First Act CE530 Delia

Ooh, foxy lady…

Guitars named after your aunt are generally bad news - but the Delia's kooky semi-hollow construction, violin-style f-holes and oddball cutaways make it a highly individual guitar.

First Act reckon she's "all dressed up and ready to go out", and you'd have to agree, with the gorgeous finish drawing the eye and the twin humbuckers ensuring she'll make her voice heard in the lairiest rock club.

OK, so she won't do it for metallers - the neck ain't fast enough and the semihollow body doesn't thrive on filth - but anyone else should seriously consider this axe.

We loved Delia's individual looks, found moving chords and riffs over the neck really comfortable, thanked the sweet baby Jesus for the comparatively light mass and were knocked out by the characterful tone of those 'buckers.

Played clean, they deliver a stunning warmth that brings authenticity to your Byrds riffs, while pushing them takes you closer to the ragged roar of vintage Pete Townshend. If this is the benchmark for what First Act can do, it'll get on well in Britain.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Visual flair and classy rock tone.

Cons

Not one for Download.

Verdict

One class act indeed!

Available Controls

2 x Volume 3-way Pickup Selector Tone

Available Finish

Solid Metallic Black, Powder Blue, Velvet Red

Bolt-on Neck

Yes

Case Included

No

Cutaway

No

Fingerboard Material

Rosewood

Fretless

No

Guitar Body Material

Basswood

Hardware

Chrome

Includes Bag

No

Left Handed Model Available

No

Neck Material

Maple

Pickguard

No

Phantom power

No

Pickup Configuration

2 x Humbucker

Pickup Type

2 x Alnico V Vintage Style Humbuckers

Tremolo

No

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