Lava Me2 Journey Sized Acoustic Guitar. A unibody, carbon fiber, acoustic electrical journey guitar with built-in reverb, delay and refrain.
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I used to be lately contacted by a brand new guitar firm known as Lava. They’re a Hong Kong-based firm that’s trying to introduce its journey guitars into the US. After a short electronic mail trade, they agreed to ship me one in every of their second-generation guitars in trade for a good and sincere evaluate.
The guitar arrived in a short time. Upon unboxing I discovered a hybrid case containing a matte black Lava Me2 guitar and a micro USB cable. The guitar comes with Elixir strings, which I like utilizing, so that could be a plus.
The guitar is tremendous light-weight. I didn’t know what the cable was for, however I found out the place to plug it in. I noticed a little bit cost indicator mild come on, then waited. It seems that what I used to be charging was a built-in acoustic results management. It’s most likely the good distinctive function I’ve discovered on an acoustic guitar, perhaps ever! I’ll focus on this extra in-depth later within the evaluate.
One other first impression: it does take a while to get used to the carbon fiber neck. Like most guitarists, I’m used to my hand sliding throughout the wooden, and that does have a considerably totally different really feel. The neck – and the texture of the strings in opposition to it particularly – may be very totally different from what I’m accustomed to. It’ll unquestionably take a number of time to get used to.
Lava additionally consists of three guitar picks of various weights. They name these ‘good picks’ however I didn’t discover a considerable distinction in comparison with my different picks (usually tortex). However, one in every of them was a big triangular, medium-light choose and I appreciated that. General, they made for a pleasant addition.
Lava additionally features a carrying case which I actually like.
It’s nicer than your common gig-bag because it supplies some safety. I nonetheless wouldn’t advise flying with the included case. It’s a soft-shell case and it does have an adjustable backpack fashion strap system, however the subject with airplane journey has much less to do with the case and extra to do with how a lot flying sucks. You might be completely on the mercy of the airline and in the event that they wish to make you verify your guitar, you’re kinda caught both ready for an additional flight or risking it. And whereas the case feels considerably protecting, I might nonetheless fear about it getting tossed round or different baggage falling on it as a result of it’s not a flight-case. That stated, I believe the case is completely superb for just about each different scenario.
Sound high quality
The guitar sounds distinctive! I used to be extraordinarily impressed by each the fullness of the sound and the quantity at which it performed. I’ve been a longtime advocate of parlor acoustic guitars and a longtime hater of guitars just like the Martin Backpacker. I simply really feel like mini guitars just like the Martin by no means produce interesting sound. However, this guitar in some way achieves extra of a full/dreadnought sound. My one grievance right here is that whereas the sound is extraordinarily full, with twinkling highs and booming lows, there’s a lack of depth. I attribute this to the unnatural supplies used, however I could possibly be flawed about that.
One of many primary options of this guitar is its built-in results. These don’t require you to plug into an amp to take pleasure in and are a extremely revolutionary addition. If you’re taking part in at low-to-moderate volumes, the results are clear and noticeable. You don’t get a ton of management with the three nobs, however you get sufficient to mess around and have a little bit enjoyable. These options usually are not more likely to be an enormous game-changer past simply having one thing cool to point out off or combine into a number of songs. Past that, they lack the flexibility to essentially manipulate the results on a broad scale.
The consequences you get are delay and refrain, however you may dial down the delay to behave as extra of a reverb. The reverb is a little bit of a combined bag; I observed a little bit little bit of a chirpy noise that accompanies tougher strokes in opposition to the strings. It appears like there’s an echo that’s speeding to get out.
With a view to present an concept of how the guitar sounds, I recorded some samples utilizing the Lava Me2, my Fender acoustic parlor guitar and my Takamine G sequence acoustic, which is full-sized with a cutaway. Please keep in mind, I’m not the most effective guitar participant, that is simply an try and attempt giving some audio examples to potential prospects.
Lava Me2, clear, strumming open chords
Full Dimension Acoustic, strumming open chords
Parlor guitar, strumming open chords
Full Sized Acoustic, single notes
Parlor guitar, single notes
Lava Me2, clear, single notes
Parlor Guitar, strumming, bar chords
Lava Me2, clear, strumming, bar chords
Lava Me2, refrain strumming, bar chords
Lava Me2, refrain, single notes
Lava Me2, delay, single notes
Lava Me2, delay, strumming
Lava Me2, refrain strumming, open chords
I believe this can be a nice journey sized guitar. I vastly want it to just about some other journey sized possibility I’ve tried. I nonetheless actually like my parlor guitar, so this might not be a substitute, but it surely presents a far fuller sound that’s extra similar to a full sized acoustic than what the parlor guitar is ready to obtain. If you’re out there for a journey sized acoustic and also you need a sound that’s extra akin to a full dimension, I don’t assume a greater possibility exists.