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RickD 03/08/2008

Norman B20 12: Produktbewertung von RickD (content in English)

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- In What Country was it made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France...)
I believe Norman is Canadian...?

- How many frets, Pickup Type and Configuration?
I think this is 22 or so. The sensor is in the bridge i'd think, a piezo thingy probably.

- What are the setting controls (volume, tone, pickup selector position)?
You have Fishman preamp with 3 band EQ, presence, volume and a tuner. Easy to pull out for battery changing without any screw removal. Perfect.

- What type of neck?...
Regular nick, wider than an electric.

UTILIZATION

- Does the neck have a nice feel?
Not as easy to play as an expensive Taylor or Martin. Yes it is very hard to play a 12 string, but, well, it's playable...

- Easy access to the top notes (last frets)?
Not really, no, cos there is no cutaway.

- Is it's design ergonomic(in terms of the shape, weight...)?
Not much to say, it's a dreadnought, feels fine to me.

- Can one easily get a nice sound?...
Oh yeah!

SOUNDS

- Does it suit your style of music?
Yes (pop).

- With what amp(s) or effect(s) do you use it?
None.

The varnish on Norman guitars is very fine, and so the sound comes through the top and not just through the opening in it. The guitar BREATHES, and so it's not just the mids you hear, as might be the case with a thick lacquer. As with a Norman B-15, the body is fairly wide and the varnish is thin, so you get a well balanced sound with bass, mids & treble alike.

OVERALL OPINION

- For how long have you been using it?
A few months.

- What thing do you like most/least about it?
It sounds heavenly.
It has no fancy varnish or shiny things, none of that rubbish, just a modest looking guitar that aims at sounding good and does.
I think it could do with some neck markings to help remember where you are...

- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Yes, quite a few. I was looking for a Norman but tried at least 5 or 6 other guitars...Seagull's, Yamaha's, Takamine's, etc. None came close in character to this. The Yamaha's weren't bad, the Takamine's were rubbish as usual, and the Seagull was ok. Tried some others too but this was the best for price/sound & i needed a preamp & tuner too.

- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
I paid 630 € with a free hard case & a set of strings plus a Fast Fret. Not exactly cheap but the preamp is Fishman and the guitar is good. I think it's about right.

- Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...
Yes. This has a more balanced sound than most and sounds more natural too.