Purchased from: 4
Sound — 8
Was going to buy the B20 HG but couldn't get over how much better this non-gloss finish sounded. I have to admit that the Cedar B18 guitars have a more complete/full sound but from experience spruce just somehow always managers to age beautifully. The B20 offers a very crisp, bright sound however the bass sound shatters slightly when pounding rock song. Finger pickers on a budget will love this guitar. Initially I did not want a guitar with pickups but I bought this one because it had a beautiful flamed neck. The Fishman Classic 4 pickups are low end, and man do they look cheap yet I was trilled when I plugged it in, it sound fantastic. This guitar can measure up to guitars 3 times its price and I am really happy with it.
Overall Impression — 8
I play a variety of music on this instrument, but if you are into country this a great guitar to own. I have been playing for more than 10 years now. When I was shopping for this guitar I played a variety of guitar at all prices. But after you play $7000 Taylor everything in your budget sounds like crap. So finding the Normans was a joy.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I had to adjust the trusrod slightly and there a minor imperfections but besides that am very happy with the overall workmanship. Just remember that it only cost $500 with pickups so dont go comparing it to breedloves or martins.
Features — 8
The B20 is the foundation of all the Norman guitars. The solid spruce top and lacquer finish alone distinguish this guitar. The three-layer laminate of cherry wood used in the back and sides of the B20 produces a tone that sounds warmer than maple but brighter than a mahogany guitar. The B20's tone works beautifully for recording and blends nicely when amplified on stage.