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Our review model is fitted with flatwound strings, so obviously it possesses a different feel to the rest but, importantly, it also presents a different slant on the sounds. It’s full of body, very warm and robust in tonal content. And with volume and tone controls for each pickup, along with a three-way selector switch, it has the power to offer the ultimate in twin-unit mixing.
The sweet spots are certainly there and, although they seem not so well pronounced as on the Hutchins, we feel that’s mainly down to the choice of strings and the pickup position also means they’re operating somewhat closer together. Yet these Chi-Sonic units are very impressive with a more traditional sound than the Prince II.
They also provide confident delivery, clear notation, great bottom-end for warmth over the entire range and a smooth edge to the upper frequencies. All in all this a very versatile machine that upholds its brand’s fine reputation.
Pros: Modern-retro; great sound; pro feel.
Cons: Flatwound strings.