Magazine article Guitar Player

Demont: Goldfinch AAA

Magazine article Guitar Player

Demont: Goldfinch AAA

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THE GOLDFINCH LOOKS AS IF IT WERE built by a crazed backwoods luthier with a thing for highly figured woods, and, well, birds (check out that feathered-friend pickguard). Designed by New Jersey artist Philip Samuel Smith and made in Chicago from local, Illinois-milled renewable woods, the Goldfinch's construction is wonky enough (imprecise pickguard cuts, imperfect body routs, raised control knobs, screwed-down metal headstock logo) to merit its "made by hand, one-at-a-time" vibe, but it's far from just a unique art piece from some roadside timbersmith. A few cosmetic issues aside, the Goldfinch is actually built to withstand road rigors like a world champ. All hardware is battened down, the neck is screwed in airlock tight, and the pickups don't rattle about. It took some getting used to the reversed, upside-down tuners, but otherwise, this guitar is a joy to play. The wide, satin-finished neck feels great in your hands, and the instrument's near gravity defying, feather-light weight certainly doesn't suck for long gigs and studio sessions. And though the Goldfinch can appear a bit rough-hewn, I appreciated the little "luxury" touches of rounded-nut edges and smooth fret ends. I could play this bird all day.

Rather than a 3-way selector, DeMont offers a Blend control to bounce between pickups. I initially thought I wouldn't dig the knob, but after playing with it, I found it to be delightful and capable of dialing in subtle tonal colors. …

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