Continuing the company’s well-established ‘heavenly-bodies’ naming convention, this new Faith Guitar model is a Neptune Baby Jumbo shape, but is differentiated by the all-Mango tonewood choice and the beautiful ‘Blue Moon’ blue-burst finish.
“Patrick Eggle and I have always been intrigued by the wonderful array of woods available in Indonesia,” says Alex Mew, Faith Guitars’ brand director. “We first experimented with an all-Mango guitar a couple of years ago, and really liked what we found. It’s quite different in its tonal delivery to a Spruce or Cedar topped guitar, so we were conscious that we needed to secure appropriate grade wood before testing the final body design. Patrick then settled on the stunning blue-burst finish which helps show off the mango’s natural grain variation wonderfully, and which in turn makes each guitar truly unique.”
With their workshops based in Indonesia, Faith Guitars have long been keen to source as much tonewood close to their manufacturing base as possible. The fruits of this endeavour can be seen throughout the guitar ranges with Indonesian Mahogany, Indonesian Rosewood and Macassar Ebony featuring heavily, plus the use of Javan Trembesi another Indigenous tonewood, used to stunning effect on the award-winning ‘Blood Moon’ series.
In terms of sound, Mango offers a unique tonal palette, sitting comfortably between Koa and Maple, with good projection in the upper-bass frequencies, and real depth in the mid-ranges. The finish is a hand-sprayed, dark blue to mid-blue burst finish accented by fibre purfling and solid Flamed Maple binding. Electronics are supplied by Fishman in the shape of the highly regarded INK3 system.
A handful of BlueMoon models are in authorised United Kingdom and Ireland Faith retailers now, priced at £979.00 including a hardcase. Further stock is arriving in November, but pre-ordering is advisable as initial demand has been very high, with most guitars likely to sell out in advance of arrival.