Frets is the new all acoustic section of Guitar Player Magazine. The newest digital edition features a review of the Earthsong Orchestra.
Tested by Art Thompson
Bedell’s commitment to building guitars from sustainably harvested woods is highlighted by the Earthsong series of Dreadnought, Orchestra, and Parlor models, which are made in Bend, Oregon. These guitars feature 100 percent American-sourced woods: Salvaged Sitka spruce for the tops, Western big-leaf maple for the backs and sides, Eastern hard-rock maple necks, and walnut for the bridges, fretboards, and peghead overlays. And if you think there’s nothing glamorous about this cellulose brew, the Orchestra model on review could change your mind. In fact, this beautiful instrument demonstrates just how nicely these homegrown woods can look and sound. Despite the Sitka top being harvested from a fallen tree on the forest floor, the speckled graining that’s revealed under a gloss-nitro Root-Beer-Burst finish is magnificently soulful. A color matching satin-nitro finish on the back and sides transforms the normally pale maple into a most appealing shade of brown. Cosmetics include black binding on the top and back, mother-of-pearl dots on the fretboard, and a dark walnut ring around the soundhole. The smooth open-gear tuners with their aged-brass parts look great too, and conveniently, the guitar comes with a front strap button installed.
Read the full review here.