Freshman FA1AM Electro-Acoustic Guitar

Freshman FA1AM Electro-Acoustic Guitar

I was invited to an informal party this afternoon in Sonning only to find that a young, local singer-songwriter was playing a short set before dashing off to play an evening gig with his band: ‘The Handsome Devils Club’.

Tom Fisher played a number of his own original mesmerising songs and not only did his voice, the song and the lyrics impress but his guitar playing and guitar sounds were amazing too. After the set, I had a chance to chat with Tom before he dashed away.

Tom wants to make a career in music and his ambition is to be a professional singer/songwriter.

His guitar is a Freshman FA1AM that he bought new a couple of years ago for just under £300.  He loved the looks and the playability but what really sold him on the guitar was the bright, toppy sound that projects well when played acoustically and when amplified.

This afternoon, Tom was playing and singing through a Mackie PA and the Freshman came over really well with a warmth and brightness that is a feature of this guitar.  The guitar has a solid Canadian Sitka Spruce Top but it is the maple back and sides that gives this guitar its presence and attack.

Maple is a very hard wood which projects the top-end frequencies very well and the sitka spruce top gives an attractive warmth to the sound.  The guitar features a maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard and the electronics are the amazing Fishman Isys 201 System which performed well and gave a truly open and natural sound.

Freshman FA1AM Electro-Acoustic Guitar

Freshman FA1AM Electro-Acoustic Guitar

Tom has used the guitar a lot but the guitar has stood up well to life on the road and is practically unmarked.  The only noticeable sign of any wear and tear is the fact that the decal on the headstock has worn away!

Tom uses medium gauge strings and tunes down a semitone to give his songs a little more of a ‘jangly’ sound and he uses a Capo on most numbers on one of the first three frets, to great effect.

Tom Fisher did a great job this afternoon and we wish him all success with his writing and performing. We look forward to hearing more from him in the future.