black Sabbath songs and Tony Iommi’s playing style.