If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram then you’ve hopefully caught a few photographs I’ve captured this past week or so. I’ve been playing around with a Campfire Guitars electro-acoustic guitar. If all goes to plan I will have a video review (as much as I’m capable of reviewing through the medium of video at least) in the coming weeks. In the meantime I wanted to share some photographs and a bit of story around my experience with the whole receiving of a couriered guitar scenario.
This is almost an un-boxing article. I’ll try to make it more interesting than that though. Through pictures and words!
Before I get too involved in my wordiness, let’s take a look at the Campfire Guitar. Then my words will explain what the gallery captions don’t. Awesome right?
Onto the wordiness
When the Campfire Guitar was delivered by the courier company, it arrived inside your standard cardboard box of guitar goodness. If you’ve bought a guitar before, chances are you’ve seen this box. Often when I receive such a box, the guitar is found right inside (hopefully safe and sound). I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was the Campfire Guitar safe and sound inside, but it was safe and sound inside the guitar equivalent of a Matryoshka Doll—you know those little wooden dolls with tinier versions of themselves inside.
Essentially, the cardboard box had a guitar case inside it. That guitar case had an acoustic guitar that was safely and securely wrapped in protective wrapping material. This went around the entire guitar. Once that was removed, there was another layer around the strings on the fretboard. I was seriously impressed. Needless to say, the guitar came out flawless.
There were other details that impressed me with the delivery of this guitar as well. For starters, the strings were not in tune. Why is that a good thing? Well a guitar that is shipped in tune most likely has too much pressure applied to the neck for the transit process. It’s a small but important detail that impresses me when it’s handled correctly.
For first-time guitar owners/players this could perhaps be troublesome though. How does a first-time guitar owner/player get this new guitar in tune? Well luckily these guitars come with built-in tuners. So tuning is dead easy. The tuner is another feature that features in my happy with the delivery story as well. There are two reasons why.
- The battery component for the built-in acoustic pickup is easily accessed at the base of the guitar near the input plug.
- The battery is initially wrapped in a layer of plastic ensuring the battery doesn’t leak or corrode the inner-workings of the guitar during any warehousing or freight time.
It’s that kind of attention to detail that has impressed me so far with this Campfire Guitar. If I had purchased a guitar like this as my first acoustic I doubt I’d have two acoustic guitars and feel the need for another (which I currently do).
If you do order a Campfire Guitar, there is one other thing I’d point out. Check the guitar case outer-pocket. You may just find a Campfire Guitar plectrum. Wheoever gets this test version may also receive a Scarebear guitar plectrum somewhere in the guitar case. Just for fun.
I plan on writing a follow-up article soon on the Campfire guitar (including video evidence of the guitar’s build quality and my terrible guitar playing). Until then, admire the unboxing-style images and perhaps watch and listen to this 15 second grab I posted on Instagram. Stay tuned (as they say in all good guitar related stories).