Vintage VTE800N Viaten Paul Brett Tenor Acoustic, Natural
The 'Viaten' is a compact Tenor guitar, ideal for the musician looking to expand their repertoire and playing styles. A solid spruce top is mated to sapele back and sides for strident tone and deep sustain, and the 'Viaten' comes complete with a luxurious padded Vintage® guitar bag.The sapele back and sides and spruce top give it a rich and bright sound, ideal for fingerstyle and strumming. The binding and rosette are incredibly attractive as well, drawing on Paul Brett's experience and taste.
Tenor guitars are normally tuned in fifths (C,G,D,A, for example) and are ideal for folk and country styles.
- Back Sapele
- Sides Sapele
- Top Solid Spruce
- Binding Rosewood/ Maple
- Neck Mahogany
- Frets 18
- Headstock Rosewood
- Bridge Sonokeling
- Machine Heads Open gear
- Hardware Colour Chrome
- Strings High quality USA made
- Includes Carry Case
Generally a well-made guitar. Nice fretwork with no sharp ends and all the body construction is very tidy, with no signs of excess glue in the interior. Despite its diminutive size, the scale length is 22", so just slightly shorter than the more normal 23" tenor scale length. The sound is obviously mainly middle and top, with not a huge amount of bass, but then that's not why you buy a small guitar like this. It's pretty loud and the sound will cut through if you are playing along with other instruments. The action as it came was on the high side, and I've had to both cut the nut slots deeper and sand down the saddle by a couple of mm to get something nearer to what I prefer. I'll probably have another go when I change the strings.There's no adjustable truss-rod for the neck, but the overall neck relief seems fine. The only real down-side that I've found is that the tuner holes have pretty sharp edges. The open-geared tuners themselves are smooth and tight with almost no play, and they do a good job of making it an easy to tune instrument. But the sharp edges to the holes meant that I initially broke two top A strings (the original string set was used only for setting up purposes as there were signs of corrosion on some strings). Lucky I have a large number of spare 0.010"s! The top A, a 0.010" string, has more tension on it than on a standard guitar; approximately the equivalent of tuning a guitar E string to F#. So if the tuner holes have rough/sharp edges, then it doesn't take much for the string to break at that point. I've now filed and sanded the edges, and so far, so good. But I may swap out the tuners if I break any more top A strings. Overall a nice little instrument, and I've had a lot of fun playing with it. But be prepared to do some work on it to get a decent action.
Very nice tenor guitar,well made and sounds fantastic,great size for Travel,good value for money.
Will require some setting up for action etc but ok for price