Brian Moore C90
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Now it gets bizarre. You can order any of the guitars with a Piezo bridge saddle pickup. Each string has it's own little gold saddle which combine and terminate in a stereo guitar jack. They have their own volume control and you actually mix the acoustic Piezo pickups with the Mag pickups. It adds a sheen of high frequency sound over the top that makes this thing sound like a piano mated with it. It's very cool sounding and punches you through the mix like WD-40. Lastly, all models are available with a full MIDI 13 or 5 pin output as well. The Piezos are used to drive it. Hook that up to a Roland module and watch out. Tracking is fast and it will even follow vibrato. Versatile... that's the word. Any #%?!* sound you want is available. Quality is as good as you have ever seen. PRS has been the recognized reigning champion, but if you A /B compare these two brands, there is no contest... BM is the better instrument. Why? I judge a guitar first by seeing how I play on it. I don't care if B.B. King plays one... or if it looks like it should be in a museum of art... or any other criteria. I have played every guitar type and brand I could find in Dallas, Houston and Austin (BIG guitar towns), and I liked several; Tom Anderson, the best of the Ibanez line, Godin LGX-3GT, G&L Strats. When I spent 10 minutes with a C-55 mid-line BM, it was over. I had just put down the high-school band grade instruments, and picked up the philharmonic orchestra level instrument. Every $#!!* lick I knew came off without a mistake or buzz. The geometry was perfect, and the super-sculpted body was like holding a woman who fits you. Add to this that the top looked like it was made by a 1600's Italian Violin Luthier, and the combination is basically irresistible (and like a beautiful woman, it's going to cost you). Recently, Brian Moore decided to make a line of their guitars in Korea. The quality of these are pretty darn good, and the prices are about half of the domestics. I think it was a bad idea, but it may work for them in the long run. Most of them have midi connections. They are the I-Guitar series and the domestics are the custom-shop guitars. I know this all sounds like I just had a pot of espresso and am sitting in the PR office at BM, but I am just a 38 year rock/blues/jazz veteran player. Don't listen to me, go try one. As far as combining it with an amp... I use a California Blond from SWR. It is a hi-fi acoustic amp that can make a beautiful tone. I may move to a tube amp soon -what I don't know. To find a Brian Moore at a price less than a used Hyundai, go to Ebay. Is it worth the price? Life is short, music is important, and you'll never have remorse if you buy top-shelf. PS: Check where the jack is on these... up high and in the back- where it can't pull out!