The 7PCWE2 has a narrow string spacing at the bridge. This makes fingerstyle difficult for those used to a classical instrument, but more comfortable for the rock ’n’ roll or jazz player.
Clearly Spanish in character, there is a dryness to the sound, but with depth and width. Balance across the range is exceptional, as is articulation and separation, while harmonics are easily found and ring out true. Plugged in, the Fishman Prefix Pro Blend system proves powerful with permutations and sonic possibilities and more than enough scope for raising the ratios.
Going through each of the settings and EQ-ing to preference produces convincing ambient, mic sounds, and we found that setting the blend arm nearer to mic than pickup gives the most authentic ‘clean’ classical sound. The notch-filter proves to be an indispensable tool for curtialing feedback.
Pros: Rosewood tones.
Cons: Narrow string spacing at bridge.
Verdict: Ideal if you’re a plectrum player rather than a traditional fingerpicker.