The Redwood RS1 beginner's electric guitar is an excellent introduction to the world of guitar playing. Thanks to the lightweight, ergonomically designed, double-cutaway body profile, the slender yet accommodating neck, versatile pickup and electronics' arrangement, and resilient hardware, this is an affordable model that punches well above its weight.
Lightweight and Comfortable Body Shape
As previously noted, the body has been ergonomically designed with shapely contours that allow it to rest snugly as you play, guaranteeing a comfortable playing position for everyone. The body is built using lightweight basswood, which provides a fat but well-balanced tonality. The midrange has plenty of clout, but is tempered by a subtle breathiness that ensures highs and lows are nicely rounded. Thanks to the basswood's power, the body yields a wide dynamic range. The lower bout beneath the pickups is protected from nicks and scrapes by a 3-play white pickguard, which also compliments the gloss sunburst finish nicely.
Slender, Easy to Navigate Neck
Fitted to the body is a bolt-on maple neck, shaped to a comfortable to grip "C" shape neck. Maple has the enviable properties of being both supple - great for sustain - as well as firm, which provides a secure feel in the hand - great for boosting your confidence in its ability to perform well. Paired with the neck is a sonokelin fingerboard, home to 22-frets that are adorned with white dot position inlays that aid you as you navigate the fingerboard.
Versatile Pickup Arrangement
The Redwood RS1 is fitted with three Wilkinson single-coil pickups in the neck, middle, and bridge positions respectively. A 5-way pickup switch allows you to select pickups individually, or create subtle blends of two or three at a time - depending on the tone you desire. The range of tonal options on offer means that no matter what genre or style of music you're playing, you can readily extract the perfect sound with ease. Using the master volume and two tone pots to sculpt your output exactly as you wish.
Fitted to the body is a single-direction tremolo in the bridge, which allows you to infuse subtle vibrato into your playing. The bridge provides a seamless connection between the strings and body for an anchored playing feel. The tuning machines uphold tuning integrity, whilst working with the nut to maintain string tension and tuning stability.
Beginners will find the Redwood RS1 is an excellent choice as a first full-size electric guitar, making learning guitar accessible for any age group. This well designed instrument is very versatile, and allows you to play a range of musical styles from Jazz and Funk, to Rock and Metal. Wherever your musical inspiration comes from, the Redwood RS1 electric guitar is a fantastic stepping stone on the path to stardom.
Manufacturer Redwood Model RS1 Beginners Electric Guitar Body Material Basswood Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Sonokelin Pickup Configuration SSS Bridge Tremolo Neck Profile C Shape No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays White Dot Pickguard 3-Ply White Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage Steel Active/Passive Passive Pickups Wilkinson Single Coils Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup Position 3. Middle Pickup Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup Position 5. Neck Pickup Finish Sunburst
- Customer Reviews
- Not what you'd expect, even at this price
Out of the box it appears to be quite well set-up (you of course have to slacken the trem as it has been wound in to prevent movement during transit) and you can get a tune out of it quite quickly - unless of course you actually want to use the trem.
First off the trem appears to be quite stiff, but when you press it a bit harder you get strange sproinging noises and the guitar just goes straight out of tune.
What I found causing this is that the back cavity has been routed for a different type of trem unit (one which has a slightly longer block). With the trem unit actually installed the springs rest against the wood of the body and when you use the trem the coils of the spring catch on the side of the trem hole locking the trem unit in the wrong position (if you pull back on the trem you can realign the unit but this shouldn't be necessary, even on a cheap Chinese guitar).
As I have actually built my own electric guitars I am quite happy to do a bit of woodwork to resolve this issue, but this really isn't what you would expect a beginner to have to cope with.
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