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Norman B50

Norman B50

  1. Name: Ian

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 2003

  4. Price Paid: $600 Canadian

  5. Performance

  6. This guitar outshines some other guitars I've played that cost several times the amount.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. This guitar has the best (cleanest, brightest) sound of any guitar I've owned. It also has some serious volume, my wife can hear me from the basement when I'm playing on the second floor. It cuts straight through the mix when you want to, and when handled gently compliments the voice wonderfully. Very versatile, but awesome for fingerstyle playing.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. In the 7 years I've owned it, it's never needed anything more than new strings. The birds-eye maple back and sides and the solid spruce top are beautiful. The aesthetic aspects are simple but nice, especially the maple leafs around the sound hole.

  13. Construction Rating: 9

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  1. Name: Mark

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 2003

  4. Price Paid: $550 Cdn.

  5. Performance

  6. Top notch. This is a guitar lovers guitar. No frills, basic inlay, basic trim, bland headstock, but a great guitar to play. Always forced to pull the switcheroo with whoever I play with, gives me the chance to try all those Taks, Martins, etc.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. Loud, with new strings this thing just shines. Great sound playing around the fire, cuts through even a group sing-along. You will not be disappointed.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. Well made. No frills, but this is what is reflected in great price. All the bucks have been put into making this a great sounding guitar. Kind of guitar you want to keep for 20 years, and then have people drool over the sound.

  13. Construction Rating: 10

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  1. Name: Matt Dasovic

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 2002

  4. Price Paid: $430

  5. Performance

  6. The sound is excellent. The Lows are strong, the highs are a little twangy for me, but Med-Heavy strings made a difference.

  7. Performance Rating: 8

  8. Sound Quality

  9. For the price you will not believe what you hear.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 9

  11. Construction

  12. Very well made. The bottom edges of the first 3 frets had a little bite to them but a fingernail file took care of it. No problems, it came with a 1 year backup from the dealer.

  13. Construction Rating: 8

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  1. Name: Ross Fairgrieve

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1999

  4. Price Paid: $600 Canadian

  5. Performance

  6. This guitar is as easy to play as any acoustic I have ever tried and I’ve tried a fair few. It tunes easily and it stays there even when the strings are past their best. I bought it while working in Toronto for a year away from my native Scotland. I wanted a substitute for my Lowden which I didn’t want to expose to the harsh four seasons in TO. And what can I say!

  7. Performance Rating: 9

  8. Sound Quality

  9. This guitar is not the loudest on the planet but I have a Lowden and a Taylor too. While I think my Lowden is something really special my Norman still blows the Taylor out of the water in the sound stakes — strummed or picked. It is a very sweet sounding instrument with a sound quality and projection that belies its meager asking price. Go try one, or better still a good few of them! From a sound perspective it is well worth trying a number of them. I feel that they can be a little inconsistent in the sound department compared with some of the more expensive makers. But rarely anything less than good though. Mine is a peach.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 9

  11. Construction

  12. Mine is a B50 which means dreadnought Spruce top and laminated Maple back/sides finished in gloss. It is neater on the inside than many more expensive instruments and tidily finished on the outside though not as well executed as say a Taylor, but then you pays your money! The neck is great though and the fingerboard is made of a nice piece of well nourished Indian Rosewood and not the dry brittle looking stuff you often get on guitars costing 3 times the price. The frets — well they are as good as on my Lowden and that is really saying something. Tuners are good quality Gotohs, I think, and should last a lifetime. No frills quality and unbeatable value for money.

  13. Construction Rating: 8

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  2. Performance: 9.3
  3. Sound Quality: 9.5
  4. Construction: 8.8
  5. Ratings Key
  6. 10: Excellent
  7. 0: Useless
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