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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

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.                                          

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

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. 


Amp Used:
Bogner Alchemist 2 x 12 


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.

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.

Peter Malinoski Guitars
MD, United States 

Posted 11/2012