Review of Bedell HGD-28-G acoustic guitar
Old Hippies - what do they know? When it comes to acoustic
guitars, quite a bit, thinks Rick Graham as he tackles a
Dreadnought from new/old comers Bedell.
Born in a time and space where Peace,
Love and Rock and Roll were at the forefront of everyone's minds,
the success of Bedell Guitars has been a long time in the making.
Originally based in Iowa, USA and set up in the 1960s by the then
14 year old Tom Bedell, the Bedell Guitar Company eventually had
two retail stores and also supplied retailers in other states with
After a successful career out of the
music business and several years of retirement, Tom Bedell yearned
for a return to the 'good old days' and made the decision to start
in the guitar business again and in 2010 his Company 'Two Old
Hippies', run by Tom and Molly Bedell, joined forces with one of
the most highly respected luthiers in America, Kim Breedlove of
Breedlove guitars. Both brands are being run as separate companies,
it seems, so Breedlove fans needn't worry!
Bedell has a varied product line which
includes some top end instruments such as the 'Limited Edition'
series and 'Performance' series and counts such big names as Kenny
Loggins, Skunk Baxter and Phil Keaggy on their artist roster. The
subject of this particular review, though, is the HGD-28-G model,
which forms a part of their more accessible 'Heritage' series of
This guitar comes with a classic
Dreadnought body style and features an Alaskan Sitka spruce top
with rosewood back and sides. This traditional tonewood combination
should give a pronounced attack on the bass notes and increased
clarity on the treble range. The neck, which has a scale length of
25.5" and has 20 frets, is attached via a dovetail joint, is made
from Mahogany and bears a rosewood fingerboard. The nut has a width
of 1 11/16" and is crafted from bone, as is the bridge saddle
itself. Vegetarians might not approve but tonally and historically
it's a good, traditional choice! Attached to the rather neat and
tidy looking headstock are chrome die-cast tuners and there is a
Bedell logo (without the brand name) emblazoned across the very top
of the headstock itself.
Inside, the Bedell has a customised 'X
pattern' scalloped bracing pattern crafted from Engelmann spruce,
while outside you find a hi-gloss finish, which adds a touch of
class to what is already a very well constructed guitar indeed.
You can tell a lot from first
impressions and the Bedell felt right from the start. It comes in a
very good quality gig bag and it immediately felt comfortable to
hold. I was at home with it right from the word go.
Soundwise, the first thing that I
noticed was how full the bass strings were. I always liken a good
quality bass register of a guitar to have a very 'piano' like sound
and this guitar offered that comfortably. The treble register had
plenty of clarity though and was never at any point overshadowed by
those big, bold bass notes. That classic combination of spruce with
rosewood back and sides was working in perfect harmony. You'd be
right to expect a larger sized guitar like this Dreadnought to be
capable of producing some volume and it didn't disappoint in that
department either. You'd certainly have no trouble being heard
amongst your bandmates gigging at small pubs and clubs with this
guitar, that's for sure. Although the action felt a little on the
high side for me, I had no issues with playability at all and the
intonation was absolutely spot on.
There's a lot to like about the Bedell
HMG-28-G. It's an attractive looking instrument, if a little on the
plain side, is well constructed and has a great sound with lots of
volume on tap. And that's without taking into account the
affordable price tag you'll find attached to it.
If you're in the market for something
with a powerful voice, good build quality and tone on a limited
budget then this guitar is recommended for your 'ones to try' list.
We liked it a lot.
Check out the full review inc. video of the Bedell HGD-28-G by
Rick Graham in Issue 13 of Guitar Interactive (