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Are these worth a try? 

I  am specifically thinking of the-ahem- Naked Venus (down boy), and the slope shouldered Mars models (the sunburst and the mahogany).

Cheers. 
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 6865
    Definitely.
    I've been very impressed by those naked series ones.
    If I was after a new acoustic I'd probably go for the smaller Mercury.
    All solid wood for about £400.
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  • xSkarloeyxSkarloey Frets: 2928
    edited November 2016
    @Sassafras  I hadn't thought of that one. 

    Of the acoustics I've tried in my current guitar hunt,  my favourite is the Taylor spruce topped GS Mini. 

    That sets the bar quite high. I'll add the Mercury to the 'try list' now. 
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 11258
    edited November 2016
    Skarloey said:
    Are these worth a try? 
    Certainly if George Michael's to be believed.

    He recommends nothing else for performing guitar work on.
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  • I've got a Faith Naked Mercury. Simply put, it's wonderful. 

    They've cut costs where they can (the finish, binding, decoration), but spent it where it counts (solid woods, good tuners etc)
    It's a perfect sofa guitar: Small, comfortable, great sounding and easy to play.

    The finish IS ridiculously thin though, so it marks SUPER easily- you'll be acquiring accidental pick marks etc in no time. As such I'd be reluctant to take it out of the house much. Don't get me wrong, it's really well put together and completely solid feeling, but it shows superficial wear really easily.
    The thin finish does have the advantage that the guitar is amazing to play- it feels alive. Every note vibrates through your rib cage in a way I'd never experienced before. It responds well to playing dynamics too, again I suspect this is related to the ability of the top to move. 

    They CAN be very anaemic too- almost white in colour. Mine has now started to darken to a light honey colour which is really rather pleasant. 

    Overall I can't speak highly enough of it- I got mine second hand for a great price. Having had a series of "budget" acoustics I couldn't believe the step up in quality to this despite it being at the lower end of the Faith range.
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  • xSkarloeyxSkarloey Frets: 2928
    edited November 2016
    @stimpsonslostson Interesting info. Thanks. 

    Whatever I buy will get played put of the house at Open Mics, other meet ups etc. If I buy one and it gets marked then for me that's by the by, so thanks for the advice. Takamine used to (still do?) do cedar topped guitars with a thin finish and no scratchplate. I've seen them worn through like Willie Nelson's Trigger! 
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  • ennspekennspek Frets: 639
    The Faith stuff is brilliant in my opinion. They sound fantastic and are excellent value wherever in the range you look.
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  • I have a Naked Venus which I'm very pleased with... excellent bang for the buck in terms of quality, and acoustically sounds great.  The Shadow Nano-flex pickup is really natural... seems a lot less "quacky" than other piezo's I've tried, and with a spot of compression and reverb sounds excellent through our PA with the guitar EQ on flat.   I tried the full range - I initially was looking at the Hi-Gloss models, but found the Naked versions sounded better (to me)... a lot more "woody" than their more expensive siblings. Would buy another in a heartbeat.
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  • xSkarloeyxSkarloey Frets: 2928
    Thanks @babyfrank. Really thoughtful post. I think I need to put it on the to try list. 

    I have an 'unscratched itch', never having got a Takamine Nex shaped guitar when they were more common a decade ago. I get the feeling the Faith is in the same sort of vein as the Tak. 
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  • There's a nice looking Naked Mercury on Gumtree at the moment (https://www.gumtree.com/p/guitar-instrument/faith-naked-mercury/1204632972).

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  • ExorcistExorcist Frets: 108
    Very happy Faith owner here. I think mine is a Naked Saturn?
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  • ThorpyFXThorpyFX Frets: 2529
    I have owned a eclipse Saturn which i really liked, but it was too big for me as an occasional acoustic player.....

    So i just received a Faith Hi gloss Mercury (this one actually.....

    https://www.faithguitars.com/guitars/by-shape/mercury/product/137-fmehg-bnc-mercury-parlour-electro)

    truthfully this is perfect for me, platys very easily, sounds much bigger than its size, looks phenomenal. comes in a case and because of its size, ill pay it more. very much recommended 
    Adrian Thorpe MBE | Owner of ThorpyFx Ltd | Email: thorpy@thorpyfx.com | Twitter: @ThorpyFx | Facebook: ThorpyFx Ltd | Website: www.thorpyfx.com
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  • Looks good
    "Listening to you I get the music, gazing at you I get the heat"
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  • Played my guitar teachers Faith Saturn tonight; beautiful guitar and so easy to play.

    My Tanglewood's neck is bent beyond redemption and horrible to play.  I've been thinking about a Taylor but will now be giving Faith serious consideration. 
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  • MagicPigDetectiveMagicPigDetective Frets: 51
    edited January 15
    I really do fancy a Faith; they have a hell of a lot of shapes and finishes to choose from. My problem is that I dont live anywhere near a shop that stocks them. 

    The Venus Blood Moon looks beautiful, anybody played one?  

    https://www.faithguitars.com/guitars/by-series/blood-moon-series/product/183-fvbmb-venus-cut-electro
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