Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Parlor
Simon & Patrick
Simon & Patrick (S&P) is a sub brand of Canada-based guitar manufacturer Godin, offering traditional style acoustic instruments at the mid to high-end price range. The guitars that they produce are considered a step up in terms of price and quality to the Seagull line, which is another sub-brand of their mother company. Since the Simon & Patrick sub-brand focuses on traditional guitar designs, it is to be expected that they would carry a parlor guitar model.
The Woodland Pro Parlor is one of the two parlor guitars from S&P, and it's the one we named as one of the best parlor guitars featuring all solid wood construction much like the bigger guitars in the Woodland Pro line. There's nothing outside of the ordinary about this parlor guitar, featuring familiar tonewood combination and comfortable neck and body profile. But what makes it standout is its handcrafted build quality and value for money, like having a boutique parlor guitar at a reasonable price.
The top of this parlor guitar is made from select solid spruce. According to the company, they utilize wood that has great looking grains and once selected, they apply their own "pressure testing" process. This testing ensures that only solid, stable and reliable spruce planks will be used for the guitar top. For added reliability and improved resonance, the solid spruce top is supported by Adirondack spruce bracing.
The back and sides of the Woodland Pro Parlor is built from solid mahogany, and is expected to complement the spruce top both in terms of structure and tone. As for measurements, the upper bout is 9.28", waist is 7.35" while the lower bout is 13". Reviews of this parlor guitar are consistent in saying that build quality and tone is top notch, faithfully reproducing the snarly midrange tone expected from good vintage parlor guitars, without the maintenance problems found on older instruments.
The guitar's mahogany neck is sanded and finished by hand, to ensure that it feels and plays comfortable. It has a rosewood fingerboard that matches the rosewood bridge and has a total of 19 frets. The nut and saddle are both GraphTec tusq, and neck specifications mention that the scale length is 24.84" while the nut width is 1.72".
Another cool feature of this parlor guitar is the custom polished finish, which works quite well with the sunburst look. Other features include intricate wood sound hole rosette, layered binding, high-ratio tuners, and hand contoured headstocks.
The Woodland Pro Parlor is also available in acoustic-electric guitar format, with B-Band A3T electronics. Reviews of this parlor guitar are consistent in saying that build quality and tone is top notch, faithfully reproducing the snarly midrange tone expected from good vintage parlor guitars, without the maintenance problems found on older instruments. It is also surprisingly loud, and could outclass other dreadnoughts of the same price point.
The Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Parlor is currently retailing for just under $800. For more information, you can visit Simon & Patrick.
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