Washburn launches the Bella Tono acoustic series in the UK

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Washburn has announced the arrival of their Bella Tono acoustic guitars series that introduces the company's new smaller-profile "Studio-sized" bodyshape.

The Bella Tono – Italian for good tone but just a careless "n" away from being good tuna, which might work, too – series comprises two entry-level models in Charcoal Burst, the Novo S9 and Vite S9V, and two carefully appointed midpriced models in, the Elegante S24S and Allure SC56S. 

Washburn says the new Studio-sized bodyshape offers a more comfortable playing experience while keeping the tight lows and mid-to-high frequency response of larger-bodied guitars. Each guitar has a 25.5-inch scale. 

The Novo S9 is priced at £169, the Vite S9V at £219, while the Elegante 24S retails at £439 and the flagship Allure SC56S at £489.

Bella Tono Novo S9 

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The Bella Tono Novo S9V comes in a high-gloss charcoal-burst spruce top and has figured walnut back and sides. It has a satin-finished okoume neck in a contemporary C-profile and an ebony fretboard. It's nice to see some binding at this price.

Bella Tono Vite S9V

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Bella Tono Vite S9V has a similar finish and spec to the Novo but has a cutaway body, an onboard Barcus Berry LX4 pickup system, and exotic-wood inlay on the ebony fretboard. 

Bella Tono Elegante S24S

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The Bella Tono Elegante S24S enjoys a solid-spruce top in a natural finish and has pau ferro on back and sides. The mahogany neck has a similar C profile to the others in the series, while abalone in the rosette, purfling and fretboard inlay adds a little bit of bling.

Indeed, the ebony fretboard depicts a scene of "mountains and birds in flight" which is pretty fancy at this or any other price.

Bella Tono Allure SC56S

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And so to the flagship model . . . The Bella Tono Allure SC56S has solid spruce top with acacia back and sides, and this time we have a beach seen inlay on the ebony fretboard. Again, the abalone is liberally applied, and again there is a mahogany C-profile neck which, allied to the new Studio-sized body, keeps a consistency of feel across the Bella Tono range.

There's a Washburn comfort arm rest on guitar's top. Electronics are taken care of by a Barcus Berry LX4 pickup system, so the Allure SC56S is ready to gig.

See Washburn for more details.

Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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