A gorgeous and sweet-toned hollowbody, it features a spruce top, maple back and sides, and the George Benson neck shape. Its George Benson Special pickups are designed specifically for hollowbody guit... Read More
A gorgeous and sweet-toned hollowbody, it features a spruce top, maple back and sides, and the George Benson neck shape. Its George Benson Special pickups are designed specifically for hollowbody guitars played at high volume. Ebony fretboard and bridge. Medium frets for easier note bending. Headstock and fretboard inlays dress it up for showtime and its distinctive tailpiece tops off the package.
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I wanted a GB in the late 70's when Benson was making it big with Weekend in L.A.. But I was a poor college student. I never suspected that , in addition to that sentimental attachement to the GB, it would also turn out to be a really great instrument. I like it better everytime I play it. Not only does it give me that classic jazz box sound, but it is far less costly and more playable than the Gibsons. More playable, because it has a smaller footprint, and the neck is perfect. I'm not a bulky neck guy. It gets in the way of chords and using my thumb on the 6th string. These guitars have gone up dramatically in the past 10 years- about 50%, and I was lucky to get mine when it was less than $2500. But, I'd pay a lot more for it now that I know how indespensible it is to my guitar life. You won't be disappointed if you like classic sound, design, and the best neck I've ever played.
I have been playing my GB10 for about a month and I love this guitar. I play as a hobby, my interest is jazz, and I prefer a finger picking style. I had a problem with my previous hollow body sounding dull with flat wound strings and a tendency to be very bassy causing feed back problems. The GB10 solved all of that. It had the features I most wanted - maple body, spruce top, ebony fretboard and floating pick ups. I set it up with D'Addario ECG24 jazz light strings. The articulation on this guitar is incredible. The neck pick up renders the warm woody tone you expect from a jazz guitar. In combination with the bridge pick up you can brighten the tone although I would not use the bridge pick up alone. The highs, mids and lows are very well balanced. It is surprisingly heavy for a hollow body but it lets you know you are holding a quality instrument. The size is very comfortable and the fretboard has an amazing quality feel. The neck is what I call a flattened "C" shape. I find it easier to form those difficult chord positions and soloing is smooth and clear. The GB10 is a joy to play and well worth the investment.
I love my GB10. It has a sound, a fatness, that only a hollow body can deliver yet it's comfortable to play. It gets a little heavy standing with it for 3 sets. I can that a very smooth warm sound or a brighter sparkle tone. Combining the pickup and then pull out some of one or the other can provide some additional tonal versitality. I
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