An extraordinarily lucky thing happened as I was testing this Froggy Bottom out to write a tonal evaluation for you, Wildwoodians: after playing for about twenty minutes, I realized that it was tuned a half-step down. Now, guitars respond differently when down-tuned, so I had to play this beautiful H-14 Deluxe for another half-hour to make sure that I could accurately describe it to you. Anything less would have been downright unethical, because I simply couldn't bear to give our exceptional customers anything less than a spot-on tonal evaluation.
All part of Wildwood's legendary commitment to customer service, I tell ya!
Anyhoo, I was delighted that circumstances forced me to play this Froggy Bottom for so long, because it is a truly singular and wonderful instrument. Guitarists often speak of koa as a wood that needs to be "broken-in" to achieve maximum warmth and bass response, but there is no need with this serial. It has a delicious broad, woody midrange, and it has more low-end depth than a guitar this size should legally be allowed to have.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the Froggy Bottom luthiers are wizards that have chose to use their incredible powers for benevolent purposes. It's the only way to explain how broken-in this guitar sounds and how strong the bass response is!
Facetiousness aside, this H-14's lows are truly spectacular: warm and expansive, but with a dry harmonic profile that allows them to stay clear and well-mannered.
Above these thumping basses, you can hear the fundamental ring out loud and proud in the low midrange. The best word for the mids is "satisfying." Anytime you hit a single note (even notes on the high E string), it feels meaty, full, and powerful. So, when you fingerpick, you get an exceptional amount of muscle!
To create contrast with the clear, woody basses and mids, the acoustic qizards at Froggy Bottom have imbued this serial with lots of sparkle and shimmer in the highs. So, you get lots of lush overtones blooming above a rock-solid foundation!
This happenin' H-14 Deluxe also has lots of headroom, so it handles a pick quite well. In fact, its midrange-forward voice and sparkly high-end make it a perfect strummer for the studio.Of course, it also sounds great for fingerpicking (in fact, I may need to test it for another half-hour just to make sure...).
Anyone searching for a versatile acoustic with a well-rounded frequency response profile and a powerful yet sweet voice will love this fantastic Froggy Bottom!