First Act CE530 Delia review

Ooh, foxy lady…

  • £149
She's a foxy lady!

MusicRadar Verdict

One class act indeed!


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    Visual flair and classy rock tone.


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    Not one for Download.

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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.