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The Tim Armstrong Deluxe acoustic electric guitar is a more traditional take on Armstrong’s original '70s Fender acoustic, with a solid mahogany top, bone nut and saddle, dot fingerboard inlays and Fishman® Neo-D soundhole pickup with end-pin jack (just like Armstrong’s modded guitar). Includes great accessories — an embossed leather "Let’s Go" strap and a deluxe textured vinyl-covered case with gold interior — all designed by the man himself.
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Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Deluxe Acoustic Electric Guitar with Case:
I was very skeptical about this guitar until I got my hands on it. I've been a big fan of Tim Armstrong since the Op Ivy days. So, I was going to get the Hellcat, but my buddy at the guitar shop advised me to check this out before making my decision. Based on the specs alone, I opted to spend a little more. I'm emphatically glad that I did.
My first reaction was a realization that the pictures do not do this beauty any favors. The matte finish on a gorgeous, well-grained, solid piece of monogamy struck a visual chord that harmonised with the gold plush interior of the case. I was enamored right out of the gate.
It had a great action right out of the box and felt more like an electric on the neck, though it did need a slight adjustment due to an occasional buzz on the second fret of the a string.
Unplugged, it is a great campfire/practice/on-the-go instrument. The mahogany top lends a great low-end response that suits me very well, as I've played the bass most of my life. It's better than your standard beginner's guitar, but don't expect to be blown away. Still, for the price range, it's worth the money already.
Now, plug it in, and you have something sounding more like a hollow-body, due to the Fishman mag pick-up. The low-end kind of drops off a little bit, but the highs and mids sound very clear when I plug into my little Fender tube amp. I opted for a strap-mounted Fishman preamp; it was inexpensive, and it allowed me to control my volume without having to put my face in the speaker. Also, I got back all the low-end that I had lost. With a little tube distortion, this relatively cheap guitar can rock out in true Timebomb fashion. I love it.
That being said, there are a few minor things that irked me. The most glaring thing was that the strap it comes with does not fit around the pin, owning to the fact that it's larger to accommodate for the jack. But hey, free strap! I cut away a very small amount of leather on that end of the strap and we're right as rain.
I am not entirely happy with the case either. I'm picky like that. While it is a beautiful case that has taken well to the stickers I've attached in the four months I've owned it (the gold interior is a great artistic complement), I am slightly disappointed at how lacking the case is in padding. Like I said, these are just minor gripes. Just don't go throwing it down the stairs.
All that could be summed up with a big thanks to Fender and Tim for making a guitar that gives us so much without having to sacrifice our milk money for the year.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation warrants this Fender brand instrument to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for as long as it is owned by the original retail purchaser, except that pickups, switches, jacks, controls, all other electronic components, tuning machines, hardware, pickguards, plated surfaces, gig bags, cases and case hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. This warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Fender Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL SALES RECEIPT, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE VALIDATING THIS LIMITED WARRANTY.