Boden Original 7 RedSKU: BD7CT-17O-M-F-RD
Get the most out of your playing and the sounds that you’ve been honing with your hands. What you put into a Boden Original guitar is what you’ll get out of it – loud and clear with style and substance.
This is the Boden model that started it all. Featuring Swamp Ash body mated with 4A Flame Maple top and roasted Maple neck with roasted Birdseye Maple fretboard, the acoustic character is lively and balanced with superb articulation for both rhythm and lead playing. The Original models feature the highly-touted Suhr passive pickups and Fishman active pickups to faithfully transfer the natural sound of the woods and the unique .strandberg* hardware to your amplification systems.
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This is the Boden model that started it all. Featuring Swamp Ash body mated with 4A Flame Maple top and roasted Maple neck with roasted Birdseye Maple fretboard, the acoustic character is lively and balanced with superb articulation for both rhythm and lead playing. The Original models feature the highly-touted Fishman Fluence powered pickups to faithfully transfer the natural sound of the woods and the unique .strandberg* hardware to your amplification systems.
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This guitar is the best one I played with so far. The sound is very versatile and sounds great with each tone. What I love the most is the ergonomy of it. It is lightweight and small, so you can easily take it with you on your travels. The neck plays amazingly, is very smooth and is at the perfect width for me. The knobs are also a pleasure to handle. The design and finish are very modern and top notch. It is very hard not to play this beauty as soon as I look at it. The only downsides for me are the bolt-on neck which gets in the way of the highest frets as well as the strings' mechanics. It is a bit hard to turn the tuning keys (although it stays in tune after that). Also, due to my play style, I can easily get injured with the parts on the nut because they are sharp on the edges. But I should get used to these in a few months. Overall, I think this will be my number one for a long time. Thanks a lot for this amazing guitar !
Thanks for the great review - if it makes you want to play more, the goal is accomplished! Hopefully, you will get used to the nut section quickly, but it is great feedback for future development.
Lovely amazing instrument. I’ve been jamming for 2 days now little adjustment with new string and neck but it feels natural. They don’t call it the enduraneck for no reason. Like 3 hours in and I’m not fatigued at all
Thanks for the great review - happy to hear that the EndurNeck is doing what it should!
I really like the Boden Original 7 Red. It fits very well, the weight is great and it sounds as expected. Only the guitar strap squeaks disturbingly on the wood. Furthermore I find the guitar stand a bit too expensive. But I would buy the instrument again and hope that the true temperament instruments with more than six strings will be available again soon.
It has been years since I bought a new guitar. I own a couple of 6 strings and 7 strings, mainly use EMG Pickups and have bought/modified guitars with an Evertune bridge. Actually I've known and seen your brand pass by multiple times by different artists but never actually thought of buying. I recently listened to the band Arch Echo, which I really like. That's how the brand caught my interest. I told my girlfriend that 'maybe' I should buy one. I actually never saw one in real life or even played one. I'm normally not an impulsive buyer at all, but it all looked really great and made sense to me. Well, the instrument is exactly like expected. I finally am able to play longer bursts while standing (I have some back problems). The only thing that's a bit weird is the instrument is so light that it 'moves' faster when standing, so a little getting used to that now. The action on the instrument was a bit too flat, so I did small modification of the truss rod, so strings are just a little higher. I do have to tune every time I play, which is a little step back from Evertune, but overall it stays in tune quite good. The problem with Evertune is... it's heavy! I definitely would love to buy a six string in the future. The whole shape makes sense too, I usually sit down while playing. I like to sit down like most people, resting the guitar on the right leg. I also like to rest it on the left leg and have my left leg on a small stand. The shape allows to do this, so that's great. The cool thing is I can switch between three positions: right leg, left leg and standing up. This definitely helps my body, because I love to play many hours a day. There is basically nothing that I would like to see changed. I did notice that the six string version doesn't have the pickups mounted in at an angle. I actually like it more angled with the bridge, because that way the bridge pickup pickups up a really tight sound. The model I bought (the seven string) has it angled with the bridge, that's great. One thing: the push pull knobs for volume and tone. I'm not sure what they do... Is it like a passive fishman sound? I guess one makes it sound more like passives and the other one like single coils?