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Manufacturer's ID: SIG-OMTC-1STE-SB+

In the late 1960s the situation for US guitar manufacturers became difficult: guitars that were made in Japan, looking very similar to US guitars, were flooding the market but at a much lower price. These guitars increasingly endangered the US manufacturers dominance on the market, and a few American companies reacted to that development in an appropriate manner: They did not take any legal steps but instead launched a counter offensive. That’s when “Sigma Guitars” was born.


Body Size  000-14 Fret, Cutaway
Construction  Dovetail Neck Joint
Top  Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides  Tilia
Neck  Mahogany, Low Profile
Nut & Saddle  Bone
Fingerboard  Micarta
Scale Length  25.4”
Neck width at nut  1-3/4”
Tuning Machines  Chrome, diecast
Electronics  Presys II (with Tuner)
Finish  Ultra-thin UV-finish

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Overall Rating 5 (4 reviews)

This is the 1st "coloured" top acoustic I have owned, as opposed to traditionally plain spruce top dreadnaughts. I didn't want a bright sunburst or see-through blue, and the deep brown sunburst with contrasting white binding and rosette ring appealed to my more traditional senses. The sunburst and lacquer finish are immaculate. Not a blemish to be seen. The headstock face is nice dark veneer that doesn't clash with the body tone, and the composite "Micarta" fingerboard and bridge feel and look like really dense top quality ebony. The beautifully satin-finished neck is finished with only a light stain and is a perfect contrast. The back and sides are Tilia (basswood / european lime) with a grain that, when stained/lacquered, results in a deep brown wood with a grain that resembles rosewood to some extent. It has elegant beauty without looking sparkly or over-adorned. Like Jane Seymour would be next to Nicki Minaj, if you're old enough to know what I mean. The headstock logo shown on the GuitarGuitar site is the older "martin" style lettering, whereas mine has the modern block lettering and Greek sigma character. Although I would have preferred the older logo, it doesn't bother me too much as it still looks sublime and in keeping with the overall appearance of the guitar. Straight out of the box this guitar was almost in tune and the relief was perfect. A few of the frets did have rough edges that were easily smoothed off with the proper file (was surprised by this), but the tops were nicely polished and smooth. The nut is perfectly cut. Sigma guitars are apparently set up to "Martin spec", and for some people 9including me) the action was a bit higher than I have always been used to. I have sanded the bridge down by a little bit to better suit my preference (a job best left for an experienced person). The saddle is compensated and intonation is as good as any acoustic will get. This guitar has a beautiful clarity, resonance, projection and sustain for a Grand Concert OM sized body that's smaller than a dreadnaught, but is not boomy. The very thin lacquer probably helps in this respect. The neck is fairly shallow and very comfortable. The neck is a little bit wider than most other modern electro-acoustic cutaways I have had and even this tiny amount is enough to make it more comfortable for my older hands with stiff knuckles. I also find the marginally greater string separation makes it great for fingerpicking and plectrum - some guitars are good at one but not so good for the other. The tuners appear to be very good quality. The Fishman preamp has only bass and treble controls. You have to pay more for the next one up that has a midrange pot. I have found that I have more than enough tone control for my needs though. The under-saddle piezo pickup produces excellent tones and retains "acoustic" nuances without sounding too boxy and "electric". Overall this guitar has a build quality and sound that are far in excess of the price tag and I love it.

William D. - 9/10/2020

I'm still in the leaning stage but decided to buy a slightly better quality guitar ... looked a a few in the L400 mark - this one felt best for me and by far the best sound of the similar models from other brands ... looks great at well

Duncan . - 6/1/2019

I'm still in the leaning stage but decided to buy a slightly better quality guitar ... looked a a few in the L400 mark - this one felt best for me and by far the best sound of the similar models from other brands ... looks great at well

Duncan . - 6/1/2019

Tried a few. Loved the tone and feel, and slightly wider neck. Sounds great acoustically and through the amp. Very happy with purchase.

Frank B. - 22/6/2018

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