Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Hohner GM-750S Grand Auditorium

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Hohner GM-750S Grand Auditorium

Article excerpt

A striking acoustic-electric that's easy on the eyes, ears, fingertips, and pocketbook

The Hohner name goes back further than just about every musical-instrument manufacturer extant today-all the way to 1857, when Matthias Hohner, his wife, and one employee started cranking out harmonicas at the rate of 650 per year. After going on to dominate the harmonica and accordion realms for many moons, Hohner branched into drums, cymbals, and guitars in 1986. From its latest NAMM showing-where Hohner electrics and acoustics appeared in more hip-featured varieties than ever-the company seems to be putting greater emphasis on six-strings than at any time in its history. For evidence, check out the GM-750S.

CONSTRUCTION PANACHE FOR MINIMAL CASH

Although the body lines of the Chinese-made GM-750S pay subtle tribute to Taylor Guitars' grand-auditorium designs, it keeps things unique with an uncommon wood complement (figured maple-laminate sides and back and a solid spruce top), a colorful abalone wedge logo and top binding, and attractive triple-diamond fretboard inlays.

Inside, the craftsmanship was neat, clean, and practically perfect.

Outside, my only niggles were mostly inconsequential. The lovely two-piece back had minor finish rippling near the neck joint, and there was some space (enough to insert the edge of a piece of office paper) between the nut and the fretboard, as well as several lifting fret ends. Mind you, this wasn't discernible by touch-nor were there any sonic drawbacks-but worrywarts might want a luthier to tamp the fret ends down to avoid potential problems.

PLAY DELICATELY OR WITH GUSTO

The Hohner struck a fine balance between beauty and brawn. Finger-picked finessing yielded honey-sweet tones full of vibrant trebles that blended wonderfully with mellow mids and a full low-end that was never boomy. Lean into it with a flatpick and the Hohner takes it with equal aplomb. …

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