New VGS offers CITES-free nylon string alternative
Finding tonewoods that do not come under the increasingly restrictive CITES agreement is the goal of many guitar makers currently and GEWA seems to be ahead of many of them, with its newly launched VGS Pro Natura Silver Samba. Usefully, the guitar doesn’t just avoid CITES limitations by using non-regulated woods, but it also offers players of traditional steel strung acoustics the opportunity to play a nylon strung guitar which offers steel-string dimensions.
The Samba boasts a cutaway and an arched fingerboard with a 48mm nut width that most steel string players will find more familiar than traditional classical neck widths. It also features a Fishman Clásica II pre-amp for onstage use.
Woods used include a solid European spruce top, a maple body and neck and acacia wood for the fingerboard and bridge. No price was quoted by GEWA.
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