With acoustic guitars largely still based in centuries-old technology, there is rarely an opportunity to talk about them in Guitar Moderne. Thus, I was happy to feature the Lava guitar in my NAMM report a couple of years ago. The Asian-based manufacturer Lava presents more like a technology company than a luthier-based enterprise, but either in spite of that or because of it I find them intriguing.
Their initial offering was a stunning example of modern design that reconfigured the concept of a carbon-based guitar. It also offered onboard effects that were audible without plugging in the instrument. As forward-thinking as it was, though, the ME 2 seemed more geared to the casual player than the pro.
Since then Lava has brought out the ME Pro, which retains the onboard effects but includes a serious pickup system, courtesy of LR Baggs. The system includes a body mic for performers who tap out rhythms on their instruments, whether simultaneously playing chords and melody or looping the body tapping to play over.
The latest offering, the ME 3, seems a return to hobby land but nevertheless paves new roads in guitar design, incorporating a touch screen and an interesting charging station. It also allows onboard looping.
The ME 3 seems like a great way to slam down ideas and/or up your playing game, but I mainly hope to see artists who use acoustic guitar to make modern music employing the ME Pro onstage.