Art & Lutherie is one of the many sub-brands of Canadian guitar manufacturer Godin Guitars, featuring traditional style acoustics that stray from Godin’s edgy and non-conventional designs. As expected, it has its own line of Parlor guitars called “Ami”, which follows the dimensions of parlor guitars from the early 1900s.
The Ami Cedar is one of the many parlor guitar variations that they offer, and as the name implies it features a solid cedar top. This particular choice of top tonewood is works well with the guitar’s small body, resulting in a warmer tone with a bit more bottom end when compared to spruce topped parlor guitars. It emphasizes the lower mids to produce a fuller tone (for its size) ideal for fingerstyle, folk, slide and blues.
To ensure quality and reliability, the solid cedar top undergoes pressure testing. It is then paired with wild cherry back and sides, a favorite tonewood of Godin, used on many of their instruments. Both the top and back feature cream binding, adding to the overall traditional appeal of the instrument.
The neck is crafted from silver leaf maple and joins the body at the 12th fret, much like many vintage parlor guitars. Both the bridge and fretboard are crafted from rosewood while Graphtech Tusq is used for the saddle and nut. It has a short scale length of 24.75″ and a 1.72″ nut width, making this guitar very easy and comfortable to play. My only complaint is the use of a square tapered headstock, instead of the more appealing and vintage looking slotted headstock design.
Check out the Art & Lutherie Ami Cedar in action:
The guitar’s small body and short scale design make it very easy to carry around and comfortable to play. On top of the convenience it brings, the Ami Cedar’s tone has inspired many busy guitarists to take their time and write up consistently good reviews. Many testify that more than being a convenient couch guitar, it has an inspiring sound that will be hard to put down.
The Art & Lutherie Ami Cedar comes in antique burst and black finish, while a spruce top equipped variant is also available with burgundy finish. There is also a nylon string model with cedar top.
Finally, the Ami Cedar comes with a very affordable price tag of just under $350, especially considering that this is handcrafted in Canada and features a solid top.