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CONTENTS
Worldwide Magazine Reviews
Natura T550 Review by Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)
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Concorda CG2000CEQ Review by Australian Magazine (Australia)
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Concorda CG670TB Review by Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)
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Concorda CG600CE Review by Acoustic Magazine (UK)
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Concorda CS500CE Review by Guitar Magazine (Germany)
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Natura N730 Classical Nylon Review by Acoustic Magazine (UK)
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Natura N570: Votez vert! by Guitar Classique (France)
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Artist & Owner Reviews
Jonathan Lee interview by Violão Pro Magazine (Brazil)
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SupraNatura G3000
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Madera CD4040-CERT Review by Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)
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SupraNatura G2070
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Madera CD4040-CERT Review by Guitar Buyer Magazine (UK)
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SupraNatura G3030CEQ
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SupraNatura G3030CEQ Review by Guitar Club (Italy)
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SupraNatura G1070CEQ
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SupraNatura G3000: Belle naturelle by Guitar Unplugged (France)
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SupraNatura N2030
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SupraNatura G2070 by Akustik Gitarre (Germany)
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Natura G740CE
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SupraNatura D2040 by Australian Musician (Australia)
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Natura G730
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SupraNatura G1070CEQ Review by Guitar Ausgabe (Germany)
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Natura G630CE
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SupraNatura G1070 Review by Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)
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Natura G570 Family
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Natura G570 and Supra D1030 Review by Frets Magazine (USA)
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Natura D550
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Natura G740CE Review by Guitar Player (Brazil)
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Natura D560 Family
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Natura G730 named Best Fingerpicker by Guitar & Bass (UK)
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Natura T550 Travel Guitar
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Natura D710 Review by Guitar Player (USA)
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Natura O550 Ochestra Model
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Natura D710 Review by Guitar World (USA)
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Natura D552
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Natura G630CE Review by Australian Guitar (Australia)
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Natura G570TB Review by Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)
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Natura D550CE Review by Modern Player (China)
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Natura O550 Review by Australian Guitar (Australia)
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Natura O550CE Review by Akustik Gitarre (Germany)
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WALDEN GUITARS:
An American Dream Manufactured in China
By Daniel Neves and Miguel De Laet for Violão Pro (Brazil)
Are all Chinese guitars created equal?
Be careful with the answer. Many have
preconceived notions about products
originating from Asian countries without
checking into it further. Violão PRO talked with
Jonathan Lee, one of the ones responsible
for the development of Walden guitars, on
the development of Asian manufacturing, the
reasons for manufacturing in China, and on
environmental and social responsibility.
THE FACTORY
Tell us a little about yourself and how
Walden Guitars was born.
I am currently the Division Manager of the
Fretted Instrument Division at KHS Musical
Instruments. KHS, a musical instrument
manufacturer for over 75 years, is the sole
owner of the Walden Guitars brand and
produces Walden guitars in Lilan, China
(located nearby Beijing). All Walden guitars
are made at the Walden shop. Previous to
becoming the Division Manager, I was the
Research and Development Manager as well
as the Marketing Manager for Walden. Walden
Guitars originated as a collaboration between
CFox Guitars, a company I helped found, and
KHS. Original designs and specifications were
created in consultation with CFox Guitars.
Why manufacture in China?
There are many reasons why building
guitars in China was a natural choice for
Walden. With lower average labor rates than
elsewhere, it allows for the creation of a high
quality instrument with far greater affordability.
Chinese history has a rich and deep cultural
and artistic tradition which also aids their
ability to appreciate some of the finer points
of guitar making. KHS Musical Instruments,
is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. Since all
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staff members speak Chinese, overcoming
the language and cultural barriers to operating
in China are furthermore minimized. It also
facilitates the international distribution of all
other KHS brands: Mapex Drums, Jupiter
Band Instruments, Hercules Stands and
Majestic Percussion. The KHS factories are
all nearby and this allows for products to be
combined into the same shipment, better
servicing the needs of our customers. Today,
we manufacture somewhere around 50
thousand instruments per year.
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THE MARKET
How to associate quality and price?
With a background in handmade guitars,
finding the balance point between quality and
price has been one of the greatest challenges
for me. When building guitars that sell for
around 3,000 US dollars and above, I could
afford to work with the highest grade materials
that offered ideal tonal, visual and stability
characteristics. Woods that are perfectly
quarter-sawn, each piece hand selected.
Providing instruments at Walden’s competitive
prices presents numerous conflicts from a
luthier’s point of view.
Although benefits are realized in terms of labor
and overhead expenses, the material cost-toquality ratio becomes a critical consideration
when creating instruments in the $300 to
$1,500 range. A good example to illustrate
this: When building hand made guitars, the
cost of a Sitka spruce soundboard and backside set of Indian Rosewood, before any
woodworking has begun, is already well above
our distributor’s wholesale price for some
completed Walden models!
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In fact, the price of some tuning machines
we used at CFox were greater than the cost
of the completed Walden. How do you create
a guitar that even comes close to a fine
handmade guitar when you can’t come close
to affording the materials required to make an
instrument of this kind? We and other Asian
manufacturers simply can not afford to use
these materials and have to work with lower
grade, lower cost materials. The challenge
then becomes ensuring that the materials
used can satisfy the sonic, visual and
stability requirements to create valid musical
instruments. “What can be sacrificed?
What can be compromised? What can not?
Where is the line between acceptable and
unacceptable?” These become the difficult
questions to answer in our quest to create
legitimate musical instruments and not just
“guitar shaped objects.”
THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Talk about the manufacturing process of
Walden.
All quality instrument making operations
incorporate similar processes to achieve
similar objectives, be they the solo, one
person lutherie workshop or large scale
factories.
Walden’s manufacturing process draws
specifically from my experience as a luthier at
CFox Guitars, and from techniques used at
USA large production shops such as Martin
and Taylor. Our guiding principal is to respect
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the elements of the guitar building process
that are critical to producing quality stable,
excellent sounding guitars. Knowing what we
absolutely can not compromise and knowing
what we must to create instruments at this
price level. In our four broad departments:
Parts Fabrication, Body-Neck Assembly,
Finish, and Setup, each process has its own
jig, machine fixture or mold that ensures the
consistency of result. Most work is done by
hand with recognizable standard woodworking
machines such as table saws, jointers,
routers, band saws, etc. Some automated
machines are used when either a better result
can ensue, such as a fingerboard fret-slotting
machine, or when an operation is too laborious
for an employee.
How is this process is different from what
is done in other Asian companies?
If one looks into the history of Asian guitar
making, you will find that most current
factories can trace their history back to
Japanese methods of the 1960’s where
they were essentially producing low cost
alternatives to USA and European made
instruments. As labor costs rose in Japan,
this system of guitar-building moved to Korea
and Taiwan, and later Mainland China, and
now Indonesia. Many Asian operations still
make “guitar shaped objects.” This is due to
a lack of understanding of the fundamentals
of guitar design or manufacturing, or due to
the business model of producing the cheapest
instruments dictating their choice of poor
originating from Africa or South & Central
America. Fingerboards and bridges are Indian
Rosewood and Ebony imported from India and
S.E. Asia.
materials or poor method. From a product
standpoint, outside of procedural differences,
all Walden guitars incorporate a bolt-on neck
joint and 2-way adjustable truss rods which
are both less common in Asian manufacturing.
Fret ends are hand shaped and polished
above standards even seen at Martin. The
Walden Natura line may be the only line of
nitrocellulose lacquer finished instruments
in China, NC lacquer being known for its
excellent sonic properties compared with the
more common Polyurethane finished used in
Asia.
THE CRAFT
Here in Brazil we find some luthiers
looking for alternatives in other species
to substitute traditional woods in the
manufacture of instruments. Do you
believe that can also occur in the industry?
A difficulty arises though when the balance
of stability and sonority must be considered.
The woods traditionally used, were chosen
for these reasons. Choosing replacement
materials on the basis that they happen to
be sustainably grown simply does not work.
A good example comes from experiments
we have conducted using Bamboo. It’s so
common these days for eco-friendly flooring,
it’s hard, and grows like a weed. However,
in our tests, it had horrible tonality. Tap a
board created from bamboo and it sounds
dead, like tapping a cardboard box. That said,
we are actively on the lookout for suitable
replacement materials that are outside of
the traditional woods and can be sustainably
acquired.
Tell us specially about the Walden classical
guitar series inspired in great guitars built
by Antonio Torres and Hermann Hauser.
How did the idea to try to reproduce the
Torres-Hauser soundboard bracing occur?
In 2004, at the Guild of American Luthiers
What are the most commonly used in
woods in manufacturing Walden guitars?
Wa l d e n c u r r e n t l y o n l y u s e s w h a t a r e
considered “traditional” guitar tone-woods.
Varieties of spruce (Sitka & Engelmann) and
western red cedar. Back and side woods
are either Indian Rosewood or Mahogany
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I considered adjustments that we might make
to the Walden classical guitar, I also had an
opportunity to review drawings for two guitars
built for Andres Segovia, the 1912 Manuel
Ramirez and the Hermann Hauser 1937.
Much like an aspiring painter practices the
techniques of the masters, I decided that this
was the place to begin the development and
improvement of the Walden classical guitar.
Convention in Washington State, I attended
a seminar hosted by luthier Jeffrey Elliot.
The topic: “Restoring Tarrega's 1888 Torres."
This guitar had been severely damaged and
masterfully restored by Jeff. He also presented
plans and measurements for this piece of
guitar history and we had the privilege of
hearing that particular guitar played in concert
that evening. In truth this began my inspiration
and respect for the modern classical guitar. As
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It is a Fact: every classical guitar built
around the world is based on the Torres
classical guitar, but with some soundboard
bracing modifications. Are there some
modifications in brace dimensions and
angles? Is this really the most important
topic to craft the sound and tone of the
instrument?
The soundboard is the most important element
contributing to the guitar’s sound. The various
vibrations of the side and back influence the
tonal quality of the guitar’s voice, particularly
the upper partials (the higher frequencies /
harmonics), but too “flexible” and they can
suck energy from the top and negatively affect
sound and tone.
T h e c u r r e n t Wa l d e n c l a s s i c a l g u i t a r
soundboard bracing design stays quite
faithful to the Torres / Hauser designs. Minor
modifications include the use of a bridge
plate which was not used by Torres on the
1888 but used on the ’37 Hauser. In terms of
crafting the tone and sound of an instrument,
the bracing dimensions and angles are only
one piece in the puzzle. The 1888 Torres had
soundboard thicknesses as low as 1.2 mm at
the edge and 1.5 - 2.0 mm under the bridge
– this is amazing when you consider that a
typical soundboard is commonly about 2.5
– 2.8 mm. The way to achieve this is to find
exceptional materials, high stiffness-to-weight
characteristics allowing a thin the top without
losing the stiffness to resist the tension of the
strings. With this lower weight, the strings
don’t need to work as hard to pump the top:
energy is represented as sound.
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Madera CD4040-CERT Review
By Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)
Elegant mid-price dreadnought with certified
FSC-pure tonewoods.
Since 1996, Walden Guitars has been making
high-quality classical and steel-string guitars
in China for the North American market, and
the company recently introduced the Madera
line of guitars—instruments made entirely
from certified FSC-pure tonewoods such as
Sitka spruce and South American mahogany.
Through a process known as “chain-ofcustody,” the Forest Stewardship Council
ensures that each guitar in the Madera line
is fully compliant, overseeing the woods from
the time they’re harvested until they’re used in
construction. Fittingly, Madera is Spanish for
“wood,” and the headstock of each guitar is
emblazoned in pearl with a Chinese character
that symbolizes wood. We auditioned the
Wa l d e n M a d e r a C D 4 0 4 0 - C E RT, w h i c h
features all solid woods in a traditional
dreadnought design—currently only one of
two dreadnoughts with 100 percent pure,
responsibly forested wood on the market,
the other being the American-made Martin D
Mahogany 09, which lists for more than twice
the price of the CD4040.
SUSTAINABLE ELEGANCE
The Madera CD4040-CERT has a nicely
streamlined appearance. The fretboard is
devoid of inlays, and the abalone soundhole
rosette, tortoise body-and-neck binding, and
pearl headstock inlays are at once elegant
and restrained. Our review model had an
attractively grained solid Sitka spruce top
with a hint of bearclaw figuring and some
winter growth lines. The solid South American
mahogany back, sides, and neck were
similarly attractive and devoid of blemishes.
Made of South American katalox, which
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11⁄16 inches to be reassuringly familiar. While
the neck is comfortable, the action on our
review instrument was a bit high and the guitar
felt a little stiff. The action, of course, can be
adjusted to taste by a competent luthier and
the guitar should loosen up as it accumulates
playing time.
The CD4040-CERT projects a clear and
vibrant sound with plenty of sustain, in part
due to its solid, quartersawn Sitka top. When
I played some fingerstyle jazz with long
sustained chords, the effect was piano-like,
with an attractive natural reverb. Conversely,
the guitar sounded appropriately punchy
when strumming open-position chords Carter
Family–style.
has roughly the same density as ebony, the
fretboard and bridge have a nice dark color
and even grain.
The craftsmanship on our review model was
good. The nut was cleanly cut and the fretwork
meticulous, but close inspection revealed
a few file marks at random spots on the
fingerboard. The binding was uniformly flush
with the body, but there was a bit of bleed into
the finish on the upper bout of the treble side.
Inside, the bracing showed no excess glue
but was rough in spots and could have used
a bit more sanding. The high-gloss finish—
a polyester base with a polyurethane top
coat—was well applied and carefully buffed.
Purists might be put off by that type of finish,
but applying a traditional nitrocellulose finish
is known to have deleterious effects on the
environment, so it would have been out of
place on this green guitar.
STYLISTIC VERSATILITY AND SOUND
The CD4040-CERT’s contemporary C-shaped
neck is neither too ample nor too skimpy.
Electric guitarists will find the nut width of 1
As I tried various other approaches I
discovered that the CD4040-CERT is a
wonderfully versatile instrument. It responded
equally well to anything I could think of. The
open strings really sparkled on a countryblues improvisation in open E, while higher
up the neck, some closed-position R&B-style
chord work sounded clear and defined, and
a pseudo-bluegrass flatpicked solo sounded
clear and articulate in all registers.
GREEN GUITARIST’S DREAM
With its FSC-pure-certified tonewoods, the
CD4040-CERT is perfect for the thoughtfully
green guitarist. It’s also a bargain as an allsolid-wood guitar with good looks and a robust
sound, suitable for a variety of styles. And with
its versatile voice, the CD4040-CERT would
also make a great go-to acoustic.
The CD4040-CERT projects a clear and
vibrant sound with plenty of sustain, in
part due to its solid, quartersawn Sitka
top.
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Madera CD4040-CERT Review
By Guitar Buyer Magazine (UK)
Play acoustic guitar and save the planet at the
same time? What could be better? Sam Wise
investigates going green.
Walden Guitars may not be immediately familiar
to you, and with the marketplace as crowded
as we can remember it, perhaps that’s why
the company has taken a bold step in order to
differentiate itself. Responding to both the sharp
decline in the planet’s resources and the rise in
the general awareness of and interest in ‘ethical’
product, Walden has launched the Madera series,
built using only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
certified sustainable woods. While guitar making
is a relatively small industry and is far from the
biggest consumer of endangered woods, it does
have a relatively high profile and also relies on
old-growth wood to supply the best tone. Walden
is a partner in the Greenpeace Music Wood
campaign (together with big players like Martin,
Taylor, Fender, Gibson and Yamaha), which
seeks to demonstrate the consumer demand for
FSC-certified wood via the guitar makers and
encourage more companies to get on board.
With the Madera range, Walden is putting this
issue front and centre, and the FSC stamp
guarantees that all the wood used here comes
from forests which are managed and harvested
in a sustainable way.
Body & Neck
So what about the woods used on this guitar,
the Madera CD4040-CERT dreadnought? The
Sitka spruce soundboard is fairly broad-grained –
more so than we’d normally look for in a guitar at
this price point, though not disasterously so. The
back and sides are South American mahogany,
attractive enough in terms of grain figure but
nothing out of the ordinary. Walden has gone light
on the decoration for this guitar: there’s some
understated tortoiseshell binding, which chimes
in with the pickguard, and a fairly simple abalone
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soundhole ring.
This subtlety extends to the fingerboard too,
which is a slab of katalox, a sustainable ebony
alternative which is pretty much indistinguishable
to our eyes, and Walden has left it unadorned by
any dot markers. The C-shaped mahogany neck
is gloss finished and slim. We would perhaps
have liked just a little more depth, but this is a
matter of personal preference, of course. The
neck finish doesn’t cause the squeaky, sticky feel
that some gloss necks have, and the tortoiseshell
fingerboard binding contributes to a very slick
feel overall. On the topic of the frets, there are 20
of them, of what might be called medium jumbo
size, with a few exhibiting some slightly sharp
ends, which is disappointing at this price. The
slim, tapering headstock is faced in what appears
to be more katalox, and carries unbranded
closed-back tuners with black buttons. These
are made of a rubbery feeling plastic, and while
they look nice enough, we might have preferred
more katalox. The bridge is again of katalox, with
a compensated bone saddle, and there’s a bone
nut as well – it’s nice to see these details done
right. The Madera is a pretty conservative-looking
guitar, and that’s probably deliberate. The tactic
used by most companies selling ethical and fair
trade goods in recent years has been to move
away from the perceived alternative or ‘hippy’
markets, and to look as mainstream as possible.
If Walden wants the world to buy this guitar, then
it needs to look pretty much like other spruce and
mahogany dreadnoughts, and in that respect it’s
a success. Just because things are kept neat
and simple, that’s not to say it isn’t a handsome
creature; in particular, the unadorned fingerboard
and tapered headstock really work for us. But
it doesn’t scream ‘save the whales’, and that’s
perhaps a win for Walden.
Sounds
Of course, we know what to expect from a spruce
and mahogany dreadnought: there should be
plenty of sparkle from the top end, but a certain
amount of complexity and warmth introduced into
the mid-range by the mahogany. The Madera
not only doesn’t disappoint, but perhaps goes
somewhat beyond our expectations. There’s
not an excessive brightness to the top end, nor
quite what we might call ‘sparkle’. Instead, it
has a chiming, ringing quality. There’s plenty of
sustain, which is likely to be enhanced by the
bone nut and saddle, but picking big open chords
and arpeggios with notes fretted up the neck
really brings out the pure, transparent nature of
the top end. Moving into the mid-range, there
is the expected harmonic blossoming as the
mahogany does its work, and for us, slightly
more of that gentle warmth to the tone than we
expected. There’s none of the muddiness which
can occasionally afflict still-warmer-sounding
cedar-topped guitars, though; as you progress
into the bass register, there’s plenty of tautness
and punch. Dig in and strum a little more, and the
chord sings out, not losing clarity as you up the
volume. Walden has done a fine job in offering
warmth and harmonic richness without losing
any of the note separation that makes spruce
dreadnoughts such a favourite of strummers the
world over. We find that the combination of plenty
of body and depth to the tone, and lots of punch,
means that the Madera lends itself in particular
to funky blues fingerstyle. Rifs on the bass
strings ring out, and when you hit a big chord, the
warmth and richness really fill it out. On a guitar
at this price, we’ve come to expect the intonation
to be perfect, string-to-string balance to be even:
in fact, not to have to think about such issues at
all, and the Walden really steps up to the plate.
You could describe the tone as middle-of-theroad, but really it’s just an excellent generalpurpose guitar. It doesn’t have such a strong
tonal character that it’s perfect for one style,
yet unsuitable for another. Sure, you can find a
picker’s guitar with a sweeter voice, or a cedartopped instrument with more warmth. Certainly
a Gibson J-200 would give you a more booming,
in-your-face sound, but if you want a guitar that
can do all of those things well enough, a spruce/
mahogany dreadnought is your friend, and the
Madera is a good example of the breed.
Conclusion
So, it appears Walden has done what it needed
to do and produced a guitar that allows you to do
your bit for the planet without looking like you knit
your own yoghurt. Best of all, that doesn’t come
at the cost of performance. Though some might
look for a little more individuality in terms of looks
and sounds, we think this guitar’s understated
appearance and impressive all-round tone will
win it plenty of admirers, whether ecological
issues are a priority or of no concern.
Walden has done a fine job in offering
warmth and harmonic richness without
losing any of the note separation that
makes spruce dreadnoughts such a
favourite of strummers the world over.
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SupraNatura G3030CEQ Review
By Guitar Club (Italy)
l marchio Walden comparso di recente sul
mercato italiano, produce una linea di chitarre,
classiche e folk, cercando di coniugare alta
qualità di lavorazione e materiali di primissima
scelta ad un prezzo vantaggioso.Gli strumenti,
progettati negli Stati Uniti,vengono realizzati
in Cina. La produzione di chitarre folk prevede
tre serie: Standard, la più economica e che
potremmo dfinire entre leve, Natura, e la top
of the line Supra Natura. Di quest'ultima serie,
interamente realizzata con legni masselli,
fanno parte i modelli 1000 (cedroe mogano),
2000 (cedro o abete e mogano) entrambi con
tastiera in palissandro, 3000 (abete o cedro e
palissandro) con tastiera in ebano, realizzato
nelle seguenti versioni: G3000, G3000CE
(cutaway electric con sistema Fishman Ellipse
Pro) e la G3030CEQ (Cutaway electric con
sistema Fishman Prefix Pro) oggetto della nostra
prova.
Il prezzo di listino di quest'ultima è di
Euro1.142,00 (lva inclusa): è fornita di custodia
rigida, chiave a brugola per la regolazione del
truss-rod, libretto di istruzioni per il sistema
Fishman e di un ultissimo umidificatore per la
corretta manutenzione della chitarra stessa.
Aprendo la bella custodia in dotazionerimaniamo
immediatamente colpita dalle qualità estetiche
di questa chitarra, a partire dai legni utilizzati e
dall'ato livello di finitura. Date le premesse, non
possiamo che cominciare la nostra prova con
grande curiosità.
IL SUONO
Cominciamo a provare lo strumento. La prima
sensazione è positiva, a partire dal volume di
emissione molto vicino a strumenti di ben altra
fascia di prezzo. Il timbro risulta già ben definito
nonostante la chitarra sia nuova e sappiamo
bene che, col tempo, dato l'uso di legni masselli,
sarà destinato a migliorare. La gamma di
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frequenze è ottimamente bilanciata. Basse
presenti, anche se non particolarmente potenti,
medie equalibrate quel tanto che basta per non
rendere troppo nasale il suono ed alte molto
eleganti e mai invasive. Ottimo anche l'equilibrio
tra le corde con una particolare nota di merito
ai cantini caratterizzati da un eccellente sustain
lungo tutta la tastiera. Anche la corda del sol,
punto debole di molte chitarre, non crea problemi
di alcun genere ed emerge anche nell'esecuzione
di accordi complessi. Utilizzando la tecnica del
fingerstyle, rimaniamo colpiti dalla sensibiltà
delta Walden in grado di riprodurre tutte le
sfumature del nostro tocco. Come già accennato
in precedenza, l'action è regolata alla prefezione
e la nostra mano sinistra si muove con grande
agilità su tutta la tastiera,favorita anche dal profilo
sottile del manico. Lo strumento reagisce bene
anche con leaccordature aperte, pur se le corde
extra light in dotazione faticano un po' su quelle
di Sol e Re. Sostituite con una mula light (per
interderci 012) il problerna svanisce. Gli armonici
risultano estremamente sonori ed anche quelli
presi al III IV e IX tasto escono senza alcuna
fatica. Con il pletrro il timbro rimane ben definito,
garantendo uno strumming inciviso ed elegante
allo stresso tempo. Colleghiamo quindi la nostra
Walden ad un P.A. e verifichiamo le sue "doti
electtriche". Nessuna spiacevole sorpresa. Il
Fishman Prefix Pro è une sistema affidabile ed in
grado di riprodurre con buona fedeltà la timbrica
dello strumento e a volumi elevati (attenzione
comunque a non esagerare) il controllo notch
limita i problemi di larsen, garantendoci un
utilizzo on stage di oltimo livello. In conclusione,
possiamo dire di trovarci difronte ad un
eccellente strumento realizzato con grande cura
costruttiva, legni di alta qualità, manico e tastiera
sorprendentemente confortevoli. E, soprattutto,
di uno strumento dotato di un gran bel suono
acustico, senza dimenticare il suo vantaggioso
rapporto qualità-prezzo. Complimenti Walden!
CASSA
La Walden G3030CEQ è una Grand Autidorium
a spalla mancante di tipo Venetian, con tavola in
cedro rosso massello di qualità eccellente e priva
di qualsiasi difetto. Fasce e fondo sono realizzati
in palissandro indiano. Decisamente bello e
raffinato il binding in acero marezzato, così come
la rosetta in abalone e legno di grande sobrietà
ed eleganza. Il ponte è in ebano con selletta in
osso con compensazione per la seconda corda.
I pins fermacorde sono anch'essi di ebano.La
vernice alla nitrocellulosa satinata conferisce
ulteriore pregio estetico alla nostra Walden anche
se, data la sua delicatezza e l'assenza di un
battipenna, richiederà qualche piccola attenzione
in più onde evitare antiestetici graffi. Esaminando
l'interno della cassa, notiamo la grande cura
nella realizzazione delle cante (scalloped X
pre-ware) e delle controfasce ottimamente
lavorate. Totalmente assenti sbavature di colla.
La regolazione del truss-rod è accessible dalla
buca.
tale da permettere alle corde di scorrere senza
trovare punti di attrito. La tastiera è in ebano
e monta 20 tasti piccoli. Idots segnaposizione
sono presenti soltanto sui profilo superiore.
La realizzazione è impeccabile così come
l'intonazione: precisa su tutta la sua lunghezza
e su tutte le corde. Anche la regolazione è
eccellente. (E' molto raro trovare strumenti
perfettamente settati così come escono dalla
fabbrica). L'action è sorprendentemente bassa e,
nonostante ciò, le corde non sbattono mai anche
se sollecitate a dovere. Sicuramente un punto di
forza in più por la nostra Walden.
ELETTRONICA
Il sistema adotta dalla G3030CEQ è il
supercollaudato Fishman Prefix Pro e prevede
i seguenti controlli: Treble-Middle-Bass, più un
controllo Brillance utile per aggiungere presenza
al suono. Oltre al potenziometro del volume,
troviamo l'utilissimo notch filter che ci consente
di tagliare frequenze indesiderate ed evitare il
fastidoso effetto larsen ad alti volumi. Presente
anche il selettore di fase. L'accesso alla pila è
estremamente semplice. (Da ricordare che, con
pochi euro in più, è possible avere il sistema
Fishman Ellipse dotato di microfono interno
miscelabile con il rilevatore piezoelettrico).
MANICO E TASTIERA
Il manico è in mogano dal profilo sottile e
ottimamente sagomato, avvitato al corpo con
una vite a brugalo raggiungibile con facilità dalla
buca. Da segnalare l'utilizzo di barre di rinforzo
laterali in Carbon-grafite. La paletta, dal design
semplice ed elegante, monta meccaniche dorate
di tipo sigillato, registrabili, con palettina in
pastica tartarugata. Il capotasto è anch'esso in
osso vero ed è lavorato alla perfezione in modo
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Supranatura G3000: Belle naturelle
By Guitar Unplugged (France)
L'importateur Hohner nous présente
aujoud'hui la Walden G3000, modèle de milieu
de gamme de la série Supranatura qui, pour
rappel, a été conçue par un luthier venant de
l'écurie Taylor. Un sérieux client. Cette guitare
peut être considérée comme la petite soeur de
l'électroacoustique G3030 bien que celle-ci ne
bénéficie pas d'un pan coupé. Avec la G3000,
vous ne trouverez donc pas d'accès <<haut
débit>> dans les aigus et l'électronique (préampli, accordeur intégré, piézo) est absente.
Rien que du naturel à l'état pur avec, comme
vous allez pouvoir le constater, un vrai savoirfaire d'artisan.
NOS IMPRESSIONS
Tout d'abord, la G3000 est livrée dans son
étui Deluze des plus robustes, recouvert d'un
Skaï marron, imitation cuir, de très bonne
facture. Ça nous change du noir ordinaire. En
l'ouvrant, nous découvrons une belle fourrure
synthétique mauve (Purple rain...). La classe!
Avec lui, vous pourrez balader l'instrument
un peu partout sans avoir à vous soucier
d'éventuels chocs.
Allez, sortons la Walden de son cocon et
regardons cela d'un peu plus prés. Pas
de grande surpise concernant la forme de
type <<Grand Auditorium>> qui respecte la
tradition. On remarque d'emblée le poids
<<plume>> de la guitare. La table, en épicéa
sitka massif, bénéficie d'un toucher naturel
satiné qui apporte une note particulièrement
sobre et délicate à l'ensemble. Elle est
décorée d'un filet en érable flammé qui fait son
effet. La rosace est entourée de deux liserés
<<multiplis>> mixant l'abalone et le bois.
Comme chez sa consoeur (la G3030), la table
est renforcée d'un barrage en X dit <<d'avantguerre>>, également en épicéa. Le chevalet
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Nous arrivons ensuite à la tête où trône le logo
de la marque en incrustation d'abalone. Cette
dernière est équipée de mécaniques dorées
<<non estampillées>>à bain d'huile. Les
boutons ou clefs de type<<écaille>> peuvent
rappeler les <<mushrooms>>. Dernier détail,
la table n'est pas équipée de plaque de
protection ou pickguard. Prudence, les joueurs
les plus <<féroces>>devront moduler leurs
attaques. Il serait dommage d'entamer sa
finition naturelle.
En commençant par une série d'accords
ouverts, nous sommes tout de suite très à
l'aise. Le manche, bien plus fin que sur de
nombreuses autres guitares acoustiques, est
d'une facilité déconcertante. Sa découpe,
surtout dans les basses (vers la tête), se
rapproche vraiment de celle des électriques.
Bluffant!
en ébène <<belly bridge>>, à douilles, est
équipé d'un sillet compensé qui devrait nous
assurer une justesse hors pair. Les éclisses
ainsi que le dos sont en palissandre indien
massif. Cela<<tranche>> bien avec l'épicéa.
On retrouve un deuxième filet d'érable flammé
sur le dos de l'instrument. Ici, même ce qui
n'est pas visible est <<chiadé>>. Le manche,
en acajou africain, présente une fine découpe
en <<C>> et son profil (appelé Narrow) plutôt
étroit nous facilitera la première prise en main.
La touche est en palissandre et n'est pas
décorée de repères d'abalone (comme on
pouvait s'y attendre). Ceci accentue la sobriété
générale de l'instrument. Pas d'affolement,les
indispensables repères sont malgré tout
visibles sur le côté supérieur du manche qui
comporte vingt cases. Cependant,vu l'absence
de pan coupé, il sera difficile d'acéder aux
notes se situant au-delà de la quatorziéme
frette (jonction corps/manche). La seule
attache courroie se trouve sur la talon. Il
faudra adopter la technique du <<lacet>> pour
la jouer debout.
musicaux. Du blues à la country en passant
par la pop <<de caractère>>.
CONVAINCANTE
Cette belle guitare, bénéficiant d'une
fabrication <<made in China>> de très bonne
facture, trouvera sa place parmi les multiples
modèles <<folk>> en dessous de la barre
des 1000 euros. Elle affiche 860 euros bein
mérités compte tenu de ce qu'elle nous
propose. Maintentant, il ne vous reste plus
qu'à l'essayer et à vous faire votre propre
opinion. Avec un réglage <<cousu main>> et
une action des cordes assez basse, nul doute
qu'elle saura vous convaincre.
DU BLUES À LA COUNTRY
Sans être envahissante, on perçoit une belle
projection sonore ainsi qu'une agréable
compression naturelle. La palette gravemédium-aigu est bien respectée, même si on
aurait souhaité un poil plus de rondeur dans
les basses. En la testant sur une rythmique
d'un titre de la belle Natalie Imbruglia avec
muchos <<balayages>> à la clef, elle remplit
parfaitement l'espace.Le rendu est assez
percussif...comme on aime, pas vous?
Petit bémol sur notre modèle, l'action des
cordes est un peu haute et, au-delà de la
neuvième case, cela commence à devenir
<<corsé>> pour jouer des positions d'accords
barrés. En arpèges, exécutés au médiator
ou bien en <<fingerpicking>>, le résultat
est clair et dynamique. Notre préférence
va néanmoins au jeu au médiator où les
basses se font moins discrètes. Histoire de
<<boucler la boucle>>, on l'essaie également
avec un bottleneck pour aller <<chatouiller>>
du blue-grass. Les médiums se détachent
bien, sans jamais être agrerssifs. On peut
dire sans problème qua la G300 saura vous
accompagner dans de nombreux styles
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Supranatura G2070
By Akustik Gitarre (Germany)
Die Firma Walden Guitars wurde 1995 von
P.W. Chen in Nordchina gegründet. Die
Instrumente aus der chinesischen Kleinstadt
Lilan finden im unteren und mittleren
Preisbereich Beachtung.
Mit der SupraNatura-Reihe bekommt
man Instrumente, die konzeptionell
auf Naturmaterialien setzen und bei
zurükhaltendem Design klanglich auf den
Punkt kommen sollen.
Das Etikett im Schallloch trägt den
schmückenden Aufdruck, Designed in
the USA', was auf der Kooperation mit
der amerikinischen Firma CFox Guitars
b e r u h t . D i e S u p r a N a t u r a i s t Wa l d e n s
Toplinie, dabei konzentriert man sich auf die
Grand-Auditorium-Form in verschiedenen
Ausführungen.
User Testmodell stammt aus der 2000erReihe, die im repräsentativen Mittelfeld
angesiedelt ist. Fangen wir an mit der
Materialauswahl der vollmassiven G2070:
Hier fällt die gleichmäßig fein gemaserte
Rotzederdecke auf, das kreuzbeleistete
Kernstück der Klangbildung. Für Korpus
und Hals wurde afrikanisches Mahogoni
verwendet; hier ist das Material etwas gröber,
was durch die rotbraune Beize optisch
geschickt kaschiert wurde und klanglich kaum
ins Gewicht fallen dürfte. Das Furnier der
zierlichen, etwas spitz zulaufenden Kopfplatte
mit Perlmutlogo besteht wie das Griffbrett aus
Palisander. Der leicht geschwungene Steg
aus gleichem Material setzt einen weiteren
optischen Akzent und bestimmt zusammen
mit der Kopfplatte das Erscheinungsbild.
Korrespondierend wurde für die Ech tholz
Korpuseinfassungen neben Zierspänen auch
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Palisander eingesetzt und die Holzrosette
dezent mit Zierspänen gestaltet. Abgerundet
wird das Ganze durch vergoldete Mechaniken
mit braunen Periodknöpfen und Endund
Stegpins aus Palisander.
Das Finish ist eine seidenmatte
Nitrolackierung, die am Hals ein angenehm
glattes, holziges Gefühl vermittelt. Eine
Materialbesonderheit: Der geschraubte Hals
hat eine Stabilisierung aus Karbon, was eine
schlankere Form ermöglicht, ohne dass die
Stabilität gefährdet wäre. Natürlich gibt es
auch einen Einstellstab, sogar einen Bi-Flex,
mit dem die Halskrümmung vom Schallloch
aus in beide Richtungen korrigiert werden
kann.
Weitere durchdachte Details zeigen eine
solide, saubere Verabeitung, zum Beispiel die
akkurat eingesetzten Bünde und einen exakt
abgestimmter Sattel, der wie die kompensierte
Stegeinlage aus Knochen besteht. Die Walden
G2070 hält auch bei der Spiegelinspektion des
Innenlebens souverän der Überprüfung stand.
HANDHABUNG UND KLANG
Eine Grand Auditorium möchte spieltechnisch
gern mit Fingerstyleund Picking-Techniken
bearbeitet werden. Das Instrument
überzeugt bei leichter Ansprache mit einem
runden, weichen Ton. Das ausgeglichene
Klangbild inspiriert zu keltisch angehauchter
Spielweise, wobei das Sustain eine
angenehm tragende Rolle spielt. Hier hilft
auch die Kombination von Zederndecke und
Mahagonikorpus, ein Klassiker, wenn ein
warmes transparentes Klangbild mit runden
Mitten und zurückhaltenden Bässen gewünscht
ist. So kann die Walden G2070 auch offene
Stimmungenohne störende Resonanzen
verarbeiten.
Mit dem Plektrum erzielt man bei sensibler
Spieltechnik einen luftigweichen, perkussiven
Sound, bei dem sich so mancher SingerSongewriter gut aufgehoben fühlen dürfte.
Komplexe Harmonien trennt die Gitarrre nicht
allzu scharf, und auch spieltechnische Nuancen
werden nicht in allen Feinheiten abgebildet.
Dafür reagiert die Walden gutmütig auf kleine
Unsauberkeiten. Gitarristen, die gerne beherzt
zulangen, sollten einen Gang zurückschalten:
Dafür ist diese Gitarre nicht konzipiert und
würde übersteuern.
Del schlanke Hals mit mittelbreitem Griffbrett
liegt Dank sauberer Werkseinstellung gut
in der Hand, wobei die Bünde für manche
Spieltechniken gerne höher sein dürften.
FAZIT
Die G2070 Grand Auditorium bestätigt, dass bei
Walden Wert gelegt wird auf alle wesentlichen
Details, die Klang und Verarbeitung prägen.
Viel Erfahrung fundiertes Wissen ermöglichen
hier durch präzise moderne Produktionstechnik
einen grundsoliden Fertigungs-standard,
der angesichts des erschwinglichen Preises
überzeugen kann. Wer sich momentan für
ein vollmassives Instrument der unteren
Mittelklasse (700 bis 1000 Euro) interessiert,
sollte die Walden SuptraNaturas antesten.
Neben der sauberen Bauweise und dem
definierten Klang fallen auch weitere Dinge ins
Gewicht: der mitgelieferte Luxuskoffer inklusive
Gurt und Luftbefeuchter von Planet Waves
sowie die Werksbestückung mit beschichteten
D'Addario-Saiten.
Scan the QR code
with your smartphone
to find out more
about the G2070.
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Supranatura D2040
By Australian Musician (Australia)
Gold Tortoise shell machine heads adorn a
sleek headstock, and the travel on the strings
is flawless from bridge to tuner without any
annoying “chinks” when tuning. A bone nut and
saddle are superb additions adding to some
already great sustain and the setup would
have been perfect for me if the action wasn’t
so high. To top it off, the satin nitrocellulose
finish on this instrument is superb, with no risk
of oily finger-prints or sweat stains being left
behind like on gloss surfaces.
Not a lot is known about Walden guitars other
than they’re designed in the United States
and built in the small town of Lilan, China.
The name Walden is also the title of the
autobiography of Henry David Thoreau, which
is based around solitude and life in the woods.
This may have absolutely nothing to do with
where the company gets its name from, but it’s
a fitting title for an instrument that would look
right at home in an Alaskan log cabin.
Currently the market is flooded with a massive
range of mid priced acoustic guitars, so in
order for manufacturers to stand out they
need to make guitars that appeal to a certain
calibre of muso. The Walden D2040 is such an
instrument, with a cosmetic appeal that sets
it up more as a luxury item than a tool to craft
music with. It looked superb straight out of the
box and on closest inspection the only flaw I
noticed was the dot-inlay was slightly crooked
at the 12th fret. A sturdy brown leather case
escorts this guitar and it seems reasonable
that any decent acoustic should come with
its own case these days (manufacturers take
note).
The D2040 is part of Walden's Supra-Natura
series, sporting all wooden manufacturing
(including end pins) as well as thin neck to
assist with speed and barring of chords. The
tone woods employed are a Sitka spruce
top, African mahogany body and neck, and
rosewood fingerboard.
A scalloped “X” bracing lies beneath the
silky spruce top for additional strength
and longevity. The Martin Guitar Company
employed this process in the 1850s, and a
scalloped brace differs from a standard brace
in that it tends to vibrate more and produce
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and even along the entire neck and a two
way adjustable truss-rod is also routed into
the neck cavity (becoming the new “norm” on
acoustics) ensuring additional stability and the
ability to straighten the neck.
more bass. Older Martin guitars feature
scalloped braces, resulting in a vintage tone
that appealed to bluegrass players.
African mahogany is becoming the
manufacturing norm as Honduras mahogany
(South American) declines to the point of
extinction. Luckily enough deforestation laws
are now protecting this prized tone-wood for
future generations, and its African counterpart
sounds equally pleasing. Mahogany is highly
regarded for its warm, rich tonal properties
and thick midrange and its influence on this
axe is also apparent. An ebony bridge is used
to hold a set of D’addario EXP strings with
beautifully crafted rosewood endpins providing
the anchor, making this guitar a certifiable
timber orgy.
Okay, a lot has been said about how great
this guitar looks and feels, now let’s get to the
important stuff. What’s the tone like? First off,
the tone is very balanced, smooth and not too
‘boomy’ in the bum (bottom end). I’d describe
the sound as sweet with no ugly frequencies
jumping out even with an angry strum. Finger
style picking resulted in rich, smoky overtones
that would sit great in a jazz track.
This guitar's only real setback is a lack of
volume, which can be an issue if you decide to
use it live or are fighting to be heard when its
your solo. The thin neck makes barring chords
a tad easier but, the action is too high for Al
DiMeola style shredding if that’s your calling.
However, for an RRP of $795 you get a quality
acoustic guitar with a sturdy case that plays
wonderfully, looks fantastic, sounds great,
with the only issue being volume. If you need
a great acoustic to play in your apartment or
record with, then I’d recommend the Walden
D2040 to you.
Scan the QR code
with your smartphone
to find out more
about the D2040.
The neck is also a sturdy slab of mahogany
with a rosewood fret board, that’s smooth to
the touch and features the most beautifully
finished frets I have ever come across on an
acoustic guitar. The frets were thin, smooth
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SupraNatura G1070CEQ Review
By Guitar Ausgabe (Germany)
Der Preamp
Me i n Ei n d ru ck b e s t ä t i g t s i c h a u c h b e i
genauerer Untersuchung. Fingerpicker
werden begeistert sein, da sie es versteht, die
Dynamik und den Ausdruck eines sauberen
Fingeranschlags wiederzugeben. Arpeggios
verdichten sich mit jeder angeschlagenen
Note dichter zu einem äußerst harmoniscen
Klanggeflecht.
Schon der erste Blick lässt erahnen, dass
es bei der Walden G1070CEQ nach guter
Tradition des Hauses in erster Linie um den
guten Ton geht und nicht um überflüssigen
Perlmutt-Schnickschnack und sonstigen
Unfug, der nur den Preis in die Höhe
treiben würde. Da wir uns knapp under der
1.000-Euro-Grenze befinden, sollte die
Walden klanglich schon einiges zu bieten
haben. So viel sei vorab verraten: Sie ist ihr
Geld wert.
Auf ein besonderes Schmankerl hat man
bei Walden Guitars nicht verzichtet und dem
Instrument gleich ein Fishman-Tonabnehmer
system spendiert. Damit steht dem großen
Auftritt nichts mehr im Weg. Die Reise dorthin
tritt die Gitarre im edlen Koffer an, der im Preis
enthalten ist.
Bei der G1070CEQ handelt es sich um ein
Modell namens ,,Grand Auditorium", das
inzwischen jedoch bei jedem Hersteller etwas
anders aussieht und nicht mehr viel mit der
ursprünglichen Bezeichnung ,,000" der Firma
Martin zu tun hat. Wenn man so will, handelt
es sich um eine Mischung aus Dreadnought
und Jumbo: das Beste aus beiden Welten.
Wenn Gitarrent sprechen könnten
Die Supranatura-Line von Walden besteht
ausschließlich aus ausgesuchten massiven
Tonhölzern. Plastikteile sucht man bei dieser
Serie vergebens, da alle Einlagen und sogar
das Binding aus verschiedenen Holzarten
gefertigt sind. Das verleiht der Gitarre eine
sehr natürliche Note und macht sie zu einem
kleinen Kunstwerk.
Geschmackvoller geht es nicht mehr. Sogar
die Bridgepins sind aus Holz hergestellt, Sattel
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muss. In jedem Fall ist es eine Mischung
aus Charimsa, Atmosphäre und einer Menge
Persönlichkeit. Diese Gitarre hat mich bereits
überzeugt, dass sie ihr Geld wert ist.
Scan the QR code
with your smartphone
to find out more
about the G1070CEQ.
Diese Gitarre spricht eine deutliche Sprache,
und wenn ich mich etwas auf ihr verliere, habe
ich sogar das Gefühl, als würde sie sich mit
mir unterhalten.
und Steg aus echtem Knochen. Das Halsprofil
liegt angenehm flach in der Hand und sollte
damit auch für kleiner Hände geeignet sein.
Sowohl auf dem Griffbrett als auch auf der
Stirnseite markieren kleine unscheinbare
Punkte die Lagen. Aber wahre Cowbows
brauchen doch sowieso nur vier Bünde und
drei Akkorde, oder?
Nachdem ich mich von der Optik zum
Schwärmen hingerissen fühlte, steht nun die
einzig entscheinde Disziplin ins Haus: Kann
die Gitarre auch klanglich mithalten? Da wir
doch eh gerade im Wilden Westen waren,
wollen, wir gleich mal einen Walking-Bass à
la ,,Ring Of Fire" anstimmen.Yeeahhh! Da
fühlt man sich doch gleich wie in der weiten
Prärie. Genau so klingt die Walden nämlich.
Der dünne Nitro-Zellulose-Lack steht dem
Schwingungsverhalten nicht im Weg, so
dass sich sofort ein angenehm voller und
ausgewogener Ton entfalten kann, für den das
passende Adjektiv erst noch gefunden werden
Genug der Schwärmerei, Widmen wir uns
zuletzt einem ganz weltlichen Thema: dem
integrierten Preamp, der die übliche DreibandKlangregelung und einen zusätzlichen
Brillance-Regler besitzt. Dieser entschärft
den für meinen Geschmack zu elektronischen
Ampsound etwas.
Das bleibt hängen
Die Gitarre bietet für jeden Spielertyp
etwas. Ein echtes Allround-Instrument mit
einer bestechenden Optik und einer Menge
Persönlichkeit, von der sich so mancher
Musiker mit Sicherheit gerne verzaubern
lässt. Dieses Instrument versteht es, kleine
Soundwelten zu erschaffen, und unterstützt
die musikalischen Ausflüge zusätzlich mit
einer vorbildlichen Bespielbarkeit.
Ein echtes Allround-Instrument mit einer
bestechenden Optik und einer Menge
Persönlichkeit, von der sich so mancher
Musiker mit Sicherheit gerne verzaubern
lässt.
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SupraNatura G1070 Review
By Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)
Excerpts from the review: "Breedlove, Simon
and Patrick and Walden Small-Bodies" March
2005
Walk into almost any guitar store, and
it will soon become apparent that large
dreadnought-sized guitars are the most
popular style available. Although dreadnoughts
are great for their volume, punch and bass
response, smaller people often struggle
with the large body size and many players
find dreadnoughts too “boomy.” Fingerstyle
players, singer-songwriters, and soloists who
don't need a lot of volume generally prefer
guitars that respond better to a light touch than
a dreadnought.
Although previously available in other parts of
the world, Chinese-made Walden guitars have
only recently been introduced to the US. While
the name will most certainly be new to most
guitarists, the company's Marketing and R&D
Manager and primary designer, Jon Lee, was
a former business partner at the CFox guitar
company. The G1070, part of Walden's topof-the-line SupraNatura series, has a solid
cedar top, solid mahogany back, laminated
mahogany sides, bolt-on graphite-reinforced
mahogany neck, and a cosmetically simple
appearance with nice touches like maple
binding. The materials, construction, and
craftsmanship of our review guitar were very
good all around.... The guitar has a 25 1/2
-inch scale and a 1 11/16 -inch nut width.
and hard picking...
All of these instruments offered incredibly
mature acoustic tone and would be great
performing axes. The Walden SupraNatura
G1070 definitely exuded the most "high-end"
vibe in terms of tone and looks... The market
has definitely been greatly enriched by this trio
of small-bodied flattops.
Scan the QR code
with your smartphone
to find out more
about the G1070.
I was first struck by the Walden's rich, fat bass
response, a good indication of what was to
come as I put it through its paces. It had a
mature tone, was suited to fingerstyle playing
and light strumming, and sounded open and
balanced... It responded equally well to light
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Natura G570 and SupraNatura D1030 Review
By Frets Magazine (USA)
Walden introduces us to their guitar universe
with two reasonably priced lines—the entrylevel Natura Series, and the more plush
SupraNatura Series. The lightweight Natura
G570 offers a grand auditorium-size body, a
solid-red cedar top, sapele mahogany back
and sides, and Walden’s signature satin-matte
nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Nitrocellulose is
typically associated with high-end and vintage
instruments. Besides the fact this type of finish
is much thinner—allowing the guitar to vibrate
and breathe more freely—it’s also comfortable
to play, with none of the tackiness or stickiness
of some high-gloss finishes.
The factory setup was just about right, for
me—a fairly straight neck with a low action
and the strings following the radius of the
fretboard. Other neck features are the smooth
Indian rosewood fretboard with a matching
rosewood head plate and a pearl logo, and a
carefully carved dovetail neck joint.The nicely
plated chrome die-cast tuners are stable, and
they turn smoothly with no grittiness. Some
of the nut slots are cut a bit low, causing a
little open string buzz, although nothing too
bothersome. The fret job is admirable, with no
excess glue, sharp ends, or noticeable high or
low spots.
Although the pickguard is cut a little roughly,
the basic plastic rosette, binding, and trim
were carefully cut and attached.
The 570’s voice is warm and mellow—
especially when strumming open chords.
Overall, the G570 is an attractive and
approachable guitar that gives up enough rich
tone and sustain to totally inspire a developing
guitarist. In terms of price, features, and
playability, the G570 is perfect for the
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offers pre-war-style scalloped X-bracing,
Indian rosewood sides, a solid Indian
rosewood back, and a rosewood bridge
with wood endpins. Other appointments
include die-cast gold-tone tuners with fauxtortoiseshell buttons, maple trim with wood
purfling, and a maple and mahogany inlaid
rosette.
of much more expensive guitars, such as solid
top, solid back, and wood binding. It adds up
to a smart-looking instrument with a sturdy feel
and a strong sound. Walden’s SupraNatura
Series is sure to get plenty of looks from
guitarists shopping in the under-$1,000 price
range.
The neck is what makes the SupraNatura
series unique in the Walden line. My first
impression was that it felt too thin. However,
the bolt-on, rosewood-on-mahogany neck is
as strong and rigid as can be, reinforced by
two inlaid rows of stiff carbon graphite. The
neck is shallow front to back and is described
by Walden as a modern profile, designed
for “smooth execution of the most complex
fingerstyle techniques.” The lack of depth
may feel a little weird for traditionalists, but
it’s excellent for beginners, electric guitarists
who play acoustics every once in a while,
or players with smaller hands. Graphite
adds strength without a lot of excess weight,
contributing to a neck that should require
fewer adjustments due to string gauge or
climate changes. (The neck is equipped with
a 2-way adjustable trussrod when that day
eventually comes.) The D1030 also includes
a compensated bone nut and a compensated
bone saddle. These improve sustain, as well
as helping the guitar play more in tune in all
positions.
beginning or intermediate player. There was
a time—not so long ago—when there was no
such thing as a solid-top guitar streeting for
$250. Instruments such the Walden G570 may
inspire a whole new generation of guitars and
guitarists.
The D1030 features the same comfy feeling
nitrocellulose finish as the G570, as well as
a solid-red cedar top (possibly chosen for its
richly dark tonality that is favored by many
fingerstyle players). The dreadnought body
When strumming open chords, the D1030’s
notes are focused with lots of fundamental and
punch. It’s hard to say how much influence the
graphite reinforcement has on the tone, as it
takes the place of some wood and affects the
vibration of the neck. The rigidity of the neck
does transfer to the overall feel of the guitar,
which, along with the tight mids and treble,
will make it an excellent choice for recording
situations. The D1030 has good string-to-string
balance while picking, but it may not have the
volume that some fingerstylists crave.
Many features on the D1030 are characteristic
The 570’s voice is warm and mellow....
the D1030’s notes are focused with lots of
fundamental and punch.
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Natura G740CE Review
By Guitar Player (Brazil)
These days it's not hard to find high quality,
well-finished Chinese instruments at a good
price. The Walden G740CE is just such an
instrument. The body shape is similar to
Taylor's grand auditorium and the guitar is built
with quality materials that result in a beautiful
sound.
The G740CE has a blemish-free nitrocellulose
l a c q u e r f i n i s h . M a d e f r o m t r e e f i b e r,
nitrocellulose lacquer has been the material of
choice for guitar finishing since the eighteenth
century. A satin finish is smoother than a high
gloss finish, allowing for easier and faster
movement along the neck.
The G740CE 's top is made of solid Sitka
spruce, a wood that delivers tons of volume
and equilibrium. It is the top choice for
guitarists who play with a heavy hand. The
abalone rosette is a nice detail and inside the
body you'll find thin brace wood that structures
the sound. The braces increase the bass
sound without losing the harmonics and treble
sounds.
The bridge and fingerboard are made of
Indian rosewood — the most desired wood
for acoustic guitars, as well as electric and
bass guitars. The beautiful design adds to the
overall quality of the instrument.The sides and
back of the G740CE are made from African
mahogany, which produces consistent sound
and maintains stability.
Walden Guitars uses only mahogany on the
neck of their instruments. The comfortably
shaped G740CE neck has 20 frets.The
cutaway affords easy access to the treble
frets and the neck body joint is like a dovetail,
yielding great sustain. An important detail of
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the instrument is the truss rod which precisely
and securely adjusts the action, even with
heavy strings. The instrument is 64.77 cm
between the top and bridge nut. Locked, gold
machine heads assure accurate tuning. The
headstock features Indian rosewood and a
pearl Walden logo. The Fishman Classic 4 is a
four band EQ that yields different sounds.
Scan the QR code
with your smartphone
to find out more
about the G740CE.
SOUNDS
First, we tested the Walden plugged into
a Beringher console and Antera amplified
speakers. In all EQ and volume set ups, the
G740CE had a great sound. When connecting
it with a microphone, in addition to the preamp,
the sound quality increased most noticeably at
high volumes.
Next we connected it to a Fender Acoustasonic 30. The sound was even better and
fuller. Using maximum volume, flat EQ and
no effects, the G740CE performed extremely
well, without noise and feedback. Using
DSP effects, the guitar produced full, great
sounds with sufficient dept to convince the
most demanding guitarists. A little chorus and
reverb provided beautiful lines that are useful
in pop-rock, Brazilian country and other styles.
The Walden G740CE is a professional and
adaptable guitar for any musicians work.
The Walden G740CE is a professional and adaptable guitar for any musicians work.
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Natura G730 named Best Fingerpicker
By Guitar & Bass (UK)
If this guitar came with a price tag of £500, we wouldn't have blinked. It has a solid cedar top, a
solid rosewood back, scalloped bracing, cast tuners and a satin nitro-cellulose finish. The sides
are laminated: some luthiers prefer this because it effectively decouples the top from the back.
You even get an abalone rosette and a pearl logo.
The Walden ships with a humidifier, but no case or gigbag - but who's complaining when it
sounds like this? It chimes, rings, thumps and kerchunks - everything you could ask of in an
acoustic guitar. This is the unmistakable sound of solid wood combined with effortless playability
and a sonic character that's equally suited to strumming and picking.
Even the build quality is virtually flawless. Add a proper bone nut and saddle and some classy
tuners, and this could slay the big guns - for peanuts.
Scan the QR code
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about the G730.
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Natura D710 Review
By Guitar Player (USA)
The D710 is a dreadnought-sized guitar that
features a satin finish, a solid top and back,
and nice looking appointments. The bindings
(white/black on the body, black on the neck)
are grade A, and the multi-layer back stripe
and wedgeshaped end piece are precisely set.
Scan the QR code
with your smartphone
to find out more
about the D710.
Ditto for the abalone rosette and the abalone
"Walden" logo that's inlaid into the rosewood
headstock facing. Tortoise-shell buttons
class up the gold-plated tuners, and the nut
is carefully worked and polished. Despite a
white-ish mottling on the fretboard's surface,
the frets themselves are finished well and
The D710 delivers a good amount of
volume, and with its abundant bass
and punchy midrange, notes ring out
clearly and have good dynamic feel.
don't have any sharp ends to dig into your
hand. The D710's interior construction is
generally clean and tight, although some of
the bracing could stand a bit more sanding to
remove "hairs" that pop out of the wood.
Set up with reasonably low action, the
Chinese-made D710 plays easily and sounds
musically in tune. As you'd expect from a
dreadnought, the tones are muscular and
present. The D710 delivers a good amount
of volume, and with its abundant bass and
punchy midrange, notes ring out clearly and
have good dynamic feel. With no onboard
electronics, the D710 is less suitable for
stage use, but it sure records well. We had
the opportunity to hear it miked with an SE
Electronics SE4400a condenser and tracked it
into Logic on a Mac laptop through a Focusrite
Liquid Saffire 56 multi-audio interface, and the
resulting tones were warm, rich, and nicely
detailed. A versatile guitar for an attractive
price, the D710 stands out as an excellent
value for those seeking a purely acoustic
experience (the D710CE comes with Fishman
Aero+ electrics and a cutaway).
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Natura D710 Review
By Guitar World (USA)
Walden's guitars remind players what acoustic
instruments are supposed to deliver: living
tone. At the same time, the Chinese-built
Walden D710 proves that properly managed
overseas manufacturing can produce a
superior instrument at roughly half the price
of a similar American-born guitar. The D710
is part of Walden's Natura Series, which
emphasizes simple aesthetics and gorgeous
sound through the use of intelligent design
and select woods. There are no frills or fancies
on the D710, but its sound is nothing short of
spectacular.
FEATURES
"Elegant" and "subdued" are apt descriptions
of Walden's Natura D710. Indian rosewood
sides create the D710s modest dreadnought
shape, and the same black-swirled exotic
wood covers the guitar's back. The
soundboard is solid Engelmann spruce,
which is known for its powerful projection and
warm overtones. Tall scalloped braces in an
X pattern form the D710's inner framework,
serving to efficiently focus this guitar's output
and quell stray resonance. Walden's own
uniquely curved rosewood bridge design helps
to spread the strings' energy like waves across
the soundboard, and a subdued abalone
rosette surrounds the sound hole.
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with your smartphone
to watch D710 video
review.
Electric guitarists accustomed to moderately
thin C-shaped necks are going to love the
D710's silkyfast-mahogany neck. Gracefully
thin plastic binding dresses the rosewood
fingerboard, and the fretwork is flawless,
allowing low action with no issues. Other
tastefully incorporated appointments include
tortoise shell keys on gold tuners, an inlaid
mother-of-pearl Walden logo and rosewood
headstock fascia.
I was impressed by the first sound I
heard through the D710 and continued
to be inspired by every cleanly defined
nuance and bell-like ring of sustain.
Few affordable acoustic guitars can
create this kind of warmth and note
separation.
PERFORMANCE
Most steel-string acoustics create a lot of
noise with each note, because their bodies
are not specifically designed to process the
acoustic pressure and dynamics from their
accompanying soundboards. The Walden's
body and soundboard work harmoniously,
producing exceptionally pure notes. I was
impressed by the first sound I heard through
the D710 and continued to be inspired by
every cleanly defined nuance and bell-like ring
of sustain. Few affordable acoustic guitars
can create this kind of warmth and note
separation.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Walden's Natura Series D710 has a thin
and fast neck on par with an electric guitar,
its action is low and fast, and it exudes a
wonderfully conservative beauty. The Walden
D710 sets the standard for bargain acoustics
and embarrasses many guitars at three times
the price.
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Natura G630CE Review
By Australian Guitar (Australia)
(SOLID TOP) GRAND AUDITORIUM
ACOUSTIC WITH CUTAWAY & PICKUP
Walden is a manufacturer of "affordable"
guitars. Those few words can make you run
for the hills or see real bargain potential.
Every now and then when the Australian
Guitar staff hand me a guitar to be reviewed
they ask me straight up 'how much do you
think it's worth?" It's a good test because
it only takes a few minutes to formulate an
immediate opinion of an instrument, but much
longer to make sense of it and write it down,
which also gives you a chance for much more
playing time.
At first I guessed into 4 figures as I saw the
grand auditorium shape, Fishman pickup,
solid top, gold tuners and a reasonable sound.
Needless to say I was surprised to hear my
guess was almost double the actual price of
this guitar.
BACKGROUND
Your average guitar lover will know a one
or two sentence background to a lot of the
common guitar manufactures, so here's one to
add to your mental list. The company Walden
came into existence around 12 years ago and
is the result of two American luthiers designing
guitars then sending them to China to be
put together. The company actually doing
the cutting, bending and gluing is not new to
the game, they've been making instruments
since as far back as the 1930's. You might
already be starting to draw conclusions about
craftsmanship and guitar royalty lineage, so
if you're the kind of person that won't buy any
guitar that hasn't been sneezed on by an age
old luthier wood worker in Alabama then keep
on walking.
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ALL ABOUT
The Grand Auditorium shape has immediate
benefits of being light and easy to play
standing or sitting, the size a little more
manageable than a dreadnought or jumbo.
Up on the headstock the tuners are gold and
die cast and the Walden logo unobtrusive
and classy with a pearl finish. The binding
and inlays bring a bit of flair to an otherwise
plain design and the pick-guard follows the
shape of the cutaway and sound hole. There
is no denying that as far as looks, they got it
very right with this guitar. Build quality is also
impressive with no obvious bleed of the stain
or lacquer and all the joins tight and even.
The even grain of the laminated back and
sides adds aesthetic appeal to the otherwise
plain finish and the bracing internally is
finely cut and lacks rough edges and tool
scoring marks that you sometimes see in less
expensive mass produced acoustic guitars.
The guitar sits halfway on Walden's lineup, as
part of the 'natura' finish line. They claim the
wood will age and mature the more and the
longer that you play it, changing to match the
style of your playing. The first point is likely
true but in all honesty an ivory saddle and
neck nut to replace the stock plastic items
would go along way to sweetening the tone of
this guitar.
PLAYING IT
How each strings tone and volume is
balanced on an acoustic guitar can make a
big difference to what you use it for, some
guitars with a spectacular low end may sound
tinny and weak up top. Like other features
of this guitar, Walden have found a good
middle ground and extracted about as much
low end that is possible out of a typical grand
auditorium shape.Typically, the mids are
the most prominent of the sonic spectrum
meaning fingerpicking, picked chords and the
odd solo sound fine, but I wouldn't be using
this as an open chord strumming machine,
it responds better to a gentle touch than to a
smashing with a 2mm thick Dunlop.
sound and feel good, we all know that can be
different from one guitar to the next that came
off the same production line.
This guitar immediately impressed me and
even after a number of days of playing it, I
couldn't fault it in any game-ending sort of
way. I consider a grand auditorium style guitar
much harder for manufacturers to get right,
as you can't just replace tone and balance
with sheer volume attainable on other types
of guitar designs. Walden have done an
impressive job with this model, putting a great
shape, look and pickup system into the hands
of people with a limited budget.
The Fishman pickup system installed on this
guitar is the same that is used on many other
(and some more expensive) guitars and is
your usual peizo under the bridge type design
with a 9 volt powered preamp. You get treble,
mids, bass and brilliance controls along with
volume and a low battery warning light. I
wouldn't say that it adds anything to the sound
of the guitar, but I consider cheaper guitars
without pickups quite limited, this factory fitted
system opens up the instrument to many more
buyers, and while the tone plugged in isn't
considerably sweet, it cuts through a band mix
well enough.
THE BOTTOM LINE
With instruments at this price point, it all
comes down to value for money and how
many features can be packaged up into a
product that attracts buyers. With guitars
however, you have that trump card that it must
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Natura G570TB Review
by Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)
Handsome sunburst cedar top delivers three
dimensional tone and responsiveness at an
attractive price.
While the Walden Guitars name is relatively
new to the US market, the company has been
marketing instruments from its own Lilan,
China, factory to European, Canadian, and
South African guitarists since 1996. Starting
with a business built around a traditional
dreadnought and a single classical guitar
design, Walden has built its output into three
lines each of classical guitars and steel-strings
made with a wide range of woods, body styles
and price points. The affordable G570TB
Grand Auditorium steel-string is part of their
mid-level Natura line.
APPROACHABLE, ATTRACTIVE, AND
AFFORDABLE
Despite its low price, the Walden's build quality
is hard to fault. Fret ends lie flush against the
bound-rosewood fretboard, and the precise
dot inlays and appropriately cut nut slots
demonstrate care. The book-matched-cedar
top's dark tobacco sunburst and the back and
side's attractive wood grains are protected by
a seamless, satin nitrocellulose finish, with
no excess buildup anywhere.The black/white/
black rosette and matching body purfling also
give off a classy vibe that belies the G570TB's
low price, and the backstrip, tailblock strip,
and finely carved heel point all match up with
lay-line accuracy. A look inside revealed clean
kerfing and svelte, scalloped bracing, with
minimal visible excess glue— confirmation
that this no thrown-together job— while the
flawless bolt-on neck joint adds uptown
mystique. In all, fit and finish are excellent,
and Walden takes care to include a second
"winter" saddle (to offset the lowered action
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Spinning the smooth chrome tuners, I
was pleased to find that pieces in open or
altered tunings ring out with power and élan;
each note in a chord sings with clarity and
distinction. Playing with a pick produces a
responsive, engaging tone, with a jangly
sparkle evident during open-chord strumming,
and plenty of volume, sustain, and punch
available for palm-muted power chords or
biting single-note solo excursions.
Throughout, the G570TB rewards player
nuance with the appropriate response:
Vibrato, picking dynamics, and color changes
are reproduced on demand. In all, there
is more than enough tactile feedback and
satisfying tone to reward beginners, advancing
intermediate players adding new techniques
to their to their repertoire, and advanced
players alike.
that occurs in low-humidity conditions) and
Planet waves soundhole humidifier (with refill
syringe).
BRIGHT AND BALANCED BIG BODY
The robust and aesthetically pleasing 15
7/8-inch grand auditorium body— vaguely
reminiscent of a cross between a Taylor
grand auditorium and an OM— combines
with the nicely C-shaped mahogany neck and
medium factory action in a very comfortable
and playable package, though the action
could easily go even lower with the help of a
setup tech. Played fingerstyle, the G570TB
cheerfully responds with a bright, airy,
mahogany tone and plenty of smooth sustain
behind the initial clear cedar edge.
The 4 5/8-inch-deep body supports the
tonewoods with a three dimensional tenor
midrange and just enough baritone on bottom
to balance things out. I found the bass strings
to be focused and tight, with almost none of
the low-string thud that can plague guitars in
this price range.
THE WRAP
With an appealing mahogany voice, versatile
body size, and excellent build quality, the
G570TB will work nicely for any player
wanting a dose of rich acoustic tone and
grown-up feel at a rock-bottom price. Its
handsome, woody looks and open-string
sparkle make it a natural choice for beginners
learning to strum their first chords, and an
instrument that's likely to remain rewarding to
play as they develop.
Wi t h a n a p p e a l i n g m a h o g a n y v o i c e ,
versatile body size, and excellent build
quality, the G570TB will work nicely for
any player wanting a dose of rich acoustic
tone and grown-up feel at a rock-bottom
price.
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with your smartphone
to find out more
about the G570TB.
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Natura D550CE Review
from Modern Player (China)
In our last issue, we reviewed the G740CE.
This time we will be reviewing another
acoustic-electric model: the D550CE. Please
refer to the last issue for more information
about Walden’s product line.
The D550CE comes with D’Addario EXP11
light gauge string which provided the warm
sound which Walden guitars like to give.
Installed with Fishman Classic 4 preamp, the
acoustic-electric D550CE produces almost
the original resonance of the guitar body
itself. If you are connecting to a mixer I would
recommend adding an acoustic-electric guitar
sound effects processor for getting more solid
voice.
The D550CE has more standard guitar
specifications, when compared with the
G740CE, which allows for a more affordable
price but at the same time still provides the
high quality voice of a solid top instrument.
Appearance & Craftsmanship
Inheriting the same style of brilliant headstock
design, both the D550CE and G740CE have a
pearl inlay Walden logo. Although the D550CE
has normal die-cast chrome tuners it is easy to
smoothly turn the tuner buttons to the desired
position without losing any strength and the
quality of the material is tangible. Sprayed with
the same Nitrocellulose lacquer as all other
Natura and SupraNatura model instruments,
the surface is delicate and smooth in your
hands. Also, there was none of the pungent
smell that is sometimes associated with NC
lacquer.
We applaud Walden Guitars for the brilliant
work. The D550CE guitar body is composed
of a solid spruce top and Mahogany sides
& back — the same key elements in wood
configuration as G740CE has — so the
D550CE can guarantee the same beautiful
sound of a Walden solid top instrument.
The overall craftsmanship of the D550CE
represents the Walden Guitars family design
in every detail you can see: the special
designed Walden pickguard shape, and the
just-right position of sound hole label. Each of
them proves what the Walden is.
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the D550CE is cheaper than the G740CE may
come from the lower end specs. For example,
the D550CE incorporates die-cast chrome
tuners instead of tortoise plus gold machine
heads; a 2-ring ABS soundhole inlay instead
of Abalone…etc. But you can still have the
great sound provided by the G740CE with
the D550CE. The D550CE is a good choice
for players who are chasing after great tones
instead of fancy decorations.
Playability
There is almost no difference in playability
between the D550CE and G740CE. I felt
very comfortable holding the D550CE in my
hands and after setting up my fingers can play
smoothly along the neck without hesitation.
Without losing cares about being in the lower
price range, the guitar comes with wellmanaged frets and a beautiful, high quality,
maintained rosewood fingerboard.
Please let me remind you again that all
Walden guitars incorporate a 2-way adjustable
truss rod that allows you to control the exact
string height suited to your personal playing
style. Walden's 2-way truss rod also allows
for the precise tuning of your guitar's setup in
response to seasonal changes. Players can
find the best playability they desire at anytime.
Tone
After tuning the D550CE I tried a variety
of playing styles including fingerstyle,
fingerpicking and strumming. Basically, the
tone is similar to G740CE. The reason that
Although it falls in the lower price range of
Walden solid top instruments, Walden still
provides a Planet Waves acoustic guitar
humidifier so customers can protect their solid
top instruments.
The dryness of northern China has always
been a problem for acoustic guitars whose
material are mostly wood. Walden Guitars
“teaching” consumers how to protect their own
solid wood instruments is a good example for
other guitar suppliers to follow. It proves that
Walden treat their customers thoughtfully and
I applaud them for that. Please take a chance
and try Walden Guitars personally and you will
feel both its attractiveness and its high quality.
Scan the QR code
with your smartphone
to find out more
about the D550CE.
We applaud Walden Guitars for the
brilliant work.
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Natura O550 Review
by Australian Guitar (Australia)
We take a look at a petite offering from
Walden Guitars.
Walden Guitars are rapidly establishing an
enviable reputation for producing high quality,
low cost acoustic guitars. Our expectations
have routinely been pushed higher and higher
over the past decade, so that it becomes
increasingly difficult to raise the bar further,
however our initial impressions of the Walden
instruments did just that. Designed in the
U.S.A and manufactured in China, they are
an object lesson in taking advantage of the
global manufacturing paradigm — it is far too
easy these days to source a generic model
and have your logo printed on the headstock,
with predictably uninspiring result, whereas
the guitars that have been pushing the budget
envelope have utilized cheaper off-shore
manufacturing in service of solid design and
with the benefit of demonstrably proactive
quality control. The 550 has been a foundation
model in the Walden range to date, and has
previously been available in dreadnought and
grand auditorium configurations.
This year, the company expanded the range
to include orchestra and traveler versions of
the 550, and this issue we have the orchestra
version O550 for your perusal.
THE ORCHESTRA QUESTION
While the O550 is also available as a cutaway
electric-acoustic, the review model is the
plain vanilla version. This is not a problem as
it allows us to concentrate on the indigenous
tone of the guitar, which is very impressive
for a guitar that retails for $399. One of the
features that surely contributes greatly to
the quality of its output is a solid spruce
soundboard, which although much more
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common on guitars in this price range these
days, is still a wonderful development —
nothing sucks up the tone like a laminated
soundboard, and there was a time not so
long ago when any guitar in this price range
would have necessarily been stuck with one.
The back and sides are sapele, which is an
African timber closely related to mahogany. It
has become quite popular in luthiery over the
past decade, and it is an attractive tonewood,
both in terms of its figured appearance and
mellow yet clear tone. In tandem with a spruce
soundboard, sapele back and sides contribute
to create a well balanced output that is warm
without sacrificing definition, and that is as
good a description of the tone of the O550
as any. The orchestra body shape is a little
smaller than a dreadnought, and although
this inevitably sacrifices some volume, it also
helps to ensure that the O550 does not have
the strident tone that characterises so many
sub-$500 acoustic guitars.
Picking it up, the O550 is one of the most
comfortable acoustic guitars I have played.
This slightly smaller orchestra shape is very
nicely positioned when you sit to play, and
the body is about half an inch shallower than
the corresponding dreadnought model. The
result is that the string length seems more
accessible, which is particularly important
for fingerstyle players. The O550's neck is a
very subtle V-shape, which is not too deep
but still feels substantial in your hand. As we
said earlier, the O550 has a beautiful natural
tone, which is mellow and rounded without
losing any of its definition. Walden suggest
that this body shape is particularly well suited
to recording due to its focused voice, andit is
easy to agree with them. It really comes alive
when you fingerpick, its evenness allowing
each note to emerge equally, however it is just
as well suited to strumming, where its natural
restraint smooths any dynamic rough edges.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Walden O550 is an impressive instrument
regardless of price, and the fact that it retails
for so little only makes it all the more of a
stunning find. There are lots of affordable
guitars around these days, and you could
easily make the mistake of assuming that
since even the cheapest instruments are
pretty well put together these days, an entrylevel guitar is going to be pretty much equal,
however the O550 proves that is not the
case. One of the things you are looking for
in an expensive acoustic guitar is character,
and it is something you rarely encounter in
an instrument costing as little as this one,
however that is exactly what the Walden
O550 has. All in all, it is an expressive and
attractively voiced instrument that you would
not baulk at spending twice as much on.
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COUNTRY COMFORT
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Natura O550CE Review
by Akustik Gitarre (Germany)
Walden-Gitarren sind im mittleren und
Einstiegssegment immer wieder dann gefragt,
wenn es um Instrumente geht, die möglichst
viel Ton zum kleinen Preis bieten sollen.
Pünktlich zum Jahreswechsel wurde die
Einstiegsserie Natura um einige Bauformen
mit und ohne Tonabnehmer erweitert.
Neben einer Sieben-Achtel Travel- Guitar gibt
es eine neue OM-Form unter der Bezeichnung
Orchestra, die um einiges handlicher und
kleiner ist als Waldens Grand Auditorium
und die vor allem für Fingerstyle-Techniken
interessant sein dürfte.
KONSTRUKTION
Laut Herstellerangabe soll die zierliche
Orchestra, die an die bewährte alte PreWar Bauform anknüpft, auch besonders für
Gitarristinnen geeignet sein — sicher ein
nachvollziehbarer Aspekt. Das würde dann
aber für alle OM-Modelle gleich welcher
Herkunft gelten. Das vorliegende Modell hat
einen Cutaway und ein aktives Fishmann
Pickup-System zu bieten, was sie klar zur
Bühnengitarre macht, obwohl sie auch
akustisch einiges zu bieten hat. Mit einer
kreuzbeleisteten, vollmassiven Fichtendecke
bekommen wir hier von vorneherein gute
Grundvoraussetzungen; der Korpus wurde
aus Sapele-Mahogani gefertigt.Steg,
Griffbrett und Kopfplattenfurnier bestehen aus
Palisander, die Kopfplatte trägt das Logo aus
Perloid.Das ist neben den dazu passenden
Griffbrettpunkten und Korpus-,Decken- und
Schalllocheinfassungen aus Kunststoff auch
schon alles, was das zurückhaltend gestaltete
Instrument an Schmuck zu bieten hat.
Für den geschraubten Hals wurde ebenfalls
auf Mahagoni zurückgegriffen, er hat zwar wie
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alle Walden- Gitarren den in beide Richtungen
verstellbaren Biflex-Einstellstab, nicht aber
die Karbonverstärkung der SupraNaturaReihe. Für Sattel, Stegeinlage und Bridgepins
wurder weißer Kunststoff verwendet — ein
weiterer Unterschied zum Knochenmaterial
der SupraNatura. Die Verarbeitung ist sauber
wie gewohnt. Gerade vor dem Hintergrund
der Preislage bekommt man hier einen sehr
positiven Gesamteindruck.
PICKUP & ELEKTRONIK
D as Fi shman-System beinhaltet einen
koaxialen, Sonicare'-Tonabnehmer unter
d e r S t e g e i n l a g e u n d d e n Vi e r - B a n d Equalizer in der Zarge, der neben den drei
Standardreglern einen Brilliance-Regler
für mehr hochfrequenten Glanz bietet. Der
9-Volt-Block ist direkt unter der Elektronik
z u g ä n g l i c h , d i e m e n f ü r d e n We c h s e l
herauszieht. Eine schwache Batterie
zeigt die Kontroll-LED, die ansonsten bei
Inbetriebnahme kurz aufleuchtet. Das System
arbeitet grundsolide, die Saiten werden in
ihrer Lautstärke gleichmäßig übertragen, die
bedienungsfreundliche Klangreglung sollte
auch Ungeübte auf Anhieb und schnell zum
Ziel kommen lassen, zumal Fishman in der
Bedienungsanleitung Tipps und Vorschläge
bietet.
HANDHABUNG UND KLANG
Spieltechnisch gibt es bei dem zierlichen
Intsrument keine Hindernisse. Der Hals macht
das Spielen mit seinem schlanken D-Profil
leicht, die Werkseinstellung ist optimal.
Klanglich weiß die O550CE rein akustisch
mit dem für diese Bauform typisch mittig
fokussierten Ton und ihre Ausgewogenheit
zu überzeugen. Ihre Hauptstärken entwickelt
sie vor allem bei Fingerstyle-Techniken, aber
auch Strumming mit dem Plektrum kann die
Walden gut verkraften, ohne in den hohen
Mitten harsch zu werden.
Ansonsten eignet sich die Gitarre über
das gesamte Griffbrett auch gut für jazzige
Singlenote-Linien. Spieltechnische Nuancen
geraten etwas in den Hintergrund, auf
der anderen Seite reagiert die Gitarre bei
gröberer Spielweise recht gutmütig, was
in dieser Verstärkt rückt der perkussivtrockene Gesamteindruck noch mehr in den
Vondergrund, was der Gitarre einen gewissen
Charme gibt.
FAZITB
Gerade in der Einstiegsklasse ist es wichtig,
ein gut bespielbares Instrument zu bekommen,
das sich auch verstärkt problemlos bedienen
lässt. Mancher findet mit einer solchen
Gitarre sien zweites Instrument, das bei den
Ansprüchen schon für ernst gemeinte Auftritte
reichen soll.
Für solche Anforderungen ist die Walden
O550CE gut geeignet, speziell in den
wesentlichen Merkmalen wie Klang und
Bespielbarkeit. Ein Luftbefeuchter ist im Preis
inbegriffen.
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Der Hals macht das Spielen mit
seinem schlanken D-Profil leicht, die
Werkseinstellung ist optimal.
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Natura T550 Review
by Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)
Review of a compact travel guitar that's a
blast to play—even when you're not out on the
road.
For a lot of guitar players, travel guitars
are a compromise by definition. But as
smaller-bodied guitars return to vogue,
some of the industry’s most respected
builders are devoting more attention to the
quality and sound of travel- and parlor-size
instruments. Walden Guitars is now among
the manufacturers aiming to improve the sonic
possibilities of the travel-size guitar. And on
many counts, the new T550 hits the mark.
Walden isn’t yet a household name among
guitar consumers. The company began
building instruments in 1996, primarily for the
European and Canadian markets, and entered
the US market for the first time several years
later. But in that short time Walden carved out
a respectable niche in the cluttered affordableguitar market, built on a reputation for value,
quality construction, and playability. And it’s on
these fronts that the T550 delivers.
SMALL, SOLID, AND SUBDUED
Like other Waldens we’ve seen, the T550
conveys an understated air of quality right
out of the case. The satin nitrocellulose
finish is flawless and reveals a handsome
straight- and even-grained spruce top that
you’d expect to find on a more expensive
guitar. The bookmatched laminate mahogany
back, meanwhile, is quite striking in sunlight,
revealing a deep grain pattern that radiates
outward from the bass end of the body to
achieve a subtle but cool sunrise effect. It
also lends a sense that Walden is choosing its
wood and materials with considerable care.
A peek around the interior revealed the same
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attention to fit and quality. Kerfing and bracing
were both exceptionally clean.
And details like the truss-rod access —which
are often marred by the splintery by-products
of drilling on similarly priced guitars—were
spotlessly tidy. A small, tortoiseshell-colored
pickguard, black and white rosette, and
matching binding all contribute to a traditional,
classy look, and only the slim, tapered
headstock hints at any kind of contemporary
design influence.
RESONANT AND CUTTING
By virtue of their diminutive dimensions,
travel guitars can’t achieve the full-spectrum
tone or volume of a full-size guitar. But those
inherent limitations are part of what makes the
T550’s projection, presence, and character so
remarkable.The Walden can’t quite muster the
sustain you’d get from a big-bodied, full-scale
guitar, either. But the T550 makes the most
of its 7/8-scale body and compensates with
tones that are complex and versatile across
several styles.
In standard tuning, country-blues fingerpicking
sounded delightfully dry and funky, but still
quite full bodied. Single-note picking on the
third and fourth strings yielded tones that were
a bit on the angular, boxy side, but the first
and second strings rang with authority, and the
faster decay of all the notes worked well for
snappy, percussive strumming and flatpicking.
Tuned down, the Walden is surprisingly bassy.
And when I strummed some big, open drones
in my favorite C tuning, the Walden’s dry,
barky tonal tendencies gave way to a low end
rich sustain that that belied the guitar’s small
size and reinforced what a well-balanced
guitar the T550 is.The Walden’s neck feels
very substantial. And while the thick profile
made the neck feel largish compared to the
small body, it enhanced the Walden’s overall
sense of substance and quality, and more than
likely contributed to the guitar’s tuning stability
and sustain in lower open tunings.
THE WRAP
On more than a few occasions during my
time with the Walden, I would reach for the
T550 instead of a number of full-size guitars
around my house and in the office. A lot of that
has to do with the instrument’s unobtrusive
size—it’s a really easy guitar to keep sitting
next to the couch or your desk while you’re
working, listening to records, or chatting. But
it also speaks volumes about how good the
Walden sounds and feels. With its rich palette
of tones; substantial, high-quality feel; and
responsiveness, the Walden makes a travel
companion that would be a delight to spend
time with in a hotel, around the campfire,
or on the trail. It’s an ideal guitar for smaller
players and students, and it’s easy to imagine
recording situations where the Walden’s rich
but not-so-boomy voice could come in handy.
That versatility and more-than-satisfactory
sonic qualities help the Walden stand apart
from much of the affordable travel-guitar pack.
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With its rich palette of tones; substantial,
high-quality feel; and responsiveness, the
Walden makes a travel companion that
would be a delight to spend time with in a
hotel, around the campfire, or on the trail.
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Concorda CG2000CEQ Review
by Australian Magazine (Australia)
SIMPLICITY, SIMPLICITY, SIMPLICITY!
I have reviewed a couple of Walden guitars
over the past year, an orchestra body and a
dreadnought, both from the 500 series of the
Natura line. Retailing for about $400, they
were exceptionally good instruments that we
contend would have been just as compelling
at twice the price. With solid spruce tops,
and mahogany back and sides, they had the
sort of well-balanced voice that distinguishes
a good acoustic instrument, though more
than that, they had character; an indefinable
something one doesn’t usually encounter with
instruments in that price range. This issue we
are going to take a look at a considerably more
expensive Walden guitar. The CG2000CEQ
is one of the premium 2000 series models
from the Concorda line, which is basically
the gloss finished range, while Natura and
SupraNatura models are satin finished. In
addition to the orchestra bodied CO2000,
which like the review model features a Sitka
spruce top with rosewood back and sides,
there is the CG2010 (grand auditorium shape,
as is the review model, with Engelmann
spruce top and rosewood back and sides) and
the CD2040 (dreadnought with Sitka spruce
top and mahogany back and sides). All have
a mahogany neck, the 2000’s with an ebony
fretboard, the 2010 and 2040 with rosewood.
ECONOMY
Retailing for almost four times as much as
the Walden models we have seen before,
the CG2000CEQ raises our expectation
considerably – it is one thing to unexpectedly
discover character in a $400 guitar, but
we demand character (and a whole lot
more) from a guitar retailing for $1500.
Obviously materials will be superior, and the
CG2000CEQ is constructed entirely of solid
timbers, whereas the cheaper models had
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solid tops with laminated back and sides.
Of course, this issue’s review model has a
Fishman Prefix Pro preamp and cutaway,
whereas the corresponding models with such
appointments in the 500 series (albeit the
Fishman Classic 4 instead of the Prefix Pro)
retail for up to $600, which of course closes
the gap significantly.The timber used in the
making of this guitar is absolutely gorgeous.
The deep dark grain of the back and sides is
mesmerising, and the face of the headstock is
finished with a veneer of the same rosewood.
The neck is mahogany, which is also used
alongside maple in creating the elegantly
simple rosette. The Sitka spruce top is quite
blonde, and though it appears relatively plain,
there is a subtle quilting that is very attractive.
SOUNDS
The grand auditorium shape is one I like
very much. It is most similar to, but not as
waisted as the orchestra shape, both of
which are rounded and more waisted than
a dreadnought. To my ear, these shapes
produce a more focused and better-balanced
bass and mid-range, and are generally
more mellow than dreadnoughts. The grand
auditorium is a little larger than in the lower
bout than the orchestra, and indeed it shares
characteristics with what other manufacturers
might term a mini-jumbo. Though it has a
warm and balanced voice, mellow relative
to the dreadnought, you should not assume
that this one is a wallflower. The tone is rich
and powerful, and even in an ensemble with
a couple of other acoustic guitars, confidently
projects. As with the other Waldens we have
seen, balance is the key, and in that regard the
CG2000CEQ is superior. Dynamic variations
are as much about saturation as volume, and
fingerpicked passages retain their presence.
The Prefix Pro is the perfect pre-amp to
translate the CG2000CEQ’s gorgeous natural
voice, it perfectly conveys that sense of
balance and manages to capture the essence
of the instrument’s complex tone. It features a
4-band EQ (bass, mid, treble, brilliance), plus
a notch filter and phase reversal switch, and
the control panel is hinged to allow access to
the battery compartment.
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THE BOTTOM LINE
Well, the 500 series Waldens were so good,
it was difficult to imagine how the top shelf
Waldens would stack up relative to them. I
am happy to say that the high standard they
set in terms of design and construction, when
executed with premium materials, produces
an instrument that is absolutely deserving of
its place toward the top of the range. It is like
this guitar delivers on a promise that the 500
series only hinted at. The much feted character
exhibited by those earlier instruments springs
fully to life with the CG2000CEQ; it is a guitar
that can confidently play whichever role you
assign it, and all with a voice that you just
want to keep hearing.
...a guitar that can confidently play
whichever role you assign it, and all with a
voice that you just want to keep hearing.
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Concorda CG670TB Review
by Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)
Affordable grand auditorium with elegantly
understated style, a slim neck, and versatile,
full-bodied tones.
In just a few short years Walden Guitars
has carved out a stellar reputation for
manufacturing beautifully designed, wellcrafted, great-sounding guitars at affordable
prices. The instruments are built in Lilan,
China, and designed by luthiers in the United
States. Walden division head and chief
designer Jonathan Lee was an associate
of master luthier and custom-guitar builder
Charles Fox and vice president at CFox
Guitars, and the pedigree shows in Lee's
well-considered aesthetic as well as design
elements like a simulated Spanish foot and
Walden's distinctive bridge shape. All of the
Walden instruments—from the relatively
humble Standard models through the topnotch SupraNatura series—exhibit elegant
lines, superclean detailing, and understated
details that belie the bargains on the price
tags.
GLOSS FINISH, SOLID WOODS
Walden unveiled its new Concorda line of mid
price instruments earlier this year. In contrast
to the satin finishes on previous Walden
instruments, the Concorda line boasts highgloss finishes on every model, as well as solidwood tops and solid back and sides on some
models. The CG670TB, which we received
for review, is constructed with Walden's grand
auditorium body shape, which has a 15 7/8inch lower bout and a depth of 4 5/8-inches,
giving it a slightly wider lower bout than a
traditional dreadnought but a narrower upper
bout and waist. It's a bit curvier than a Martin
000, with dimensions similar to Taylor's grand
auditorium. The guitar sports a rich, carefully
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modulated tobacco sunburst on a solid
western red cedar top. The laminated sapele
back and sides and solid African mahogany
(khaya) neck are lightly stained to accentuate
the grain and contrast nicely with the darker
top. Appointments are minimal but well
chosen: White plastic binding inset with black/
white/black purfling on both top and sides
provides a richness of detail and accentuates
the curvy profile of the body shape. Black
fingerboard binding, a maple and mahogany
inlaid rosette, microdot position markers, and
a simple pearl logo complete the elegantly
understated scheme.
THIN, COMFY NECK
The overall feel of the neck was very
c o m fo r ta ble in all positions, but the 1
11/16-inch nut width resulted in tight string
spacing that might be challenging to some
fingerstylists and anyone with large hands.
However, there is sufficient room in the nut
slot to accommodate wider string spacing,
and modifying the stock instrument with a
new nut that has slightly wider spacing would
make this a more comfortable instrument
for many players. Although the stock bridge
had conventional compensation built in, the
intonation at the 12th fret on the lower strings
was a tad sharp. This wasn't noticeable in the
lower positions, and it could be corrected by
having the guitar properly set up, especially
since the action was a bit high.
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STRONG, BALANCED TONE
Walden characterizes western red cedar
as having a "dark, rich, smooth tonality"
and suggests that guitars made with cedar
tops are favored by fingerstylists and those
favoring a light touch. Although the CG670TB
sounded just fine with light fingerpicking on
some blues and folk songs, it stood up well to
more aggressive picking, and seemed to really
shine when strummed with full, open chords.
I used standard and dropped-D tunings and
played a variety of song accompaniments,
ranging from boomchuck bluegrass rhythm to
strummed pop songs. I also flatpicked some
country dance tunes—hoedowns, jugs, and
waltzes. The guitar was very comfortable to
play and worked well in all the styles I tried.
It has a pleasantly bright, full-bodied tone
that would be perfect for accompanying a
voice, flatpicking melodies, or fingerpicking
blues or folk tunes. It doesn't deliver the
bass frequencies demanded by a harddriving bluegrass rhythm machine, but nearly
everyone else should find an appropriate and
pleasing sound in this versatile guitar.
STYLISH VERSATILITY
Walden's Concorda CG670TB bundles elegant
design with easy playability and pleasing,
balanced sound at an affordable price. The
striking sunburst finish and simple, refined
appointments lend it a classy appearance that
makes this guitar stand out from the pack.
The full, well-balanced tone is appropriate
for almost any music that doesn't need a big,
thumping bass, and the comfortable neck
should please players who prefer narrow
string spacing.
Walden's Concorda CG670TB bundles
elegant design with easy playability and
pleasing, balanced sound at an affordable
price.
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Concorda CG600CE Review
by Acoustic Magazine (UK)
By virtue of its minimalistic headstock design
and distinctive scratchplate, it is its own guitar.
But does it deliver sonic individuality?
The first thing that grabbed my attention with
this guitar was the elegant body shape design,
which is not dissimilar to certain brands in the
marketplace. The cutaway adds more than
just good access to the upper registers of the
fingerboard in that it contributes to the flow
of the guitar's proportions. Further finesse is
to be enjoyed with the simple yet smart white
plastic binding and bridge pins.
The tidiness of finish on the Chinesemade
instrument is genuinely impressive. Set up
with an average height on the action, this
Walden was fun to play and will suffice as a
solid workhorse for your gigging venues. The
mahogany neck profile is just fantastic —
a shallow C cross-section. It is slim enough
to be well seated in your hand for delicate
playing and yet substantial enough to give a
great pivot for vibrato. I would have liked to
have made a small adjustment to the truss rod
to lower the action marginally, but this should
be readily achieved by asking your retailer.
It is light, well balanced, evenly fretted, with
clean fret ends. Upon inspecting the back
braces it's easy to see that they are quite tall
and well finished in their tapered profile.
Extra consideration has been taken in
assisting the live performer. The Fishman
Aero Plus preamp features a three-band
graphic EQ (bass, middle and treble), but
unlike many systems available today it also
comes equipped with some more professional
touches.There are notch, brilliance and phase
controls, all of which help provide practical
solutions to live-performance situations.
Perhaps the notch filter is the most useful part
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Note tracking is sensitive, responsive and
distinct, much in the same way as the EQ
operates with good integrity to each respective
frequency. When plugged in, the breadth of
this guitar's vocal character widens in potential
immensely. After playing for a few minutes
the battery expired and replacement was a
painless process. Access is easy as the whole
preamp rotates outward towards you. The
battery itself is held in place with a simple and
effective push-down locating clip.
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The guitar is also thoughtfully supplied with
a spare replacement saddle, bridge pin,
Allen key, and even a Plant Waves humidifier
designed to sit inside the soundhole. In
addition you are provided with a simple
booklet describing how to get the most from
your preamp along with some practically
useful suggested EQ settings for playing
fingerstyle, with scooped mids, for strumming
patterns and for cutting through the mix.
of the preamp as it whips away unwanted
frequencies which typically contribute to
feedback —a particular burden in some
venues when you have little choice but to sit
virtually on top of your amplifier. To operate
it, you set the volume to your desired level
where feedback starts to occur, and the you
gradually turn the notch filter clockwise until
the feedback is vanquished.
The brilliance pot dials in more top-end sparkle
and classy qualities to your sound. If you
have ever become frustrated with finger noise
coming from the strings when you are striving
for a clean recording, this subtle control can
also assist you with this, simply by turning it
counter-clockwise. If you are required to play
at low volumes on your gigs, you may well
find yourself using the phase switch, as it
improves the bass response and also assists
in reducing feedback at high volumes —a
versatile sidekick.
The tuner itself has a large digital format
readout of the note being played, with suitably
clear indicators for overly sharp or flat notes.
The features which are the best assets of
this guitar are the quality Fishman Aero Plus
preamp system, its rosewood back and sides,
and intonated saddle. I found the rosewood
fingerboard a little dry to my tastes, but this is
nothing a small amount of lemon oil wouldn't
rectify very quickly.
So in answer to the question, 'Does it
deliver?', the CG600CE does so, and
reasonably well at that. At £410 it represents
a great tool which may perhaps offer you
greater value for money than its more
expensive and similarly proportioned cousins.
This price point is fiercely contended, more so
than ever, so it is refreshing to see the quality
of components which make this guitar and
accompany it, adding further to its value. The
EQ system is the show-stealer and sets it up
as a fresh competitor for your consideration.
It is definitely worth your attention as a stock
guitar for your rack.
The mahogany neck profile is just fantastic
—a shallow C crosssection. It is slim enough
to be well seated in your hand for delicate
playing and yet substantial enough to give
a great pivot for vibrato.
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Concorda CS500CE Review
by Guitar Magazine (Germany)
A Rockin’ Stage Hog!
Neck: thick as a baseball bat. Top: like Bob
Dylan played it since he was a kid. Pickup:
nonexistent. It’s quite useless when a guitar
isn’t suitable for the stage. Fortunately,
Walden provides a great alternative at a great
price.There are compelling arguments against
bringing your 50 year old vintage guitar on
stage and we question if the audience can
even hear the difference between this readymade instrument and the guitar Jimi Hendrix
was rumored to use for his only acoustic
recording. This is the reason why we reviewed
the Walden Concorda CS500CE, an attractive
model that applies for the stage with a fullsized [body], thin side [depth], and an onboard preamp.
Kudos for the sorely needed second strap
pin; a prerequisite to really rock onstage.
Furthermore, the neck is joined to a gloss
finished rosewood body whose generous
cutaway suits playing the high registers. The
strings pass over a rosewood bridge and
fingerboard into smooth tuning machines on
a rosewood decorated headstock. Preamp is
a Fishman Aero+ with on-board tuner. With a
notch and phase-shift it has two tools against
feedback and interference.
The first strums generate a driving and
warm sound that resonates in the ear. The
midpitches provide a concise and fat tone. The
CS500CE is made for jamming, warm acoustic
sounds à la “Rock´n´Roll will never die”. Only
for campfire songs and delicate picking do the
treble strings lack a bit of content.
A preamp – what for? The Aero+ enables
boundless alternatives. Remarkable is the
high acoustic volume without blurring and
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wheezing. With the well functioning equalizer
only the player decides the natural sound. Any
way you strum your Walden, she gives it all
back. She responds dynamically and carries
forward every single nuance without losing
her good tone. With the amplifier beautiful
overtones become more noticeable. If you pull
down the bass and mid frequencies a little you
get a balanced sound with a touch of treble,
perfect for both strumming and picking. The
Walden’s precision reveals your every mistake
– so strictly practice your arpeggios! Of course
solo playing is allowed. But be mindful of
the brilliance-controller that, if carelessly set,
makes the tone appear artificial.
This one’s a winner!
Put away your vintage axes! There are more
important things on stage than nostalgia.
Whoever carries the attractive Walden
CS500CE on stage will be rewarded with a
rich sound with lots of harmonics, and also
enjoy the important subtleties for gentle
playing. The great Fishman preamp balances
any unamplified weaknesses and really makes
this acoustic guitar a real “stage hog.”
Any way you strum your Walden, she gives it all back. She responds dynamically and carries
forward every single nuance without losing her good tone.
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Natura N730 Classical Nylon Review
by Acoustic Magazine (UK)
The acid test with classical guitars is how
the top three strings respond, especially in
the higher positions. The N730 scores well
in all departments. It has a consistency of
tonal quality, producing a solid core sound
throughout the entire range and an even
sustain, especially above the seventh fret on
the first string.
Quality materials, beautiful finish and great
sound! Walden Guitars have scored again with
the N730, a great guitar at an unbelievable
price.
Walden Guitars have established a reputation
for producing high quality instruments at
very competitive prices. Their instruments
are designed in America, built in China, and
clearly demonstrate that a properly managed
overseas manufacturing operation can
produce quality instruments at a fraction of
the price of an entirely home-grown effort. The
N730 classical guitar follows in this tradition
and for the price the result is excellent.
This instrument looks, plays and sounds like
Walden have really taken serious note of
guitarists’/guitar teachers’ opinions of what
they would like to see in an entry level guitar.
Build and Features
The most striking and immediately obvious
feature is the finish. Satin nitrocellulose
lacquer, thinly applied, gives this guitar
a natural, elegant and subtle aesthetic,
enhancing the clean, simple and uncluttered
lines of the instrument.
An understated abalone rosette complements
the natural appearance of the top. The
soundboard is fine-grained solid western
cedar, with solid Indian rosewood back,
rosewood sides and fingerboard. Hauser/
Torres inspired fan bracing, traditional
rosewood bridge and saddle construction,
and standard 650mm scale length ensure the
N730 remains true to its heritage.
A cedar top generally gives an immediate and
robust response and plays in quicker than
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wood to breathe, move and resonate. I had
to remind myself on more than one occasion
that this is an entry-level guitar and comment
accordingly.
The string set-up is excellent and, importantly,
the distance from the first string to the edge
of the fretboard is sufficient to allow space for
correctly executed ligados (not enough space
is a common problem). The neck contours
enable a comfortable playing experience, and
the satin finish also ensures that the thumb
glides smoothly along the back of the neck,
with none of the drag sometimes associated
with gloss lacquer.
spruce, so in the few days I had this guitar I
noticed the instrument developing.The overall
tone is resonant and clear, with an abundance
of overtones, and for a guitar of this price quite
remarkable. As is often the case with cedar
tops you don’t need to coax the sound out as
you sometimes have to with spruce — it’s just
there, punchy and bold. The balance between
bass and treble tends to lean towards the
bass — usual in new nylon-strung instruments
— but with a little more playing the treble
should develop further.
Sounds
The instrument responds well to a wide range
of dynamic demands.The bass response is
positive over the entire range and has a belllike clarity in mid register. The treble is clear
and bright with more than enough sustain in
the upper register and no wolf notes. This
guitar is loud, a result not just of the excellent
materials and craftsmanship, but also the
minimal use of finishing lacquer allowing the
The overall tone is resonant and clear, with
an abundance of overtones, and for a guitar
of this price quite remarkable.
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Natura N570: Votez vert!
by Guitar Classique (France)
Hohner distribue depuis longtemps des
instruments à des prix très raisonnables et
contribue à la démocratisation de la musique.
Cette guitare est conforme à cette démarche
honorable et indispensable dans le paysage
de la lutherie grand public.
La Walden Natura se présente sous une
apparence un peu <<écolo>> apte à séduire
plus d'un ou une jeune guitariste. Avec sa
robe entièrement satinée, la Natura N570 a un
petit air de guitare ancienne.
Les coloris assez vieux bois de la table et des
éclisses renforcent ce look pas désagréable.
On a une table massive en cèdre (ou en
épicéa au choix) entourée d'éclisses d'acajou
africain. Ce même acajou constitue le
manche, qui supporte lui-même une touche
en palissandre de dix-neif cases. La tête
est plaquée de palissandre et équipée de
robustes et standard mécaniques dorées. La
finition est simple: une rosace assez rustique
dans les tons vert-jaune, un filet sur toutes les
bordures de table ou d'éclisses, ainsi qu'un
gros filet noir sur la séparation des deux demifonds.
Le barrage d'épicéa est en forme de X allégé.
Le tout est recouvert d'un vernis satiné à base
de plantes –(merci pour la nature), qui semble
fin et laisse respirer le bois. La Walden est
simple et pas frimeuse.
Prise en main et sonorité
Elle s'apprivoise vite et on la sent bien en
place malgré un très léger excès de poids
côté manche. Il est peut-être dû au système
de réglage dont celui-ci est équipé et auquel
on accède par une vis, visible sous la touche
dans la rosace. Certains pourront penser
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que le talon est un peu trop prononcé et que
les démanchés dans l'extrême aigu sont une
question de point de vue. Le confort est très
satisfaissant des deux côtés, avec une action
de main gauche particulièrement basse. La
contrepartie c'est qu'un jeu puissant amènera
un petit frisement.
Dans ce cas, nous suggérons donc un réglage
légèrement plus haut à la douzième case. En
première position, nous avons constaté un
angle pointu du sillet qui s'enfonce dans le
premier doigt en case de barré (par exemple,
sur un accord de Si bémol Majeur). C'est
un petit problème de finition trés simple à
éviter, et qui se corrige d'un petit coup de
lime. La sonorité est assez généreuse et
longue. En tout cas, largement suffisante
pour obtenir de l'expression musicale dans
un répertoire simple. La couleur du son est
plaisante, pas fatigante à l'oreille, et c'est
un sérieux atout pour un instrument a priori
destiné au débutant. En somme, une un étui
Deluxe rigide et un petit cadeau en prime, un
hydromètre Planet Waves pour prende soin
de la belle.
La couleur du son est plaisante, pas fatigante à l'oreille, et c'est un sérieux atout pour un
instrument a priori destiné au débutant. En somme, une guitare sympathique et économique,
intéressante, même si un effort reste à fournir au niveau des réglages.
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The following pages contain stories
from real players (including Walden
international artists and worldwide
owners) about 14 of Walden's popular
models: G3000, G2070, G3030CEQ,
G1070CEQ, N2030, G740CE, G730,
G 6 3 0 C E , G 5 7 0 f a m i l y, D 5 5 0 , D 5 6 0
family, T550, O550, and D552. Potential
customers conduct independent research
and seek information from musicians
as well as other customers who have
purchased similar products. In addition,
your music reflects your life, so does your
guitar. Look at the choices they made.
We trust that you will be as inspired by
Artist & Owner Reviews
these Walden friends’ stories as we are.
In the end, these experiences are the
true reward for making great instruments
and it is why we are in the guitar
business.
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My choices matter
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SupraNatura G3000
“I’ve played a Walden SupraNatura G3000 for
quite a while now. This steel string guitar is
more than just worth its money! It enlightens
the room with its open voice and is rich in
harmonics. The Walden is comfortably to
handle and easy to play. I love to use my
Walden in my project studio for extreme
strumming. It also performs very well when
playing pop ballads with a pick. It’s an allrounder which inspires me to try new things.
My guitar students and I are enthusiastic about
both the SupraNatura series as well as about
the lower price ranges. If you think about
getting a better guitar you should definitely
think about getting a Walden. You’ll get a lot
guitar for medium money!”
Andreas Oberholz
Walden German Artist
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“This is 'my path' to finding my Walden guitar
- G3000. At the age of 8 I had classical guitar
lessons till I was 16. From the age of 16 –
20 years old I played all sorts of music still
using my classical guitars. It wasn’t until I saw
Antoine Dufour’s song 'Spiritual Groove' off
Youtube when I was 20 years old that my life
changed in terms of guitar playing. The likes
of Don Ross, Andy Mckee and Antoine Dufour
play a type of Fingerstyle Percussive playing
involving technical techniques like harmonic
tapping on a sort of grand auditorium/jumbo
shaped acoustic guitar.
“So, eagerly having this desire to dive straight
into this style of guitar playing, I needed
an acoustic guitar of this nature. Having no
knowledge or experience in acoustic guitar
brands, I knew one thing: I wanted the same
style of guitar as these amazing guitarists.
After a long time searching the internet I came
across the G3000 and I fell in love with it. I
loved its dark, thick Indian Rosewood back
and sides, satin finish and its neck. You also
receive a hardback case, which looks just as
beautiful as the guitar itself! I was impressed
with the price and the clear sound it produces
from a harmonic tap, it’s amazing!
“I actually told one of my good friends, who
has the same guitar background, about
Walden and he also fell in love with the G2070.
Being 6 months down the line since we both
bought our Walden guitars, we love playing
them and they're our treasured possessions.
Walden’s G3000 guitar has met my needs and
desires in providing me with a beautiful guitar
with the clear and perfect sounds I want.
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“This is 'my path, my dream. My Walden'
story.”
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Glen Kingsley Ewing
UK
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SupraNatura G2070
“I am a middle-aged, short woman with small
hands and I decided I wanted to take guitar
lessons. I have been using a Washburn 3/4
size guitar (a model Washburn doesn't make
anymore) because the neck on a full-sized
guitar is just too wide for me. So, even though
the Washburn guitar is all right, I decided I
wanted a new guitar.
“I went to the internet and started studying up
on different guitar makers, and I ran across an
article about the new narrow necks on your
guitars. I went to your website and checked
out the guitars. Listened to the different artists
playing different models of your guitars and
decided I liked the G2070.
“I love the quick response to finger picking
— the sound springs off the top in such a
lively manner...there seems to be a natural
compression in these guitars.”
Michael Mucklow
Walden USA Artist
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“Well, the closest dealer to me is over 2 hours
away so that is why I went to eBay. Anyway,
I bought this guitar and got it delivered to me
Friday and I have spent a lot of this weekend
playing it. It is everything your website said it
would be and I love it!
“The guitar has an amazing crisp and precise
top end, yet has awesome bass tones and
nicely rounded mids, an ideal sound for my
style, that coupled with a very responsive
design and a superbly ergonomic neck profile
makes this the best guitar I have played since
I began some 15 years ago.”
“The neck is just right for me. It is the same
size (if not a little narrower) as my 3/4 size
guitar yet it has this wonderful, resonant sound
of a full size guitar because it is one. I love the
way it is made and think it is just gorgeous.
Just thought I would let you know what I think
of it. I am going to tell all the women guitar
players I know about your guitars. Thanks for
a great guitar!”
Robin Riley
Evansville, IN, USA
“I have played fingerstyle guitar for 25
to 30 years. My last name is Walden (no
connection), which led to my initial curiosity
about Walden guitars. I recently bought a
G2070, and feel blessed. It is difficult for me
to imagine that any other guitar at any price
could be significantly better in aesthetics,
playability, or sound. It’s like a handmade
custom instrument. This thing is as clear
as a bell, and set up perfectly. I would be
embarrassed to tell you what a deal I got on it.
I own several other steel string and classical
guitars. Over time, I intend to replace them
all with Walden models. Thanks a million for
making these guitars available at such a great
price. Walden Guitars has to be one of the
biggest made-in-China success stories.”
Wayne Walden
North Muskegon, Michigan, USA
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Dave Warren
Walden UK Artist
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“My Walden G3030CEQ is a top instrument
that I don´t want to miss anymore, neither on
stage nor in the studio.”
SupraNatura G3030CEQ
Daniel Wagner
Guitarist of 4backwoods
Walden German Artist
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“I like its raw tone a lot, bright and powerful
and yet finger picks beautifully.”
Joe Brooks
Walden UK Artist
myspace.com/joebrooksmusic
“Its extreme playability makes the Walden
G3030CEQ the guitar everyone has ever
dreamed of.”
Jean-François
Walden French Artist
“I love my Walden G3030CEQ. It's rich but
bright, and incredibly easy to play, which
I really appreciate as a finger-style guitar
player. Its extended highs and lows give me a
nice, full sound, and its tone cradles my voice
perfectly.”
Michelle Lewis
Walden USA Artist
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“I have got to say it has to be one of the best
acoustic guitars I have played in many years.
It felt like an 'old' guitar from the moment I
picked it up and started playing (that's a good
thing I hope you know)!”
Dizzy G Gillespie
Walden USA Artist
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“I love my SuperNatura G3030CEQ. Plugged
on stage, with microphones in the studio or
totally unplugged: its natural warm sound
with strumming, the sparkling brilliance with
fingerpicking and the dynamic sustain in
playing solo inspire me time and time again.
These characteristics linked with its excellent
workmanship and elegant finish make it a real
piece of jewelry that I don´t want to put down.”
Tobi Born
Guitarist of Nadine Kraemer Band
Walden German Artist
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SupraNatura G1070CEQ
“I have owned many guitars and my Walden
is by far the sweetest sounding one of them.
Sweet highs, gentle mids, and basses that are
full without being boomy. The neck is perfect
for my hands and fast runs are smooth all
the way up and down the neck. The Fishman
Prefix perfectly recreates the acoustic sound
of the guitar and it's simple to dial in a great
sound. This will be my main guitar both on
and off the road. I simply could not be happier.
Great job!”
Scott Bravo
Walden USA Artist
myspace.com/scottbravomusic
“I really love my G1070CEQ. I use it both live
and in the studio. It has great feel, sounds
great and looks cool too! It's also a great
writing tool. Having the pickup makes it super
easy for writing demos.”
Mike Krompass
Walden USA Artist
myspace.com/mikek
“Walden Guitar has helped me compose and
express the true me;
Walden Guitar enables me more freedom;
Walden Guitar makes it easy to pray, compose
and be free.”
“The Walden lies very well in the hand and
is easily playable. It convinces with its warm
sound and I very much like the simple design.
A really beautiful guitar that perfectly fits my
music with its true sound.”
Nadine Kraemer
Walden German Artist
nadinekraemerband.com
“This is a guitar with a strong character,
perfect for playing chords and melodies. The
guys at Walden have spent a lot of time in
developing a great sounding instrument. With
perfect tuning stability and a superb feeling,
it is able to capture the attention of both the
player and the audience! The Walden Paolo
Gianolio Signature is an acoustic guitar that I
would and could really recommend to all of my
guitar player colleagues!”
Paolo Gianolio
Walden Italian Artist
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“This is a top shelf guitar in so many respects,
and its available to folks in a way most guitars
of this caliber would only be dreamed of. If you
dream of one day owning a truly fine acoustic
guitar but feel that it's just out of reach —
guess again! That day is here.”
Sean Harkness
Walden USA Artist
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Maite Kelly
Walden German Artist
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SupraNatura N2030
“ I p l a y a Wa l d e n S u p r a N a t u r a
N2030. This one is just ingenious
and easily playable with it´s smallish
distance between the strings and
fingerboard. Barrés work is troublefree, something that can be a decisive
factor for beginners and really
recommends buying a Walden guitar.
And you get an unbeatable value for a
commendable price.”
Sonja Ullmer
Walden German Artist
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“My Walden guitars (steel and nylon
strings) are in constant use, live and
in the studio. They sound great, are
easily playable and do really amuse.”
Tobias Meinen
Walden German Artist
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Natura G740CE
“I've owned Martin guitars in the past and tried many guitars before making my most recent
purchase (Martin, Taylor, Alvarz, Breedlove, Atlas, Takamine) and have to say that I'm really
impressed by the playability, sound and value of your guitars. Thanks for making such a guitar
available for those of us that don't have thousands of dollars to spend, but still want a good
sound.”
Derek R.
“Bought a G740CE last Fall and like it so well that I just bought a G630CE for open G tuning and
slide. After playing dreadnoughts for many years I find the G-body more comfortable and with a
better-balanced sound than most larger guitars.”
Charlie A.
Thunder Bay, Ontario, USA
“Walden is a versatile guitar appealing to various genres allowing for a variety of uses from one
single guitar.”
Justin Willet
Walden USA Artist
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Natura G730
“When I recorded 'Rest Now (Reprise)' I was stunned at how the guitar recorded so effortlessly.
By that I mean there was little EQ used and Reverb was only for flavor. The guitar is now 5
months in my possession. It has gotten better and better and there is a personality that comes
out of this instrument that just makes me smile.
“You know that Walden is the first choice of mine when recommending a guitar.
“It must make you smile to know how many people love these instruments. I sure do. I think I
sold another one tonight... A guy who is coming to my studio for a recording project played it and
FELL IN LOVE ! I told him to go to Play It Again Music in Ann Arbor, MI and buy himself one.
He seemed pretty interested. He asked if he could use mine in the studio if needs be. I said of
course.
“So now I am getting a G570... Tho I am awfully tempted by the O550.... We'll have to see.
Anyway thanks again for these fine instruments... I am a fan for life. I have a pretty big stable of
guitars but I will buy more Waldens and sell others I don't like as much.
“This is my Walden with a student's new G570 and is she ever happy! She wants me to record
with it so my next unheard of "greatest hit" will be with hers and mine Gs.”
Cliff Sullins
“My new Walden guitar delivers a rich, warm tone which turns any concert venue into a living
room with a small fireplace, blanket and hot cup of coffee.”
Jeremy Willet
Walden USA Artist
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“I absolutely adore my Walden. I have recently bought a G630CE and without doubt, it is my
favourite acoustic.
Natura G630CE
“I have been playing for 30 years, during that time I have horse traded so many guitars I can't
count them all. In the late 90's with a new job and starting a family — my music went into the
closet. Now my daughter does not need so much attention lavished on her — I have in the past
two years got back into playing guitar again.
“I have played guitar on and off for about 27 years and, although I am pretty proficient in various
styles of electric and acoustic type music, I am not a professional musician. I do know a good
instrument when I see one though, and I have had the opportunity to play quality instruments
such as Martin, Taylor, Ovation, Takamine, etc.
“I bought my G630CE from eBay as a new but blemished due to two tiny hairline cracks in the
lacquer, so I paid only about one third of the normal United Kingdom retail price. Because of that
I knew I would be getting a pretty good instrument for a bargain price, but this did not prepare me
for what I discovered when I opened the box.
“The guitar was presented very well in its standard cardboard box, and comes with a great little
humidifier and full instructions for that and the electrics. I was a little worried about the darkness
of the back and sides and feared that it may be inferior wood or plywood stained to emulate
rosewood very convincingly, but quickly discovered that not only are the back and sides good
tonewoods, but the cedar top is of a close-grained quality that is quite rare these days. The finish
quality is as perfect as one can hope for in a natural wood instrument, and the fretwork was
immaculate. The only thing I would say is that the bridge and fingerboard do need some feeding
as they look and feel a bit dry, but this is normal and should be done regularly by the user
anyway.
“I could feel the resonance even by handling the guitar before tuning it to pitch which was done
accurately with the quality gold coloured machine heads that enhance the appearance. Wow!
The guitar sang sweetly and stayed in tune after a quick stretch of the strings and a re-tune. The
intonation is spot on, and harmonics ring out better than any other acoustic I have played. The
neck is very comfortable and string spacing feels somewhere between a standard steel string
acoustic and a Fender Stratocaster, so it's easy to get an immediate feel for the fretboard.
“The Fishman Classic 4 transducer does not let the guitar down when plugged in. Even though
I first tested it on a little 10 watt Ibanez acoustic amp, the tones were true and very lively. The
graphic equaliser works very well when playing through different amps and altering playing style,
and gives enough variation and compensation for just about anyone's needs. I tried to make it
boom and feed back, but I found it almost impossible where much more expensive guitars have
annoyingly done so without trying.
“I have too many strats, 335's and some home brew guitars. I wanted a nice classy acoustic,
but just could not find what I was looking for — until I found Walden. The balance of sound is
just perfect, the resonance is to die for. The intonation as supplied was perfect and makes the
harmonics just ring. I play all sorts of genres and have used this from classical pieces, through
jazz and blues, to rock and experimental.
“Thank you Walden for producing my most prized guitar — a guitar that will get even better over
time. This one will stay with me forever, it's a keeper and a joy to play.”
Ian J Cowan
Washington, UK
“It took me four years to find my true love (a Gretsch Sierra Jumbo with the Fishman 'prefix') but
your G630CE beat it out....I've owned Martins, Epiphones, a Gibson, a Guild, a Blueridge, Jay
Tursers, Washburns and many others within the $500 to $800 range. I purchased the Walden for
less money and it's better than any of these.”
Steve Bottcher
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“I'm going to love playing this guitar, and I would recommend this model to any serious amateur
or professional musician without reservation at the full retail price. In other words, my bargain
purchase is not flavouring my perceptions of what is a quality instrument.”
Bill Dalziel
Scotland
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“Today I got my new Walden, a lovely G570TB. I am still surprised at the cost since to me it
sounds and plays and seems built and set up like a much dearer instrument. I initially played the
all solid and more expensive G3000 at Manson’s guitar show last weekend in the UK, but I liked
the cedar top of the 570 and the price too! I would add that I have played guitars by Freshman,
Yamaha, Takamine and Tanglewood in this price range and up to about £500 and although very
good, I can say that to my ears this guitar is better. Owing to the low cost of the Walden and a
favourable p/x deal I was also able to afford a dreadnought I had my eye on as well, so I can now
benefit from two totally different bodied guitars giving me a broader range of sound.”
Natura G570 Family
“I just bought a G570, and I’m astounded by the amount of quality and tone packed into such an
inexpensive package. I’ve owned a LOT of nice guitars over 25 years, some as much as 5 times
the price of the G570, and this one can hold its own against any of them. Thanks Walden!”
Rob S.
Needham, MA, USA
“I am the proud 2nd place winner of your G570 through the Walden Giveaway with Playguitar!
What a beautiful guitar! The tone and action are perfect for me. It's even caused me to venture
out of the woodshed and into a small band. Not a bad start for a 52 year old that's been stuck in
the same chords and simple riffs for the last 30 years, eh?”
Matt Allen
Exeter, UK
“It was love at first sight! When the Walden G570TB became available I bought her at first
chance. What a beautiful looking guitar as well as an amazing sounding guitar! Still can't get over
the price! I will be forever, a life-long Walden guitar fan. Thanks.”
Trina B.
Ogden Dunes, IN, USA
Dave Middleton
“I picked up my Walden G570CE about a year ago and it was absolutely love at first sight. I
personally have always been a dreadnaught fan but the feel of the Grand Auditorium blew me
away. Walden’s are becoming extremely popular among my friends and fellow pickers. A close
friend of mine that I perform with took one look at my Walden, played for about ten minutes
and then went out and purchased one identical to mine. We have since had to have our names
stitched into our gig bags to tell our instruments apart. I was asked one Saturday night at an
open mic night if I liked my Taylor I was playing and my only response was, 'You must be
mistaken, I only play Walden guitars.' Thanks so much for producing a guitar that sounds like a
million dollars but doesn’t cost it.”
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John Hudson
Spartanburg, SC
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“The fit and finish are very good, the playability
is very very good, and the tone is a cross
between Martin and Taylor. Every string plays
true with punchy trebles and a very present
bass. I am very pleased.”
Natura D550
Tom Gindorf
“I just purchased, yesterday, a D550 and
absolutely love it! I feel like the luckiest 58year old guy in the world. It was the only
Walden in the store, hanging among Martin's,
Larivee's, Gibson's, Cort's, Seagull's,
Fender's, Epiphone's, and others. Although
many of those others were excellent guitars,
when I played the Walden D550 it had the
most wonderful, musical voice I could imagine.
The fit and finish superb in every detail. The
set-up and action were perfect. My fingers
glide effortlessly up and down the silky
fretboard, and the strings do not screech when
sliding over them. Moreover the string spacing
is great for fingerstyle playing. I cannot believe
how easy this instrument is to play. The string
tension in regular tuning seems so relaxed,
and yet the tonal qualities do not degrade
under moderately heavy strumming. The
strings are so very easy to press down, and
yet there is no buzzing.”
“I recently purchased a nice affordable Walden
D550 acoustic guitar for a friend that wanted
to learn how to play. I looked around a few
stores and the guitars in that price range were
typically in need of severe adjustments, then
I came across the Walden Guitars. This guitar
played nicely right off the shelf with a nice rich
tone and the factory setup was great. For the
money I figured she couldn't go wrong. So I
gave a few lessons and the more I played this
guitar the more I liked it. So after a few nights
on the web and reading up on Walden Guitars
I've taken the plunge and just ordered a 12
String D552, a G3000 and a G1070CEQ for
my own personal use. The quality of the parts
and workmanship is fantastic and make these
the best value in acoustic guitars that I have
seen in years. Keep up the great work!”
Paul Toracinta
From Rockville, RI, USA
Ralph Fourt
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“I have been playing acoustic guitar since I
was 8 and I am 42 years old. I play for my
own enjoyment and never really have had any
desire to be a professional player but I have
owned a lot of different low priced guitars over
the years. I have owned Washburn's, Ovation,
Alvarez and Oscar Schmitt to name a few.
made by Martin or even some of your lower
priced Taylors. I own a ESP-LTD EC-100 and
a Jay Turser Tele but the guitar I seem to not
be able to go more than a day without picking
up and playing is my Walden D550. This guitar
feels as good as it sounds and I could not
be happier with it. If your looking for a quality
guitar that is pleasing to the ear snag yourself
a Walden, you will be glad you did.”
Scott Tuckness
“With a wife and 3 kids to support going out
and snagging a Taylor or Martin is not going
to happen so when I was looking to get rid
of a Jumbo sized acoustic I went shopping.
A little place by the name of P-Hill auctions
in Pleasant Hill Missouri was selling some
Walden's, so I got curious and being an
IT manager for GE I research everything I
purchase. While I could not find a lot of ink on
Walden guitars what I did find was nothing but
good. Normally you find 50% of the people
love a brand and the other 50% hate them and
start talking about the action being too high
or the tuning keys being horrible or the neck
not having a good feel and of course the most
important thing about any guitar: TONE.
“Finally I went to P-Hill played a Epiphone, Jay
Turser and a Washburn D-10S before I picked
up the Walden D550. While it did not have
fancy tobacco sunburst or blue or red shiny
paint job it was nice looking in a natural way,
thus natural finish. However I tuned this guitar
up, and starting playing some chords and the
tone of this guitar just about knocked me off
the stool I was sitting on.
“Folks this guitar has tone that I believe could
stand up against 800 to 900 dollar guitars
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Natura D560 Family
“I was in the market for a new acoustic guitar
to take traveling and to the beach when a
good friend of mine told me about Walden
guitars. I had never heard of Walden but he
had bought one and was very happy with
it. I went to the local dealer and tried the
D550 and D560 models and said to the store
owner 'these sound and play pretty damn fine
for a $200 guitar!' He told me he had sold
several hundred of them and has never had a
complaint or return.
“After trying out about 20 different guitars I
decided to purchase a D560. I just wanted to
let you know after playing it for about a week
I am now more pleased than I was when I
first brought it home. Thank you for making a
quality guitar at an affordable price.”
“I eventually bought a Larrivee 6-string
acoustic at 5 times the cost but could not keep
my mind off the Walden. Since I was unwilling
to bring the Larrivee to the beach I went and
purchased a Walden D560. The Walden D560
is a proud member of my small but high quality
guitar collection, which includes the Larrivee,
a Guild 12-string, an American Fender
Stratocaster and a Fender Telecaster. The
Walden is my travel and party guitar, mostly
because of its low price point, but the quality is
that of a guitar 3 times the cost and I care for
it the same as the other guitars I own. It plays
and sounds better than several Martins I tried
which cost between $1200 and $1500!
“I bought a D560CE a few days ago having
tried offerings from Tanglewood, Takemine
and Fender. My gigging guitar is a Takemine
12-string which cost a helluva lot more than
the D560CE. However, for tonal quality,
body and neck finish and overall playability,
the D560CE is absolutely brilliant. I have
been playing guitars for over 45 years. In
that time I have owned a plethora of brands,
including Gibsons, Gretsches, Fenders and
Rickenbachers. The D560CE, penny for
penny, beats all these hands down. Well done,
Walden. I shall be recommending your guitars
to my playing friends.”
“Thank you for making such a quality product
for such a low price point. Walden is far and
away the best value in acoustic guitars for the
budget minded musician.”
Fraser L.
Amble, Northumberland, England
Robert Kung
Victoria BC, Canada
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Drew Smith
“Toco desde os 14 anos e nunca tinha ouvido falar da marca Walden aqui no Brasil. Hoje
tenho 29, e a há um ano atrás, ao procurar por um bom violão elétrico que mbinasse preço,
sonoridade, afinação, qualidade das matérias-primas e um acabamento bem feito, só encontrei
no meu Walden D560CE, foi amor ao primeiro acorde. No princípio fiquei desconfiado porque
nunca havia ouvido falar de tal marca, nenhum dos meus amigos tinha ou conhecia tais violões.
Tive muita sorte quando o atendente me ofereceu para testar um violão que eu sequer tinha
percebido na loja. Sou apaixonado pelo meu Walden. Plugadou ou não, é o som que eu sempre
esperei de um violão.
English translation:
“I've played since I was 14 years old and had never heard of Walden here in Brazil. Today I'm
29 years old and last year I was looking for a good electric guitar that combined price, sound,
refinement, quality materials and a good finish. I found it only in my Walden D560CE and it was
love at the first chord. In the beginning I was distrustful because I have never heard of the brand
and none of my friends had or knew of these guitars. I was very lucky when the salesman let
me test it so I could hear what it sounded like in the store. I have gotten passionate about my
Walden. Plugged or unplugged, it's the sound that I have always wanted from a guitar.”
V. Zotelli
São Paulo, Brasil
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Natura T550 Travel Guitar
“With a great acoustic sound for the studio and
the more intimate venues, the T550 is also
small-bodied enough to avoid feedback issues
when equipped with a pick-up and plugged in
for the big stage. It is reliable, versatile and
has a tone entirely its own — just what I've
been looking for.”
Andres Roots
Guitarist of Bullfrog Brown band
Walden Estonia Artist
myspace.com/bullfrogbrown
“Just unpacked my Walden travel guitar. I'm
speechless, it sounds great first and most
importantly. It's beautiful, it was in tune out
of the box, the gigbag is great and there is a
humidifier! I can't believe it, how do you do it?
My baby Taylor sounds like a toy compared
to the Walden. I have to work in Switzerland
unfortunately even though I live in Torino, Italy,
but you guys just gave me some help to get
up in the morning and go through my work
days knowing that when I get home I have a
real guitar to play even though all my axes are
back in Torino.”
Paolo
Torino, Italy
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Natura O550 Ochestra Model
“I´ve chosen the Walden Orchestra O550CE. Her body is comfortably small, but anyhow it
sounds warm and pressing. It is perfect for live sessions and sounds exactly the way I wished
for. The sound is sparkling, but also deep and warm.”
“The O550 has the same Walden qualities of sound as the other models I own and/or have
played. There's an 'air' or 'lightness' to the tone. I've just never been able to aptly define it with
words. This guitar also has that quick response, 'snappiness', off the soundboard that I've
personally come to really like about Waldens. I like what I hear, especially with regard to how
nicely it recorded. The O550 will be used for a song or two on my next Fingerstyle CD.
“I find the tone to be a bit similar to a parlor guitar I own. Yet, overall, it does have the OM type
sound which is comparable to the nicer OM style guitars that are in the $1400-2000 price range.
But you know yourself how subjective guitar tone is.
“Yeah, I like what I hear with the O550...definitely!”
John Goldtrain
Walden German Artist
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Michael Mucklow
Walden USA Artist
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Natura D552
“I've had my D552 for about a month. I love
it. It plays well and holds tune very nicely.
This is my first (and probably only) 12 string.
I've heard they can be hard to tune and keep
tuned, but this one does very well. I play it and
my D550E about equally leading praise and
worship in the church I attend. Thanks for two
great instruments.”
. J. Smith of Seven Springs Church
Calera, AL, USA
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“My wife bought me a D552 for Christmas.
What a fantastic gift! I had played many
other 12 string guitars at a local music store,
including Fenders, Seagulls, and Taylors.
I found the Walden D552 be be a very
comfortable 12 string to play. This is a guitar
sounds excellent and was my favorite of the
lot. An incredible value as well. Everyone that
has seen and played my Walden is amazed
by how great it sounds and how great they
compare to other 12 strings.”
Robert Jacobson
Chicco, CA, USA
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“I let my brother and three other friends try
my Waldens and none of them believed the
quality, and the voice on such affordable
guitars. Bottom line, they now all own one.”
Michael C.
Troy, NY, USA
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“I traded in my Yamaha 12 string for a brand
new D350CEB for my 12 year old son. This
guitar, even for being on the entry level of
Walden, is fantastic! He loves it. Hell, I love
it! It's very comfortable/easy to play and
sounds great....not to mention it's great
looking black gloss finish. Also, I sold my
'Little Martin' and picked up the D552 for my
son for Christmas. It arrived and I had to take
it out and try it before I wrapped it and put it
away. What a great sounding guitar. Blows
that Yamaha away by a long shot! This D552
is also comfortable/easy to play and sounds
incredible. Keep up the good work! I don't
know how many more Walden's one family
can have! It amazes me that with this quality
(and price point) that Walden's aren't more
common.”
Steve Valenti
Weston, CT, USA
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