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Art & Lutherie Legacy Havana Brown Q-Discrete

The Legacy Havana Brown Q-Discrete is a concert-sized acoustic that is priced right for novices, but won't disappoint an experienced player. The body is made for both comfort and projection and the Q-Discrete electronics offer simple, hands on control with a vintage look you can’t beat. Underneath its attractive cocoa brown finish, the Legacy features a solid spruce top with wild cherry back and sides for a dynamic voice that is both authoritative and detailed.

The A&L Legacy Q-Discrete guitar features:

  • Pressure tested Sitka Spruce Top
  • Wild Cherry back and sides made with steamed 3-layer lamination
  • Silver Leaf Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, 24.84" scale, 1.72" nut width, 16" radius
  • Godin Q-Discrete electronics with classic Volume and active Tone control
  • 18:1 open gear brass tuners
  • Graphtech Tusq Nut and Saddle
  • Dual Action truss rod
  • Hand-crafted in Quebec, Canada using 95% Canadian wood

The Legacy is a comfortable concert sized with a look that is both retro and pleasingly hip. They really go all out on the aesthetic at A&L combining beautiful rustic finishes with vintage open gear tuners and interesting pickguards. The Havana Brown finish is new for 2019, and makes a nice addition to the line. The top is solid pressure-tested Sitka Spruce and the back and sides are a special 3-part laminate of Wild Cherry. Spruce tops are the norm on acoustics for their bright snappy response, but Wild Cherry is an excellent alternative tone wood that Godin has used with great success. Cherry wood has a tonal profile somewhere in the middle of Mahogany and Maple: The low and midrange frequencies are assertive, with a clear and percussive character and reasonable low-end extension. The combination of the Spruce top and the "maple-esque" properties of Cherry make the high end of the Legacy absolutely sparkle, which brings out great dynamics especially suitable for finger pickers. We really like it, and it's nicely detailed but less "dry" sounding than some maple guitars. And while it won't punch out the type of low end you'd get with a rosewood dreadnought, the guitar projects well and has impressive volume for a moderately priced concert size guitar.

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