I was a little surprised when I saw a review in AG for the Hohner EL-SD Plus Dreadnought
. I wasn't quite sure how an acoustic guitar made by a well know manufacturer of harmonicas would fair in the acoustic guitar arena. What first struck me is the top which is made out of solid
Sitka! Beside that is the rosewood fretboard and laminated mahogany back and sides. Sounds pretty good. I'm not sure how a three-piece mahogany neck compares to a solid one. Does anyone want to elaborate?
Something else that sounds good is what is called the "Earvana system" which delivers on the spot intonation. The claim is the system helps provide excellent intonation up and down the fretboard. The review attests to this fact making it one of the best buys around for the price.
Price is really surprising... Street price is around $269! Wow! I want all my students to get one! I want one! Well, maybe first I'd like to find one and play it myself. Intonation is a big issue for lower priced acoustic guitars most times. It can make or break playability. Worse yet, beginners don't know the better which can be very discouraging for them.
If the claims are all good for the Hohner I'd definitely recommend it to any beginner looking for a starter acoustic guitar. I don't think you can find better for the price.