SupraNatura G1070 Review

By Teja Gerken
Acoustic Guitar, March 2005

Excerpts from the review: "Breedlove, Simon and Patrick and Walden Small-Bodies." For more information on the G1070, click here.

Walk into almost any guitar store, and it will soon become apparent that large dreadnought-sized guitars are the most popular style available. Although dreadnoughts are great for their volume, punch and bass response, smaller people often struggle with the large body size and many players find dreadnoughts too “boomy.” Fingerstyle players, singer-songwriters, and soloists who don't need a lot of volume generally prefer guitars that respond better to a light touch than a dreadnought.

Although previously available in other parts of the world, Chinese-made Walden guitars have only recently been introduced to the US. While the name will most certainly be new to most guitarists, the company's Marketing and R&D Manager and primary designer, Jon Lee, was a former business partner at the CFox guitar company. The G1070, part of Walden's top-of-the-line SupraNatura series, has a solid cedar top, solid mahogany back, laminated mahogany sides, bolt-on graphite-reinforced mahogany neck, and a cosmetically simple appearance with nice touches like maple binding. The materials, construction, and craftsmanship of our review guitar were very good all around.... The guitar has a 25 1/2 -inch scale and a 1 11/16 -inch nut width.

I was first struck by the Walden's rich, fat bass response, a good indication of what was to come as I put it through its paces. It had a mature tone, was suited to fingerstyle playing and light strumming, and sounded open and balanced... It responded equally well to light and hard picking...

All of these instruments offered incredibly mature acoustic tone and would be great performing axes. The Walden SupraNatura G1070 definitely exuded the most "high-end" vibe in terms of tone and looks... The market has definitely been greatly enriched by this trio of small-bodied flattops.