With a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back & sides the Merida T-35CJCES lives up to the name of the series of which it is a part, Trajan. Entitled after one of the most exalted Roman emperors in history, the aim of the guitar is to be both powerful and dominant, which it achieves unflinchingly.
The body of the Merida Trajan T35CJCES Electro Classical is beautifully contoured and features a cutaway design, to give easy access to the upper frets. An arm scarf makes the guitar more comfortable to play when you have your arm leaning on the side of the body, by providing a cut out of the body at just the right angle and in the right place.
Solid spruce has been chosen for the top of the Merida Trajan T 35CJCES for its projection and bright, clear sound. The solid mahogany used for the back & sides adds even more projection, along with bringing extra attention to the guitar’s mid-range. Continuing the excellent choices of wood, the guitar has been supplied with a mahogany neck, topped by a pau ferro fingerboard.
Elegant but strong the Merida Trajan T-35CJCES has a massive, unapologetic character. Equipped with Fishman OEM ISY-201 electronics the guitar not only gives you the option of hooking up to an amp but also offers a number of onboard controls. Alongside the contour and phase switches and volume rotary knob, is a built-in tuner with LED display.
Matching the quality materials and construction of the rest of the guitar, the Merida Trajan T-35CJCES Guitar features Der Jung tuners. Adding to the integrity of the tuning are the machine heads crafted by premier, and long-serving, tuner-manufacturer, Der Jung.
Manufacturer Trajan Model T-35CJCES Electro Classical Guitar Body Style Classical Guitar Size Full Colour Natural Top Material Solid Spruce Back & Side Material Solid Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Pau Ferro Number of Strings 6 Tuning Machines Der Jung; Open-Gear Special Electronics Fishman OEM ISY-201
I just wish they'd done better with the electronics. The tuner is just about adequate compared with the excellent one I had on my much cheaper Takamine guitar. But worse than that, it has no automatic shut down on the battery. So every time I put a 9 volt battery in, it is dead within the week. And if I remove it, the battery housing sometimes buzzes along with my playing. Even with that, I wouldn't swap this guitar for anything! Maybe I could swap with the Takamine's electronics which I still have.
Guitar: Ive been playing since 93 mostly electric and owned Gibson, Fender and numerous others, a couple of classical included. Recently in the market to pick up a Classical so took a bit of time to look at the current technologies and offerings out there. I do appreciate good quality and I am quite technical setting up and tweaking my own guitars (fret jobs / electrics) so I consider I'm pretty clued up to spot a good quality guitar.
To start with I checked the guitar from top to bottom for any imperfections in finish and set up of which I found none. Marida I would say have very good QC..... Some nice features are the Machine Head and the bevelled arm rest which really do help the model and brand stand out.
Sound wise the guitar is relatively lively and really is a pleasure to play unplugged with reasonable balance over the strings. I have installed Extra High tension to give a little more resistance and bite. What I did notice was the graphtec tusk bridge and nut are both non glued. This I would consider a plus as you can easily swap or adjust to get it just right but be careful that they are seated correctly on re stringing.
The neck is kind of a flat D profile which actually feels very nice and easy on the hand and the wide string spacing helps with the clean notes. Frets are well leveled and dressed. The Rosette is a little different and may be considered a little plain however the binding and fine lines are all over and top notch.
The Pre amp seams a little basic (Fishman OEM) without the usual BMT adjustment but does include a tuner and contour and phase button. It is however under the bridge pup so if you prefer the internal sound you may wish to change this. On initial plug in I found the Bass strings a little over loud compared to the non wound strings. This may just be dead strings????
I also have a Yamaha NXT700 which has System61 2way A.R.T which means that there are effectively 2 pups one bass and one treble area within the body. If Marida took this approach then it would be awesome as it allows blending and balancing the bass and treble. The NXT700 is not nearly as classical feeling as the Marida T35 and to me I would go for the T35 as you can always upgrade the electrics on the basis of a great feeling guitar.
I'm not a guru on classical guitars by any means however this purchase has been a great success and opened my mind up to another great way to play the guitar. Thanks Marida and Thanks Dawsons :)
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