Moon C3 Acoustic Guitar



  • Mini dreadnought body size
  • Sitka Spruce top
  • Indian Rosewood back and sides
  • 25 1/2" scale length with 43mm nut width
  • Hiscox case

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£ 1,625.00

-£ 350.00

£ 1,975.00

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What We Say:

Introduced by Moon in the early 2000s, the idea behind the C-3 is one of those that is so good you wonder why no-one has thought of it before: a guitar with the upper bout of a 000 size and the lower bout of a dreadnought. The depth follows the same pattern, being quite slender at the neck heel but full dreadnought depth by the endblock. The idea is to produce a guitar with a dreadnought sound that feels less unweildy to hold on the lap, and although it still feels like a pretty substantial instrument it's certainly less of an armful. 

Aside from the proportions, the spec for this guitar is the same as the 000-3, with Rosewood back and sides and a clean, uncluttered aesthetic. The timber selections are really good and the top has some very attractive cross silking. The neck is a C profile that we'd describe as on the slim side of medium, and it has a 43mm nut width so it's on the small side as British acoustics generally go, but would suit an electric player or someone with smaller hands very well.

To give us a point of reference for the sound we compared this one to a Moon 000-3, a Martin OM-28 and a Martin HD-28. Of the three it probably comes closest to the OM-28, although it was a little less brash than the OM with a rounder bass. Against the smaller Moon you can see a family resemblance, but the C-3 is a lot fuller and more powerful. It's also a lot more evenly balanced than a Martin Dreadnought -  still with a great bass end but it sounds less scooped. As a guitar for strumming it's pretty much perfect: big and full with lots of sustain. For fingerstyle it's very responsive and a little warmer than the 000-3, a very pretty sound that lends itself very well to folk and more sophisticated plucking - it doesn't feel like it was intended to be a blues machine but there's enough snap to get away with some spikier playing, and it has a particularly good, clear tone for solo work. It's a really exceptional guitar and doubly so considering its sub £2000 price point. Well done Moon!

What They Say:

Model C-3
• Indian Rosewood back & sides
• AAA Sitka Spruce soundboard
• Mahogany neck
• Ebony fingerboard
• Ebony bridge
• Ebony headplate
• Scale length: 648mm
• Grover machines with pearl buttons 
• Tusq nut – 43mm
• Scale – 648mm
• Finish: Gloss

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