Faith Saturn Hi-Gloss Electro: hands-on review

The Faith range of acoustic and electro-acoustic guitars has been a Red Dog Favourite since they first graced our walls. With Patrick Eggle’s designs brought to life in solid tonewoods, these instruments have been a staff and customer favourite. One range particularly grabs the eye – and the ears – though, time for a little Faith Hi Gloss review…

Faith Saturn Review

Faith Saturn Hi-Gloss review

As with all the guitars in the Faith Hi Gloss series, the Saturn starts with a solid Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii to those interested in their Latin binomials) top, figured rosewood for the back and sides and a mahogany neck. When you add to that an ebony fingerboard and flamed maple binding, and you have an instrument that starts with some quality woods that don’t just sound good, they make the Faith Hi Gloss guitars quite pretty to look at as well.

The particular model I’ve been spending some time with is the FSCEHG electro-cutaway version. For me, a good acoustic tone comes first, but -particularly if you just want one acoustic guitar – having an onboard pickup is very useful to have for playing live, and the Shadow Nanoflex that’s installed does a nice job when you want to take to the stage with the minimum of fuss.

For me, and for my brethren who rarely venture up to the dusty end of the fretboard (and, in my case, regret ever going when you do travel north of the 10th fret), I could do without the cutaway I have to admit. I prefer the look of a dreadnought without one, but electro versions commonly seem to go hand-in-hand with a cutaway these days, and I suppose manufacturers want to keep the number of models they make in check, but that’s just my two cents.

To go a long way in making up for that though, you do get – as you do with all Faith guitars apart from the Naked series – a hard case included as standard.

The guitar I played had an action on the higher-side to begin with, although with my ham-fisted strumming that’s not necessarily a bad thing. With acoustics though, an action on the high side gives you the flexibility to have it set up to your specifications. With the nut filed slightly and a hint of truss-rod tightening, I was good to go.

Hands-on with the Faith FSCEHG Saturn Hi-Gloss Electro

It’s an easy play is the Faith Saturn Hi Gloss. Just taking a little pluck just now, I can’t really think of a good way to describe it to be honest. Possibly not great for someone who’s supposed to write about musical instruments.

What I can say about it though, as that it just felt comfortable and reassuring, and it just made me want to sit and play it. And that’s a good place to be. Unfortunately, I had to go back to work.

I’m sure I could go on about how ‘responsive’ the instrument was to my picking dynamics; how the top resonated in sympathy with my subconscious melancholy; the way the feel of the ebony underneath my fingers communicated the conflict between happiness and regret that courses through my very soul. But I’m sure you’ve heard all of that before and the word ‘hyperbole’ would spring to mind.

So, as previously discussed, the Faith Saturn just made me want to play it. And I very much enjoyed doing so. If you want to know more, stop by, give one a try, and see if you feel the same.

I’ve played a few gigs with the Saturn now, a few plugged in, and a couple of stripped-back acoustic sessions, and I’ve felt just as happy with it live as on the sofa, it’s even had a good few unsolicited comments about both its sounds and its looks.

If I were to have a bit of a criticism, it’s that, when playing with a strap, the end-pin (which includes the jack socket) doesn’t protrude from the body very far, so I just needed to be a bit careful to make sure I was properly connected, but that’s fairly minor as gripes go I suppose!

Faith Hi Gloss ReviewThe rest of the Faith Hi-Gloss series

I’m a dreadnought fan; you may not be, but that’s not a problem: if you like the look of the Faith Hi-Gloss series there’s more in there than just the Saturn.

From the Faith Jupiter jumbo, to the Neptune baby jumbo via the Venus Concert (also available with the Shadow Hex pickup system), chances are there’s a guitar in the Faith Hi Gloss line for you!

 

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Fynn Callum

producer, guitarist, engineer & dj
From indie guitarist to deep house producer via Northern Soul dj; mix engineer, producer and gear enthusiast. Jaffa Cake aficionado.

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