Acoustic guitars come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes. Some are very bulky and large, while others are quite petite.
The size and shape of an acoustic guitar have dramatic effects on how the guitar will sound. Bigger bodies typically mean more volume and greater resonance. Smaller bodies offer tighter tones and greater overall fidelity but do so by giving up some projection and sustain.
Thinline acoustic guitars are more comfortable than standard-sized acoustics because they are not as thick. This makes them more akin to solid-body electric guitars in the way they rest against your body and feel in your hands.
And, RW Jameson Guitars has built a great acoustic-electric Thinline body guitar. Dedicated to performance, quality, and value, the company is a family run business making guitars for all types of players, and every kind of style.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee RW Jameson Guitars are 100% American-made, and they have made it their mission to provide quality guitars at prices anyone can afford. They are not a big company, and this is part of their secret. By keeping things within a tight-knit group, Jameson can focus on making great-sounding instruments.
One of their most popular creations is a full-size Thineline acoustic-electric guitar.
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RW Jameson Thinline Acoustic-Electric Guitar
One of the reasons why Jameson can offer a Thinline acoustic guitar at a very low price is because of their choice of wood used to make the body. Taking some cues from Yamaha and Epiphone, the company opted to build this Thinline guitar’s body using Nato wood.
Nato wood has recently become a popular choice for the body of acoustic guitars because it is plentiful and inexpensive. It is very similar to mahogany in terms of tone and color. And, is warm and rounded with good sustain and a rustic woody-ness in the resonance.
The top is made from spruce. Spruce is a very common choice for acoustic guitar tops. The reason for this is because of the properties of spruce.
Spruce is a tone enhancer and offers strong fundamentals. Guitar tops made from Spruce help add more definition to the tone from the wood used to make the body, i.e., the Nato. The tones are focused and colorful when a spruce top is used.
As mentioned, this guitar is a Thinline body which is 3-inches in thickness. By making the body thinner than standard acoustic guitars, the tone is brighter and more nuanced. The string response is crisp, the sound is lively, and there is still some good sustain.
The one main difference between Thinline bodies and full-size bodies is natural volume. The larger body acoustic guitars are understandably going to have more natural volume than a Thinline body.
What you give up in volume, you make up for with comfort and playability. Thinline acoustic guitars are easier to handle than full-size ones. This makes them a good fit for beginners and younger players.
This guitar features a single cutaway design that allows you great access to the higher frets. And, creamy white binding on the body adds to the stunning Blue Sunburst High-Gloss finish.
While on the subject of the stunning Blue color, if blue just isn’t your thing, not to worry. There are many color options from a more traditional natural or black, to much more vibrant and modern colors such as red, green, or even pink!
The Jameson Thinline acoustic-electric guitar has a neck made from solid maple. Maple necks are study and strong. The tone is very bright and offers good sustain and bite.
The neck is full-scale length, which is the same as on most solid-body electric guitars. This means you have an acoustic guitar that can hit the same high notes as an electric guitar. This translates into a greater range of harmonic potential.
The neck has also been contoured, making it feel very comfortable in your hand. The fretboard is made from rosewood. This helps to round out the maple neck’s brightness. With the same creamy white binding and blue gloss finish as the body, Jameson’s neck is smooth and fast.
The bridge is made from rosewood, which provides good tension and string stability.
And, it features die-cast closed tuners, so you don’t have to worry about them getting dirty. They will also stay in tune longer and have greater accuracy in the intonation.
The built-in pickup is Jameson’s own design and has graphic sliders for volume and tone control. This little pickup offers a lot of response. With the tone set flat, you will get ringing highs and mids plus full-bodied bass. Great balance and high-fidelity, the Jameson pickup is powerful and dynamic.
Both the volume and tone controls can be pushed by 15dB. This means you can make this guitar stand out in a mix or just as easily mellow the tone into a warm, jazzy feel.
Made with care in the Jameson Nashville factory, the PS-900 built-in pickup is just as powerful and responsive as any of the leading makers of acoustic guitar pickups.