ManneDesign DFM-CE Natural
ManneDesign DFM -CE is an acoustic guitar with cutaway. It's equipped with a Fishman Isys preamp Pro and the guitar can be connected directly to external power amplifiers and mixers for larger concerts.
Its solid spruce top offers a voluminous, wiry sound character in interaction with the back and sides made of mahogany. When the guitar is played unamplified, the result is very harmonious, a balanced sound with moderate volume and balanced presence. The frequency spectrum of the instrument is perfectly matched. Neither bass nor treble are pronounced, which makes for a very cohesive sound of the guitar. For open chords each note is differentiated very clearly. This benefited the sound of the long-lasting vibration behavior of the body, which becomes noticeable when playing solo and fingerstyle. For the accompaniment with vocals, other stringed instruments and quieter percussion the volume is sufficient. For larger ensembles or bands the guitar should be connected to an amplifier. For this, it is equipped with a professional Fishman Isys Pro preamp. This is powered by a 9V battery which comes included, and has a simple 2-band EQ.
Testing with an AER Compact 60 amplifier and the settings of bass and treble in the neutral position, the guitars amplified sound offers a rich mid-range and quite a pronounced treble. The bass range is airy and uncluttered.
About the EQ, the sound can be easily and effectively individualized. The instrument emphasis on the lower bass when lightly played - optimal setting for fingerstyle and jazz styles. Even with the accented bass the sound doesn't tend to topple into the "Dull". The fundamental harmonic character of the instrument remains always audible even with major changes done to the EQ. Very good: The preamplifier has a chromatic tuner with LED display. In addition, it is equipped with a knob for phase reversal, amplifier operation can be avoided with the feedback and hum loops when playing loud.
The playability of the guitar is very good thanks to their generous cutaways up to higher positions. Profile and profile of the painted neck are optimal and give the hand a very good grip .
Material quality and workmanship give no cause for criticism. All parts fits cleanly and the paint job is executed very exactly. The Heribone bindings give the guitar a noble look, the pickguard prevents playing scratches on the solid spruce top. Special praise for the battery pocket, which is easily accessible and make a quick and easy change of the battery possible. The guitar is delivered with a sturdy hardcase.
Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
Top: solid spruce
Back and sides of solid mahogany
Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
One-piece mahogany neck
Heribone / maple Binding
Fishman Isys preamp Pro
2-band EQ ( bass, treble )