Farida CT-32 review

Nostalgic for the P-90s

  • £369
The look is reminiscent of a Fender design or two, but the CT is a tonal individual

MusicRadar Verdict

The CT-32 is fuss-free: you plug in, you play. You don't want to stop.


  • +

    Fender-esque feel with unique tones. Comfortable neck. Articulate clean tones.


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    Untidy nut.

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The Farida CT is available in washed-out Olympic White or black, and looks and feels like an instrument that has been pared down at design level to the bare essentials.

With its solid alder body, it's reassuringly chunky - if not quite the load of its dual- humbucker'd mahogany sibling, the CT-36. A slimline satin-smooth maple neck is bolted to said body.

"Once you plug in and play, it feels Fender-esque, but that P-90 combination lends it a different voice"

If its clunky heel suggests that the 17th and 22nd frets are for special occasions only, the neck reassures you that the fleet-fingered player is going to be rewarded with a comfortable ride, and its dual P-90 pickups promise earthy but bright and punchy definition to the tone.

Just as Farida subverts our expectations as to what to expect from its guitars - originality, imaginative spec, cool design, and so forth - the CT-32 has an extra- dimensional vibe to it. Once you plug in and play, it feels Fender-esque, but that P-90 combination lends it a different voice.

The CT-32 has a distinctive timbre that's sharp and full of attitude in the bridge pickup, rounded and refined with both bridge and neck selected, timber-centric in the neck.

Through an overdriven valve amp, the bridge pickup has trebly bite and midrange gut, while the neck pickup excels in articulating clean tones for intricate jazz.

An untidy nut is the only noteworthy flaw in the finish, but as with the CT-36, a set of nickel Kluson tuners keeps the tuning stable.

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.