Price paid: $ 912
Sound — 10
The Fatlady has really sung. I play pretty much anything through this except metal and it's various spawn but it's best suited to Jack Johnson/Waifs style Folk type stuff. This has got to be one of the sweetest sounding acoustics both plugged in and unplugged, at present am using crappy amps but it shines through both also using a Dunlop wah and Electro Harmonix Big Muff (which it sounds surpriseingly good through). To give you an idea of the versatility of this thing it actually has a sweeter sounding overdriven tone than my Ibanez electric just needs a feedback buster.
Overall Impression — 9
I play everything and this suits it all (except metal and all its spawn). I've been playing for 2 years and this is my fist really decent peice of gear other than effects pedals. If this were stolen or lost I would go right out and buy it again but I would get the next model up the Fatlady 2. I compared this with similar priced matons and compared to the all solid wood contruction of this the matons solid top only was just pointless and 200 dollars dearer. Only problem is edge but you get used to it. Please if you can go out and buy one of these guitars Cole Clark are only a new company but their guitars are already preffered by the likes of Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and Pete Murray. Go out and buy one before the price go's up its just unbelieveable value.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Everythings perfect on this guitar and it will most definetly withstand live playing as it already has. The only issue with this guitar is where the sides meet the top the edge is pretty vicious and takes a while to adjust to. The same edge also dents really easily and when Cole Clark upgrade the fatlady they should consider binding.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Cnc routed in melbourne for perfection and the hand assembled by the some of the best luthiers in the world. Cole Clark was founded by two guys from Maton who wanted to do something new and theyve done it to perfection. Only problem is the edge explained below.
Features — 10
- Made in '05 in Melbourne Australia - 20 jumbo frets - All solid wood internally carved back - Top: spruce back, sides and neck: queensland maple (all Australian timbers) - Dreadnought - Normal acoustic bridge - Active pickup - Volume, pickup blend, treble, mid and bass - Bridge and soundboard sensors - Grover tuners.