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Introducing the Norman ST40 Folk guitar with Fishman Presys electronics. Norman has been making premium acoustic guitars since the early 70's, and is one of Godin's original acoustic brands. This Folk style guitar has a select Cedar top and solid Mahogany back and sides for a focused midrange voice that nicely compliments the dynamics of fingerstyle playing.
This guitar briefly left the studio for a demo show, and some recording sessions. It is in like-new condition with the original case and paperwork. Photos are the actual guitar except for control panel and headstock.
The Norman ST40 Folk guitar features:
There is a lot of depth and history to the Godin family of brands. Norman is one of the oldest Godin brands and has been hand-crafting acoustic guitars in La Patrie, Quebec since the early 1970's. Norman pioneered many of Godin's construction techniques to insure great tone, long life and great playability. These features include their custom polished finishes for maximum vibration, integrated set necks for perfect neck pitch and their durable kerf-joint headstock construction.
The Norman ST40 has a pleasing old-school look with its satin polished finish, slotted tuners, and the maple leaf decoration of the soundhole reminds you of where the magic happens. The top is solid pressure-tested Cedar and the back and sides are solid Mahogany. Cedar is a physically softer wood than a typical Spruce top. It has a slightly softer, sweeter top end than Spruce, and an enhanced low to midrange content. Combining Cedar with solid Mahogany is in a way doubling down on the "warm" tonewoods, but the ST40's smaller folk body focuses the sound and adds a surprising amount of punch. The low and midrange frequencies are assertive, and the high end has a lasting sweetness to the notes without sounding dry, which brings out great dynamics especially suitable for finger pickers. The smaller volume of the folk body “pushes” the air quickly, and while it lacks the bottom end of a larger body style, it makes up for it in dynamic response.
The Fishman Presys electronics is a very capable 3-band system with integrated tuner and phase switch. It’s simple but effective with a clear, non-brittle top end, detailed midrange and reasonable bass extension. Things have come a long way from the early sterile “crackle” of piezo systems, and the Presys more than holds its own.
All acoustics sound better as they age but the Norman ST40 looks and sounds like a "nice old guitar" right out of the box. This is in part due to Norman's finishing techniques, and overall there is a resonance and complexity to the tone that's hard to achieve without solid wood construction. A nicely priced introduction the world of all-solid wood guitars, the Norman ST40 aims to please.