Timberidge Guitars  
Timberidge Guitars
Timberridge Guitars


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Timberidge guitars stem from the top end of the Martinez brand. Owned and run from Melbourne under the Jade name, they have been designed specifically for the Australian market and utilise a number of timbers and features to offer a competitive guitar suited to a range of players. As an example of their new designs, I was lucky enough to play the TRC-112 semi-acoustic guitar, a 12-string with a pickup coming from the TR line of instruments. As a note, make sure you check out the interview with Steve Ainsworth, General Manager of Jade Australia elsewhere in this issue for a greater insight into both the Martinez and Timberidge brands (oppositte). Here we go.…

As part of the 1 series, the TRC –112 is made with a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The “NGL” por­ion of the model name stands for Natural Gloss, making for a slick and refined look, the guitar being smooth as silk all over and not a rough edge to be found. The binding, inlays and abalone rosette are also well done, making the TRC-112 a clean looking guitar that sits about right and isn’t too over the top with razzle dazzle. Add to that the included limited edition “paisey” case and straight away you can see the kind of effort Timberidge is making to offer as much value as possible. With an engraved leather-type look, the case features an intricate design, plush lining and gold latches, for a bold and distinctive look.

Like all Timberidge guitars, B-Band pickups come standard with this particular model, which uses the A3T. Featuring an inbuilt tuner, the A3T has controls for treble, middle, bass and presence and volume. The base of the guitar also has both XLR and jack sockets, giving you and your sound engineer a couple of out­put options, and the battery compartment is easily accessible here as well.

A 12-string guitar can be a great tool and really is a beautiful sounding instrument. The combination of octaves makes even the simplest voicing sound rich and complex, and I must admit that I couldn’t resist pulling out a bit of The Byrds’ “Turn, Turn, Turn” action to get the full effect. While I haven’t spent a huge amount of time with 12 strings (well, not as much time as I have playing sixstring guitars), I loved the feel and even tone of the TRC — 112. The action and intonation of the guitar was good making for easy left hand fingering (which can be a little daunting for those that haven’t played a 12) and the dread­nought shape made for a big tone with plenty of volume and projection.  For a 12-string acoustic with pickup in this price range, you’d be hard pressed to find an equivalent.

By Nick Brown

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If you’ve perused Australian music stores at any stage over the last few years, chances are you’ve heard of the guitar brand Martinez. How many of you realise that it’s actually Australian owned, though? Under the watchful eye of Jade Australia and its General Manager Steve Ainsworth, Martinez has continued to offer quality guitars aimed at the Australian market at a reasonable price. Building on this existing success, the Timberidge brand was introduced in 2004 and offers even more features and options, again aimed at the Australian market and under the banner of Jade Australia.
“Martinez the brand is owned by Jade Australia, and Jade themselves have a history that goes back 40 years this year,” says Steve. “So, being our own brand, we’ve got con­rol over the products. We do a lot of work with our overseas factory with design, construction, aesthetics and, of course, playability and tone. Timberidge has then been born out of the top end of the Martinez brand, and again we’re able to control how these guitars come out in terms of fea­tures and specifications.”
Steve himself has been in the wholesale scene since 1984, having previously worked for a number of major brands and having had input and influence in their designs, as well as being active as a player and clinician of the last 15 or so years. Sounds like he’s more than qualified to handle the affairs of an exciting inception such as Timberidge!
The latest range of Timberidge instruments was released late last year and included several new features, such as a recessed bridge pit, making for more break angle over the saddle of the guitar, which in turn allows for more saddle adjustment over time.
“Guitars are made of an organic material. Wood may move a little over time,” says Steve on the new bridge pit. “So this gives you extra room for adjustment in order to retain a low play­ng action.”
The overall aesthetic of the redesigned models has been kept subtle, so as not to take away from the look of the instrument.  Another feature is the specially designed laminated neck block. “Being the link between the neck and the body, it’s important that this joint remains solid, with zero timber expansion or contraction,” Steve explains. It is not uncommon for the neck blocks to expand and throw out the whole set up of the guitar. This can result in high action or fret buzz, normally around the 14th fret. Our new design ensures that the construction of the guitar isn’t compromised throughout the entire Timberidge line. From an aesthetic point of view, we’ve also decided to make the guitars without pick guards. This thinking is that you get more options, being the three included pick guards (black, clear and tortoise shell) or the minimalist look of none at all.”
Timberidge have aimed to cover a broad spec­trum of the market with a concise range of guitars, working from their 1 series with solid tops and backs, pickups and case, right up to the cedar top guitars of the 9 series. Highlighting this range, Timberidge offer a mix of  dreadnought and smaller body shapes, as well as 12-string and nylon instruments right throughout these ranges. But what about hardware? Well, Grover machine heads and B-band pickups have been chosen, which Steve says have been found to be very reliable and consistent. “The B band sys­em also fea­ures both a bal­nced and unbalanced outut, so it’s like having an inbuilt DI already in the guitar,” he says.
“We own and operate the brand from here in Melbourne,” Steve continues, “meaning we’re not dictated to and can spec the guitars the way we see them suited to the Australian market. That means we can hopefully provide instruments that are relevant to players in Australia. It is a competitive market, though, hence why we’re trying to build so many features into the products and adding options such as the paisley case. We’ve been very deliberate in making these guitars great value for money – that said, the range isn’t just going to stop at $1000, and there are plans to bring out a range of all solid guitars for $1500 — $2000 plus.”
Showing that Timberidge are indeed responding to the trends, needs and comments of the guitar buying public, parlour size style guitars are also in the pipeline for the near future. “There are no secrets,” Steve reiterates. “We’re an Australian owned wholesale company that owns these brands, and we are very happy to be able to spec these instruments in the way we like. Add in our five year warranty and we think we’ve got a great product at a competitive price!”
By Nick Brown