Eric Joseph Guitar Review

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Eric Joseph Guitar Closeup

Eric Joseph Guitar CloseupBecause I feel like my natural personality really flourishes by the powers of text I’m following this video review up with a text summary.  The guitar is a hand-built Eric Joseph Nigerian Movingui on Yellowheart.  The neck is hand-carved of Mexican granadillo with a matching granadillo fretboard.  The frets are medium jumbo nickel silver and are complimented with a bone nut.

The gold hardware is very complimentary to the natural hue of the wood.  The strings are tethered down with a Tune-O-Matic bridge and Wilkinson tuners.  Both pickups are Seymour Duncan humbuckers, the bridge being an SH-PG1 Pearly Gates and the neck being an SH-1 59.  Within the neck is a Hot Rod double-action truss rod, and the guitar has a penetrating tung oil and carnauba wax finish.  The guitar weighs 8 lbs. 6 oz, and comes with a Gator brand hardshell case.

The neck of the guitar took a mere matter of minutes go get used to and the more I played on it the more I loved it.  The neck has a very smooth, very comfortable shape to it that probably felt more natural than any other guitar I’d played.  And no, I’m not just buttering things up.  This guitar is incredible. A well built neck is something to behold and Eric Joseph knows what he’s doing.  I don’t know what it is but there’s something satisfying about bending and sliding around on the strings across this neck.

I’d spent a good few hours playing around with all sorts of different effects, distortions, and overdrives and the overall consensus was it I enjoyed the neck position with anywhere from delicate overdrives to thick distortions compared to the bridge pickup which I preferred mostly just overdriven.

The only authentic complaint I could think of was a gripe about the location of the strap buttons.  It’s on the topside of the guitar and when standing the strap is in a position apt to peel off, so I’d recommend switching to strap-locks off the bat unless you always sit.  To be fair all of my straps are worn out around the opening, so I didn’t have the resources to test with a brand new, still durable strap.

Eric Joseph Guitar HeadstockBut considering that’s the worst thing I could spot on this guitar that’s passing in flying colors.  It’s a beautifully crafted, very comfortable guitar and considering it costs $1195.00 that’s all the more enticing.  A lot of household name brand guitars off the factory line cost $1200, like my Gibson SG for example.  There isn’t one aspect of this guitar I didn’t prefer to my SG.  Sorry, Gibson, but Eric Joseph’s made a believer out of me.

Rating: ★★★★★ – Comfort – 5

Rating: ★★★★½ – Tone – 4.5

Rating: ★★★★★ – Quality – 5

Rating: ★★★★★ – Build – 4.75

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ – Fixed My Crummy Sense of Rhythm – 0

Rating: ★★★★★ – Overall 4.81

If you’re looking to get this guitar or a similar one from Eric Joseph, you can find info on that plus all of his other fine creations, right here:

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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