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Beryl Studio T – Electric Guitar Review

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Beryl Studio T – Electric Guitar Review

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Oli Cameron

Before I review the Beryl Studio T I’d like to give you some context, (this is not to show off or anything like that it’s just so you get a frame of reference for the rest of the review which will i hope help to make my point…). For the last 3 years I have been playing a £2000 completely one off Sims Custom Shop. I recorded with it, gigged with it and generally loved it above all my other guitars (all 12 of them), and in all honesty I still do, as you should if a guitar is made to measure.

…The Beryl Studio T is an extremely solid workhorse guitar, with the looks and playability of the sexiest middle/high-range competitors at much less of the price…

Beryl Studio TNone-the-less my number one was getting beat up with various chips in the paint and the odd gouge to the body, all war wounds with stories that will remind me of the gigs it endured at my hands.

I needed a replacement to take out on the road, something sturdy and reliable which would play and sound as good as my number 1 but without the hefty price tag, which would mean I’d be afraid to throw it around on stage.

Cue a hefty search at several guitar shows and in many stores … and you know what the Beryl Studio T is pretty damn close and for just £599 the deal was done!

Features:

Body: American Alder
Neck: Canadian Hard Rock Maple
Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
Radius: 241 mm (9.5 inches)
Frets: 22 (medium sized)
Pick-ups: Beryl T Set (3 way selector)
Nut: 42 mm PPS
Hardware: Beryl T series Chrome
Colours: Cherry Sunburst, White or Black
Strings: the guitar comes with D’Addario 009
Extras: Luxury gig bag included with every guitar

Ease of use:

The guitar plays like a dream straight out of the box, set up by the guys at Beryl. It feels like a much more expensive guitar, comparable to a Fender USA Standard Telecaster in feel.

The slimmer neck on the Beryl makes it quicker to play on those fast runs but doesn’t feel like a widdle stick like an Ibanez, so you know you’re playing a “proper” guitar for lack of a better term.

Sound Quality:

The Beryl T pickups are great; the bridge has a solid useable rock tone and the neck sparkles, perfect for blues or jazz sounds. Coupled with the selected woods, this guitar just sings through a good amp and will keep any player happy for a very long time

I must admit that I have swapped out the bridge pick-up to a Bare Knuckle Piledriver to get the output level higher, as this guitar was to replace my P90 equipped custom shop and am likely to do the same with the neck when I have the time and money.

This has nothing to do with the quality of the standard pick-ups but the fact I needed more grunt, and already have a standard Tele to get those sounds.

Reliability:

The Studio T is extremely solid, and trust me I’ve put it to the test live, having thrown the guitar while getting a bit excited at the end of a set twice, it’s just bounced and come straight back up fighting with only the mildest scuff to the paint where it landed.

No other problems have manifested, I’d be happy to take this guitar out on the road without a back-up if it wasn’t for the eventuality of breaking strings, where it’s just quicker to grab another guitar than re-string on stage.

Overall Rating:

The Beryl Studio T is an extremely solid workhorse guitar, with the looks and playability of the sexiest middle/high-range competitors at much less of the price.

Easily standing up to the likes of Fender, it’s a guitar you should check out if you’re looking for a new axe!

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Oli Cameron

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