The market for budget guitars is a competitive place. However, with such a large number of companies vying for the attention and money of the novice guitarist it is undeniable that the quality of the guitars on offer is generally better than it has been. It is therefore a great time to be starting to learn to play the guitar but we do sometimes wonder how the guitar manufacturers manage to make any money. It was therefore with interest that we saw recently a new(ish) entrant to the budget guitar market – The Black Badger Guitar.
Badger Guitars was founded in 2013 and they have quickly gained a reputation for designing quality budget guitars with a quirky edge. The design of the Badger guitars has been heavily influenced by world renowned guitar designer and pickup guru Alan Entwistle.
The Black Badger is an example of the design and build quality that you can expect from Badger Guitars instrument.
What can you expect from the Black Badger Guitar?
The body of the guitar is cut from Oakeme wood and has a quirky reverse body design. For me the design of the body makes the guitar look as though it has been flipped over as if for a left handed guitarist. I have to say I quite like the look of it but can appreciate it might not be to every ones taste. The bolt-on maple neck has a 22 fret rosewood fingerboard which is chunky and nice to play. The action is low with no discernible fret buzz which is always a good sign. The guitar is finished with a gloss black paintjob and white scratch-plate and headstock bearing the Badger logo. All in the entire look, feel and build quality of the Badger Guitar is very good when you consider the price point.
In terms of electrics the Badger Classic Guitar comes armed with 2 Alnico humbuckers. Badger have fitted a coil tap to allow you to switch from humbucker to single coil pick-up configuration which is a great addition and not something you would normally find on a budget guitar. The pick-ups are controlled through a 3 way blade selector and there are volume and tone knobs. The tone knob also controls the coil tap via a push/pull action.
In terms of hardware the guitar is fitted with a vintage style tremolo and the tuners are locking, again a pleasant addition to a budget guitar.
The guitar plays well, the action is good and the weight and balance of the guitar is great. This combines to make a very comfortable guitar to play. The humbuckers are meaty enough with great tone and the coil tap provides a whole new dimension and greater flexibility. In essence this guitar gives a level of performance which you would expect from a much more expensive instrument, which is a massive plus in my book.
To sum up the Badger Classic Guitar is a great instrument. The build quality is great considering the budget entry level price tag of the guitar. Consider the flexibility of the humbuckers with a coil tap, this is not something you won’t in many other budget guitars. The retro styling of the guitar might not be to everyone’s tastes but for me the Badger Classic Guitar should carve itself a very comfortable niche in the competitive budget guitar market.
To find out more about Badger Guitars you can visit their website or if you want to buy the Badger Guitar you can pick it up through Gear 4 Music for a touch under £150 which is a massive £50 discount off the rrp.
|Badger Guitar Tech Spec|
|Bridge||Vintage Style Tremolo|
|Bridge pickup||Alncio Humbucking Pickup|
|Neck pickup||Alnico Humbucking Pickup|
|Pickup switching||3 way toggle switch|
|Controls||Separate volume and tone controls for each pick-up with coil tap on tone dial.|
|Recommended retail price||£199.99|
|If you love this guitar||Buy the Badger Guitar through Gear 4 Music|
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