Guitar Review – Fastback Alquier “Codetalker” by Maurice Dupont

This Fastback Alquier model Codetalker built in the Maurice Dupont luthier workshop is a design by luthier Jean-Yves Alquier. It's still possible to get a custom Fastback entirely made by Jean-Yves but you now have the option to get a more affordable version with the same design and built by Maurice Dupont team in France.

Spoiler: this instrument is a great luthier guitar.

Fastback Alquier "Codetalker" by Maurice Dupont

Fastback Codetalker photos

Here are a couple of photos of this very elegant instrument.

Guitar Review - Fastback Alquier by Maurice Dupont - The Guitar Channel

Guitar Review - Fastback Alquier by Maurice Dupont - The Guitar Channel

Guitar Review - Fastback Alquier by Maurice Dupont - The Guitar Channel

Guitar Review - Fastback Alquier by Maurice Dupont - The Guitar Channel
Guitar Review - Fastback Alquier by Maurice Dupont - The Guitar Channel

Rig used for the review

Here's the pedalboard used for the review. The Universal Audio Apollo Twin interface is used for the amp simulation and as the interface to the computer. The sound is pretty spectacular. Stay tuned for a full review of this interface which sounds as good as it looks.

Rig for the review using the Apollo Twin as the interface for amp simulation

Rig for the review using the Apollo Twin as the interface for amp simulation

What I enjoyed the most

  • The quality of the sound
  • The build quality
  • Very lightweight instrument
  • Stylish design

What I enjoyed the least

  • Radical design might not please everybody (but that's the point!)

Conclusion

Yes the design of this guitar is pretty radical. But God does it feels good to see a guitar shape moving a little bit from the beaten paths of the Strat/Tele/Les Paul paradigm! Personally I dig it. Not only it is original but it is very ergonomic. The body of the guitar feels great when you hold it. The balance is perfect.

Sound wise, the 2 pickup Telecaster like configuration with the twist of the mini-humbucker in the neck position works very well. You have tones of sounds at your fingertips here. The blend of the two Benedetti pickups works also great.

For more information on these guitar you can contact the Maurice Dupont shop in Paris through their website: www.dupontdesarts.fr

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

Pierre.

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