Complete Faith Guitars Comparison - A Guide To Differences

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We've put together a complete Faith Guitars comparison so you can find out which guitar or series is right for you

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When it comes to Faith guitars, there are so many options out there so we've put together a complete Faith Guitars comparison where we discuss the different series, different shapes and sounds and highlight which guitars are best for certain types of players.

So, you want to buy a new acoustic guitar and you've decided to add one of the incredible Faith guitars to your collection. But which one should you go for? Hi-Gloss Series or Blood Moon? Natural Series or Naked Series? Granted, there is a lot to consider before pulling the trigger on buying your new Faith.

Allow us to help you out with our complete Faith Guitars comparison where we look closer at every Faith series so that you can easily compare them side by side.

Before we get started, you should always consider that the certain sound from one acoustic guitar may appeal to one player more than another - choosing a guitar is very much subjective and therefore a personal choice. There is no substitute for trying before you buy to see what sounds and feels best to you. We recommend calling into your local PMT store to try the full range out for yourself.

Faith PJE Legacy Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: Players seeking something special. Based on Faith Guitars designer Patrick James Eggle’s historic acoustic body shapes, PJE Legacy guitars set a stunning and professional precedent in the acoustic guitar world.
  • Topwood: Torrefied Canadian Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Side Wood: African Khaya Mahogany
  • Electronics: Fishman Flex Blend / Condenser Mic
  • Tone: A mature voicing that is commonly only achieved after a good 20 years of frequent playing.

The details:

If you’re looking for something special, then the Faith PJE Legacy series is certainly worth considering. Concentrating on Patrick James Eggle’s historic acoustic body shapes, PJE Legacy guitars set a stunning and professional precedent in the acoustic guitar world.

So, what makes the Faith PJE Legacy series so special? The Canadian Sitka Spruce tops have been kiln-aged through a method of torrefaction (or torrefication as some people call it) to produce a very stable timber that produces a rich, mellow tone. Furthermore, this process helps produce a mature voicing that is commonly only achieved after a good 20 years or so of frequent playing. Match this with African Khaya Mahogany on the back and sides and you’ve got a set of guitars that have a distinctive voice and excellent tonal depth.

They are perfect for players seeking a professional acoustic guitar with a retail price way below what you would expect for such highly appointed and unique models.

Models in the series:

- FG1HCE PJE Legacy Earth E/Cut
- FG1NCE PJE Legacy Neptune E/Cut
- FG1RE PJE Legacy Mars E/Cut
- FG5HCE – Dark Roast Earth E/Cut (Available from Dec 2019)
- FG5HCE - PJE Legacy Dark Roast Earth Cut/Electro

 

Faith Blood Moon Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: Responds well to hard picking and strumming playing. A beautiful stage guitar that is sure to grab attention.
  • Topwood: Solid Figured Indonesian Trembesi
  • Back & Side Wood: Solid Figured Indonesian Trembesi
  • Electronics: Fishman INK3 Preamp and Fishman Undersaddle Pickup
  • Tone: Warm and balanced. Similar tonal qualities to Mahogany with a little top-end sparkle.

The details:

Next up in our Faith Guitars comparison is the Faith Blood Moon series. It’s no secret now that the Faith Blood Moon series has become one of the UK’s most popular acoustic guitar ranges. Having been voted ‘The UK’s Best Acoustic Guitar’ upon its launch in 2016, it’s easy to see why the Blood Moon series has been turning so many heads ever since.

They feature the finest, figured Javanese Trembesi for the top, back and sides, finished in stunning deep-oranges, bursts of ochre and mid-red stains. Indigenous to the Indonesian island of Java, Trembesi is a loose relative of Indonesian Mahogany, and you can, therefore, expect similar tonal qualities commonly associated with Mahogany: a warmth and balance across the strings. Trembesi does have an extra little rosewood-eque, top-end sparkle though.

Plus, did we mention that they look stunning!

Models in the series:

- FVBMB Blood Moon Venus E/Cut (Voted ‘The UK’s Best Acoustic Guitar 2016’)
- FVBMBL Blood Moon Venus E/Cut Lefthanded
- FNCEBMB Blood Moon Neptune E/Cut

Faith Blue Moon Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: A good choice for measured players wanting a truly distinctive and left-field acoustic guitar.
  • Topwood: Solid Figured Java Mango
  • Back & Side Wood: Solid Figured Java Mango
  • Electronics: Fishman INK3 Preamp and Fishman Undersaddle Pickup
  • Tone: Crisply articulate and distinctly warm tone. Not unlike to Mahogany or Koa.

The details:

If you’re a guitarist who is looking for an acoustic guitar that is truly distinctive and slightly leftfield then you really must take a look at the Faith Blue Moon series. First up, Faith uses Solid Mango tonewoods on the top, back and sides. This unusual choice offers a host of benefits and opportunities that you may never have imagined.

Solid Mango you say… How does that sound? Solid Mango is one of the coolest tonewoods in our Faith guitars comparison. It resides somewhere between a hardwood and a softwood, not unlike to Mahogany or Koa. The team at Faith take great care to select the stiffest boards produced from each log as these produce the best tone. The results? An articulate and distinctly warm tone that is most at home in the upper-bass frequencies, stable through the mid-range, and falls off at the top. It is perfect for measured playing styles.

Models in the series:

- Faith Neptune Cutaway, Blue Moon Burst

Faith HiGloss Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: A good choice for soloists and fingerstyle players.
  • Topwood: Solid Engelmann Spruce
  • Back & Side Wood: Solid Rosewood
  • Electronics: Fishman INK3 Preamp and Fishman Undersaddle Pickup (Series includes some acoustic-only models)
  • Tone: Bright and lively, with great clarity.

The details:

All Faith guitars feature all-solid tonewoods. HiGloss models are no exception with their high-grade Engelmann Spruce tops and highly-figured Rosewood back and sides.

Tonally, this combination of wood is generally bright and lively, with great clarity – aided by their all-over gloss finish. The frequency curve resembles a smile: high on the bass, dropping down through the middle and climbing once again at the top end, meaning individual notes shine through well, lending itself particularly well to fingerstyle and solo pieces.

Models in the series:

- FVHG HiGloss Venus E/Cut (Voted ‘The UK’s Best Acoustic Guitar 2012’)
- FVHG-PERC HiGloss Venus E/Cut Percussive
- FVHGL – HiGloss Venus E/Cut Lefthanded
- FJHG HiGloss Jupiter
- FJCEHG HiGloss Jupiter E/Cut
- FMEHG-BNC HiGloss Mercury E/Scoop
- FNCEHG – HiGloss Neptune E/Cut
- FNHG – HiGloss Neptune
- FSCEHG HiGloss Saturn E/Cut
- FSHG HiGloss Saturn
- FLCEHG - Lyra Nylon String Cut/Electro
- FNBCEHG - HiGloss Baritone Neptune Cut/Electro

Faith Classic Burst Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: A good choice for players who like a slightly wider string spacing. The 45mm nut width will appeal to fingerstyle and bluegrass players.
  • Topwood: Solid Red Cedar
  • Back & Side Wood: Solid Mahogany (Deep Stain)
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone with Soundhole Controls / undersaddle pickup (Series includes some acoustic-only models)
  • Tone: Prominent lower midrange that is rich and warm, with a beautiful vocal nature.

The details:

For players seeking a classic design with the benefit of a beautifully warm tone, look no further than Faith’s Classic Burst series. Here, the combination of Red Cedar and Mahogany delivers a full-bodied tone with a prominent lower midrange that is rich and warm, with a beautiful vocal nature.

A deep brown, amber and red three-burst finish is intentionally understated and, with the series encompassing a mix of electro and traditional non-electro models and matched with a wider 45mm nuts, it is sure to appeal to players with a fondness for traditional acoustic guitar designs as well as fingerstyle and bluegrass players.

Models in the series:

- Faith FMESB45-BNC Classic Burst Mercury Parlour Electro Acoustic 45mm
- Faith Mars FRSBG Acoustic Guitar Classic Burst
- Faith Classic Burst Mars Drop Dreadnought Electro Acoustic 45mm Nut
- Faith Classic Burst Mars Electro 45mm Nut Left Handed
- Faith Classic Burst Venus Electro Acoustic with 45mm Nut
- Faith Mars FRSB Acoustic Guitar Classic Burst

Faith Eclipse Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: Created as ‘stage guitars’ – reliable workhorses that deliver exceptionally onstage. Will appeal to those who favour a darker aesthetic.
  • Topwood: Solid Engelmann Spruce (Black Gloss)
  • Back & Side Wood: Solid Mahogany (Black Gloss)
  • Electronics: Fishman INK3 Preamp and Fishman Undersaddle Pickup
  • Tone: A focused and controlled tone perfect for live performance.

The details:

Using the popular tonewood combination of Spruce and Mahogany, Faith Eclipse models are finished with a black stain and a clear all-over PU lacquer. This focuses and controls the tonewood resonance, resulting in a more predictable and concentrated tone. If you’re someone who regularly performs live with your acoustic, Faith Eclipse models are guitars you should definitely be trying out.

Models in the series:

- FECM-BNC Eclipse Mercury E/Scoop
- FECV Eclipse Venus E/Cut
- FECV12 Eclipse Venus E/Cut 12 String
- FECVL Eclipse Venus E/Cut Lefthanded

Faith Natural Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: A good choice for recording artists. Ideal for accompaniment and strumming.
  • Topwood: Solid Engelmann Spruce
  • Back & Side Wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Electronics: Fishman INK3 Preamp and Fishman Undersaddle Pickup (Series includes some acoustic-only models)
  • Tone: Classic mix of Spruce and Mahogany - Delivers a balanced sweet, mellow and warm tone.

The details:

The Faith natural series is the most stripped-down option in our Faith guitars comparison guide. The Natural series was the very first style of Faith Guitar. They embody the essence of the high-quality design and high specification detail on show throughout Faith’s entire guitar range courtesy of their world-renowned British designer and luthier Patrick James Eggle.

Using a classic mix of high-grade Englemann Spruce for the top matched with satin finished Mahogany for the back and sides, they sound sweet, mellow and warm, delivering a balanced tone. Notes blend well, making the Faith Natural series perfect for strumming and accompaniment styles. They sit well in a mix when recorded.

Models in the series:

- FNCE Natural Neptune E/Cut
- FNCEL Natural Neptune E/Cut Lefthanded
- FS Natural Saturn
- FSL Natural Saturn Lefthanded
- FV Natural Venus E/Cut
- FVL Natural Venus E/Cut Lefthanded
- FTNE Titan Bass Electro

Faith Mahogany Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: Faith describes this series as “friendly” - we agree. They react well to fingerstyle, hard picking and strumming techniques equally.
  • Topwood: Solid Mahogany
  • Back & Side Wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Electronics: Fishman INK3 Preamp and Fishman Undersaddle Pickup (Series includes some acoustic-only models)
  • Tone: A clear and direct tone with a sweet and woody nature. Plenty of midrange.

The details:

A good quality all Mahogany acoustic guitar typically delivers a clear and linear tone. Faith Mahogany series models excel at this. Aided by their all-solid tonewood construction (in keeping with all Faith guitars), Faith Mahogany series acoustics deliver a very pleasant tone with a sweet and woody nature.

The team at Faith describes the series as “friendly” - we agree. They are great all-rounders that react well to fingerstyle, hard picking and strumming techniques equally. Expect plenty of midrange here.

Models in the series:

- FNCEMG Mahogany Neptune E/Cut (Voted ‘The UK’s Best Acoustic Guitar 2014’)
- FRMG Mahogany Mars Drop Shoulder Dreadnought

Faith Nexus Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: Players seeking a high-quality acoustic with bags of visual appeal from Faith’s middle price range.
  • Topwood: Solid Mahogany
  • Back & Side Wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Electronics: Fishman Presys2 / Fishman Sonicore
  • Tone: Emphasis on mid-range frequencies. A distinctive tonal voice.

The details:

For guitarists wanting an affordable acoustic with bags of visual appeal and excellent spec, Faith Nexus series guitars tick all of the boxes. From Faith’s middle price range, Nexus guitars are beautiful, gloss-finished models with all-solid Mahogany tops, backs and sides.

Free of unnecessary cosmetic embellishments, Faith Nexus guitars instead place an emphasis on the tonewood’s natural variations and the hand-applied Copper-Black or Cognac stains to add visual appeal. And we think they look great!

Their all-solid Mahogany construction means you can expect guitars that love to be played hard and that deliver a distinctive tone, with a prominent mid-range.

Models in the series:

- FPNECG Nexus Neptune Electro Cognac
- FPNECK Nexus Neptune Electro Copper Black
- FPVCG Nexus Venus E/Cut Cognac
- FPVCK Nexus Venus E/Cut Copper Black
- FPVCKL Nexus Venus E/Cut Copper Black Lefthanded

Faith Naked Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: For players of all levels wanting a satin-finished uncomplicated guitar that is incredibly responsive and that longs to be played.
  • Topwood: Solid Engelmann Spruce
  • Back & Side Wood: Solid Indonesian Mahogany
  • Electronics: Fishman Presys-1 Preamp and Sonicore Pickup (Series includes some acoustic-only models)
  • Tone: Solid-tonewood guitars free from cosmetic flourishes, resulting in acoustics that are almost completely unrestricted in resonant movement. Can only mean one thing… Great natural tone!

The details:

The Naked series is one of Faith’s most popular series – and for good reason. They are incredibly priced all-solid tonewood guitars where all cosmetics and non-essential dressing have been stripped away. This leaves the guitars in their natural state, meaning the tone delivered far exceeds what is normally anticipated at this price point.

With the Faith Naked series, you can expect incredibly responsive acoustics that wear their hearts on their sleeves and are a joy to play.

Models in the series:

- FKNE Naked Neptune Electro
- FKNEBK Naked Neptune Electro Black Stain
- FKS Naked Saturn
- FKSE Naked Saturn Electro
- FKSE12 Naked Saturn Electro 12 String
- FKV Naked Venus E/Cut (Voted ‘The UK’s Best Acoustic Guitar 2013’)
- FKV12 Naked Venus 12 Sting E/Cut
- FKVL Naked Venus E/Cut Lefthanded
- FKVBK Naked Venus Black Stain E/Cut
- FKVBKL Naked Venus Black Stain E/Cut Lefthanded
- FKVCD Naked Venus E/Cut Electro Cedar/Mahogany
- FKVMG Naked Venus E/Cut Mahogany

Faith Nomad Series

Quick overview:

  • Suitable for: For players who frequently travel with their guitar. Perfect for camping trips, festivals, or around a beach campfire. Also great for players who simply find a physically smaller guitar easier to handle.
  • Topwood: Solid Spruce / Solid Mahogany
  • Back & Side Wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonicore Pickup and Isys T preamp.
  • Tone: Mini powerhouses made from all-solid tonewoods like their bigger Faith siblings. Take it anywhere but don’t compromise on your sound quality. What’s not to like?

The details:

The Faith Nomad series is the most travel-friendly option in our Faith Guitars comparison.

Are you someone who just can’t be without your acoustic? Do you take yours on holiday with you? To festivals? Faith Nomad series guitars are the perfect travel guitars designed for those who regularly travel with their guitar but who still want an acoustic that will deliver excellent tone and sound quality.

Maybe you simply find a physically smaller acoustic easier to play. With a scale of 590mm, an all-solid tonewood construction and onboard electronics, look no further than Faith Nomad guitars.

Unlike the majority of small-scale and travel acoustic guitars, Faith Nomad series models come with the added benefit of being fitted with excellent Fishman preamp systems – So, it turns out you can play your Faith Nomad at the local open mic night as well as on the beach. Win, win!

Models in the series:

- FDS Nomad Mini-Saturn Electro
- FDNMG Nomad Mini-Neptune Electro

Remember, buying your next acoustic guitar is very much a personal choice. This Faith guitars comparison serves as a guide to help you along the way. You can’t beat trying guitars out to find ‘the one’ that sounds and feels best to you. Try out the full range of Faith Guitars at any PMT store!

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Further reading: 6 Reasons Why You Need To Try A Faith Guitar

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