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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Malinoski Guitar Nova Model #131 ... (Review)


Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $2,000 USD with case + shipping

About:
Malinoski Guitars is a Manufacturer of handcrafted custom boutique American built electric guitars.  

This Nova model #131  at 24 -3/4" scale has an acrylic lacquer and oiled Spanish Cedar body w/oiled reclaimed Douglas Fir pickup plate attached to an oiled Birdseye Maple and Cherry neck thickness  7/8" medium  "C" shaped  w/ Padauk fretboard featuring 24 large frets topped with a 1 11/16" Delrin nut. The Nova weighs in at 6 lbs.                                          


Hardware:
Sperzel tuners Hipshot SS bridge @ 2-1/8", thru-body strings                    

Electronics:
Malinoski Type 2 HB neck 43 awg alnico5, 3/8"x 3/4", Type 4 blade HB 42 awg alnico 8 bridge pick-ups w/passive bridge transducer. Push-pull single volume pot with push/pull piezo activation single tone pot with 5-way selector under the bridge. 

Sound

Amp Used:
Bogner Alchemist 2 x 12 

Cable:
Intex

Selector position Just Neck:
Warm and thin very vintage Strat like with more of a bottom end.

Selector position Neck & Bridge Parallel:
Bright almost Tele like. 

Selector position Neck & Bridge Series:
Full and warm like a Strat on neck and middle almost humbucker warm. 

Selector position Neck & Bridge Reverse Phase:
Out of phase, just what you would expect. 

Selector position Just Neck:
Tex Mex bridge with more volume and sustain. 

Piezo element:
Very acoustic with all the good and none of the feedback, farts, quacks, or pops.

Action, Fit & Finish:
Everything on this guitar was hand made excluding the bridge, tuners, knobs and pots. The pickups, pickup covers, body, neck, fretboard, etc. This is really a playable piece of art. The action was low without buzz, and the intonation was dead on. The finish was natural and beautiful without a flaw. The guitar felt like it was built with care and attention to detail.

Reliability & Durability: 
The guitar is well built. There was no pick-up humor crackles from the electronics--all knobs and hardware installed snug and proper.

Impression:
This is the second guitar I have had the chance to play by this lutiher and it keeps getting better. I love everything about this guitar, from its sleek lines to it's abstract art like body -- it just fits the players body better then any other traditional design I have found to date.  The light weight construction of just 6 lbs might have you thinking that it would lack in tone -- but that is not the case at all. I was able to dial in a wide variety of different tones from country twang, to Clapton blues to modern rock and metal -- even some bluegrass with the piezeo bridge. One of my favorite features of the this guitar was the Padauk fretboard. Its natural, faded red color added a unique twist to it's green body.  I just can not say enough about this guitar, it is by far one of if not the most amazing and unique guitars I have ever played.  

What I would change:
Nothing, this guitar is so unique that I wouldn't want to change anything and take away from its beauty or playability.

My advice:
I have the same advice as I did with the last Malinoski guitar I reviewed. If you are a collector, or you are looking for that unique guitar that will make you stand out this is it. If you are a touring/gigging musician that uses more then one guitar during your set including an acoustic, this guitar is all you need. So my advice is buy one.


Contact:
Peter Malinoski Guitars
MD, United States 

Posted 11/2012