Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Spruce SG A3T review

  • £870
  • $912

A simple yet highly accomplished electro

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Our Verdict

Plainish looks but a versatile powerhouse when fired up.

For

  • Fine all-round capabilities; excellent preamp.

Against

  • Nothing really, apart from the lack of heel strap button.
Buying options

Robert Godin's acoustic brands keep things simple, and while this Woodland Pro isn't exactly flamboyant, all the detailing is neatly executed.

The body, carrying a nicely even, hand-polished semi-gloss finish, is bound in dark brown plastic with cream top purfling, and there's a back centre strip of light/dark woods. The rosette's wood-marquetry inlay is attractive, and the peghead overlay is a twin veneer of mahogany and maple, bevelled to reveal maple edging.

With a shorter 632mm scale, the satin neck isn't grain filled but it's reasonably smooth, and the 44mm nut span and moderate-depth 'C' profile offers an accessible handful. Bridge string spacing is only just shy of 55mm, so picking is catered for.

Sounds

Given their mutual spruce/mahogany build, the Pro's inherent acoustic timbre isn't so dissimilar to that of the Tanglewood TW15H-E, though the lows aren't as deep and the delivery is lighter. It's
a balanced, easy-sustaining sound, and the open voicing helps reveal a sweetly sparkling top end.

The gainful A3T preamp proves thoroughly rewarding: there's huge tonal scope from the four bands, and while things can be overcooked, especially treble and presence, the permutations are so flexible the palette of sounds can tackle pretty much any electro genre.

Tech Specs

Country of OriginCanada
Available FinishSemi-gloss
Back MaterialSolid mahogany
Bridge MaterialRosewood
Fingerboard MaterialUnbound Rosewood
HardwareChrome die-cast tuners, bottom strap button
Neck MaterialMahogany
Scale Length (mm)632
Sides MaterialSolid mahogany
Top MaterialSolid spruce