The F-30R STD follows the same physical
outline as the F-30 STD but features solid
rosewood back and sides. The cosmetics on
both models are almost identical as well,
although the R version sports a wood marquetry
back stripe as opposed to the F-30’s
The F-30R STD plays every bit as well as
its mahogany bodied cousin, but here is
where you really appreciate how different
woods affect the tone. In the F-30R’s case,
this manifests sonically in the form of
enhanced midrange bloom, deeper and more
pianistic lows, and a silkier set of highs that
ring sweetly but aren’t too zingy. It all adds
up to making the F-30R the better choice for
fingerstylists who crave complexity and prismatic
note detail, as well as solo performers
who want a guitar with a blossoming, fullbodied
sound to support their vocals. Overall, the F-30R STD is a very inspiring guitar and
it earns an Editors’ Pick Award.
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