Relish guitar review - The Jane from @RelishGuitars: an innovative instrument from Switzerland
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Relish guitar review – The Jane from @RelishGuitars: an innovative instrument from Switzerland

Published on 2015-04-23

Here's a Relish guitar review, the Jane model by Relish Guitars is entirely developed and built in Switzerland with some cool innovative ideas. I had the pleasure to do a interview with Silvan, one of the inventor, in Berlin during the Holy Grail Guitar Show.

Relish Guitars website: www.relishguitars.com

Relish guitar review

Here's a full video review of one of the very first Relish guitar to be available in France.

 

Conception of the guitar

On the image below you can clearly see that the Jane is built around an Aluminium frame on top of which the front and back in wood veneer are glued and the neck bolt on to the center beam.

Relish guitar review - The Jane from @RelishGuitars: an innovative instrument from Switzerland

Relish guitar review - The Jane from @RelishGuitars: an innovative instrument from Switzerland

The two small dots on the right of the pots are the sensors to switch on and off the pickups

Relish guitar review - The Jane from @RelishGuitars: an innovative instrument from Switzerland

The back of the Jane with the easy to remove cover to access the inside of the instrument

Relish guitar review - The Jane from @RelishGuitars: an innovative instrument from Switzerland

The inside of the Jane where you can see clearly the switching system powered by a 9v battery. The pickup themselves are completely passive.

Pedal board used in the review

Bottom row, from right to left (following the path of the guitar signal):

Top row, from right to left (following the path of the guitar signal):

  • The HP simulator Torpedo CAB from Two-Notes with a standard Marshall kind of clean tone
  • Reverb by Flint from Strymon (full video review here) used in the stereo

Pedal board used for the review of the Relish guitar

What I enjoyed the most

  • The ergonomic and design
  • The confort to play
  • The sound of the P90 pickups
  • The possibility to change pickups in 5min without changing strings

What I enjoyed the least

  • The not-so-fast switching system

Relish guitar review - Conclusion

It is not often that one sees on the market a guitar with a new design. Of course there has been in the past aluminum guitar trials (see Kramer and Travis Bean) but here the approach is completely redesigned to offer a very well appointed guitar.

The look is quite elegant without being too radical. It should not shock the hardcore traditionalists we are all as guitarists! Regarding the sound, this guitar sounds great. I have found the bite I love with those P90 pickups by Good Tone, which respond well to changes in the volume and tone knobs.

The pickups selection system with small light sensors requires a little practice. It allows a quick change with time we took the blow, however, it remains slower than a traditional switch with 3 positions. You can fast switch from one pickup to the other if you put the palm of your hand on both sensors at once, nice trick to learn with the Jane. One advantage of this system is that it offers a mute position without disconnecting or touching the volume if you disable the two pickups.

I was seduced by the sensual curves of this Jane. If you are looking for an original guitar that still meets all the traditional codes, try a Jane.

Until the next gear review, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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