Review: Faith FLCEHG Lyra Nylon String Cut/Electro
Lyrics by Luke Shields
CMC Music | MSRP: $1,995
Once upon a time, 400 years ago, I was a young upstart who bleated with a budding but increasingly irrefutable desire to pick up the guitar to emulate my grunge heroes, and indeed just about everyone in my age group at the time. Dubious about the reality of my extended future as a musician, and also partly because young parents often don’t really have the money, my parents bought a relatively small nylon-string classical guitar as their first instrument. cheap to cut my teeth on. Of course, I had no idea of the stylistic juxtaposition inherent in the structural differences between the two main races, I honestly just needed a place to put my Nirvana stickers.
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A few weeks later, the man who had been in charge of my tutelage explained to me why his guitar was so much more ergonomic than mine. He also made me understand two concepts. One, that the bit of extra wrestling in the wider neck was going to serve me well in years to come as a practice weight on a baseball bat, and two, that if I sincerely wanted to learn to play with as much feel as possible, then the people for whom guitars like mine were intended, flamenco guitarists in particular, it’s really us who have to be watched. Why in God’s name am I bothering to tell this story, I hear you ask? Because the Faith Lyra FLCEHG presented to me earlier simultaneously confirms and denies Mr. Anag’s decades-old assertions.
First, a bit of contextualization. I first encountered Faith guitars a few years ago when I was given one to review for a much older issue of this very periodical. I remember being impressed with an undeniably comfortable playing experience from a relatively inexpensive steel string, the body of which was made of something from the acacia wood family. It had the modern ergonomics and clarity of a Taylor-style guitar, with a little more PRS-style pizzazz on the visual processing. A little research on an unknown brand revealed that Faith was the brainchild of a certain Patrick James Eggle. A lifelong tinkerer, the Shropshire-based luthier made his first guitar as a little boy and, immediately dissatisfied with his efforts, embarked on a lifelong obsession with taking his boxes apart and putting them back together, improving them. step by step. His biography will explain in more detail, but the interesting thing I find about Eggle is that he opened a door for me to learn about British, and by extension European, acoustic guitar making.
This particular machine, the Lyra FLCEHG, is Faith’s first foray into the world of nylon strings and a more confident first step than I don’t think they could have taken. As mentioned, their design principle is centered around making the playing experience as simple as possible, combined with ultimate modern tonal clarity, with a selection of premium materials that underpins the entire experience. Here, these three elements combine to form an incredibly interesting neo-classical experience. The top wood is a rich, almost caramel-colored red cedar, sitting on a perfectly matching and equally rich rosewood bed, with a very elegant rosewood rosette with matching abalone skirt. This combination is by no means unknown in the classical pantheon, but the expression, either through incalculable uniqueness in internal architecture or other druidic magic, is far more individual. Eggle has managed to maintain the modesty of cedar as well as the throat of rosewood while adding an almost electric touch sensitivity and high-frequency attack that feels like a new icing on an old cake recipe. The tonality is both familiar to the point of being nostalgic and unparalleled fresh.
The physical dimensions only reinforce this feeling of double happiness. At 48mm at nut, the fingerboard sits at the narrow end of the spectrum. However, at no point in my mad dash did I feel like I was playing a crossover guitar. I think this is partly due to the depth of the slightly offset “C” to “D” shaped neck profile. To me, it felt almost big enough to give you something to chew on, but not too wide or flat to steer you towards carpal tunnel syndrome, and with one of the lowest factory actions I’ve encountered. to start ! I’m by no means the fado or saudade expert that Mr. Anag may have intended, but I do know a few Mediterranean moves, so for me this was by far the easiest nylon string experience . I could have hoped.
I will never say that Mr. Anag got anything wrong, so his point about the long-term benefits of fighting a classic remains intact in my ancient lore book. That said, once you know what you’re doing and it’s time to treat yourself to something next level, that’s where Faith’s Lyra model comes in. it’s sure to open up a whole new level of comfort and expressionism blissful to both the seasoned Spanish aficionado and the rock-pig dabbling in the softer side of life.