Not too long ago, Friedman, a company known for their amplifiers, released their first ever guitar; the H15. We played a few of them at this year’s NAMM and were pleasantly surprised by it’s playability. Well, we finally got one at The Zoo HQ to fully test out, so we thought we’d share our first impressions. Here’s the scoop!
Borrowing a few notable design cues, the H15 gives off a vintage vibe initially, which we were later affirmed with by it’s relic’ing marks and bruising. At first glance, we were very drawn to the H15’s esthetic, and we were rightfully expectant of a classic feel and tone. However, we were surprised by the output of the Motor City Custom pickups, along with the feel of it’s vintage C-shaped neck. It’s a very light guitar thanks to it’s 1-piece AAA Grade Alder body, so long nights on stage with this thing shouldn’t be a chore at all. As for the controls, the volume and tone are very responsive, and give you what you want when you want it and rewarding you with a wall of mid-range when the amp is cranked at full gain. It also stays in tune well, thanks to it’s Gotoh tuners and hardtail bridge, which we like.
So what are our overall first impressions? Well, as a “first-shot” at building guitars, they’ve done a wonderful job at maintaining the “Friedman vibe” with it’s styling, and of course it offers a great tone when paired with their amps and a variety of others. When in comparison to other models in the same price range, the H15 holds it’s own very well. What we like the most about the H15 is that it isn’t trying too hard to be anything too specific, and with that said we’re pretty happy with this new model. However, like all guitars, we’ll just have to let you guys decide whether the H15 works for you. Get yours now through The Zoo! Scroll below to see the specs!
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Finish Color: Black Glossy
Aging: Medium Aged
Finish Type: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight: 7.32 lbs
Body Wood: 1-Piece Light AAA Grade Alder
Neck Wood: Quarter Sawn Maple
Scale Length: 25.5″
Pickups: Motor City Custom Dual Humbuckers
Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-way Switch (Orange Drop Capacitors and CTS Pots)
Tuners: Gotoh Vintage