The Thicket


4.00 out of 5

This is as classic as you can get with Balaguer Guitars.  The “T” style guitar is iconic, and one of the best & most recognizable designs.  Our Thicket borrows its shape from this iconic guitar, but has improvements in playability and comfort from the original Thicket.  The Thicket is not genre-specific, it has no boundaries as to what music should/could be played on it, and that is what makes it extra special.

** Please allow 2-3 months from pre-order placement/payment to delivery confirmation email sent for Domestic USA orders & slightly longer for International.  We do not have these in-stock, and they are built to order. **

Want this guitar but in a different finish with different woods, or more strings? Check out our Semi-Custom Series here: The Thicket Semi-Custom Shop

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– 25.5″ Scale, 22 medium jumbo stainless steel frets
– Hard Rock Maple Neck (Comfy C profile)
– Ebony Fingerboard (16″ radius)
– Korina Body
– One volume, One tone, 5 way selector switch
– Balaguer Pickups “Hemlock Series” Evergreen Humbuckers
– Balaguer Locking Tuners
– Balaguer Hardtail Brass bridge

Weight 16 lbs
Dimensions 48 x 20 x 8 in

Gloss Fiesta Red, Satin Black


Left Handed, Right Handed

1 review for The Thicket

  1. 4 out of 5


    I’ve owned a number of guitars of varying price points, quality and brands over the years. Everything from Gibson, to Rickenbacker to Fender. I’m a hobbyist player and play more riffs than leads, so take my review with that in mind. Taste in guitars is entirely subjective. What works for me, may not work for you and vice versa. This is my first foray into the realm of small guitar builders, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

    I have no affiliation with Joe or the rest of the Balaguer staff, or the company in general. I accidentally came across Balaguer through some people I follow on Instagram, and was really digging their designs.

    Build Quality – 4.75/5
    Solid. Absolutely solid. I feel like I could bludgeon a man to death with this guitar, and the guitar would still be in tune. Nothing is loose, no weird wiring issues, nothing you would find on a guitar at the big box stores. This guitar is road worthy.

    There are some minor details that prove this guitar is at least partially done by hand. Joe has a great attention to detail, however, and I believe in later manufacturing runs these details will be ironed out.

    Sound – 4/5
    The humbuckers the Thicket comes with are a custom design by Balaguer. They aren’t super high output, but they do have an interesting range of nuance and bite. They are sensitive and can pick up the strings lightly resonating through the body (via string-through bridge design). They clean up nicely, and offer a unique sound profile. Pinch harmonics carry well with these pickups, and they offer a full, rich sound when played clean.

    The coil tap can come off a little harsh before you roll off the treble. Kind of a bitey, jangly sound without getting too close to Ric territory, but encroaching well into the telecaster sound space.

    The pickups work well for a wide variety of genres, but probably not high enough output for metal (though they aren’t a slouch by any means).

    Full disclosure: I’m playing this guitar through a Blackstar Fly 3 amp, so unfortunately that does affect what I’m hearing. I won’t be able to see how it sounds through a tube amp.

    Looks – 5/5
    This guitar looks fantastic. The woodgrain through the white finish really sets it apart.. The headstock is unique without being jarring – a modern spin on a classic profile. It’s a twist on the telecaster shape, and while many people can’t let go of the classic ‘t-style’, I think this is a cool take on it. The neck binding gives it a high class, expensive look, and the overall look is familiar and inviting. It’s a guitar that says ‘just play me’ whenever you walk by it.

    Features – 4.5/5
    For a guitar in this price range, the features are fantastic. You get locking tuners, a graphite nut, stainless steel frets and a coil tap. They put the thought into what really matters on these guitars and they are built for players. Some extra knob control would be nice, but single volume/tone are fine. I’m pretty easy to please, though.

    Feel – 4/5
    This guitar feels great. Frets are smooth, even and comfortable. The knobs are out of the way for someone who likes to strum wildly. The heel where the neck meets the body is smooth and comfortable. The satin finish on the body and neck are nice and smooth and the contour of the body has curves in all the right places. Definitely designed by someone who plays guitar. The Thicket is a heavy guitar. It owes that to the ash body. Have you ever wanted a telecaster, but can’t get yourself away from your Les Paul? This is your guitar, absolutely.

    Setup – 5/5
    This is another area where Balaguer shines. Many ‘off the shelf’ guitars come with the stock setup done at the Korean / Mexican factory to get the thing out the door. This isn’t good enough for Joe and the team. Each guitar gets a once-over and setup in their shop in the US before being sent to the customer. My action was set low from the shop and the intonation was good. Something that is totally hit or miss with a lot of the big manufacterers. Plays great right out of the box.

    Of course a guitar setup is personal and you may want to change it yourself to something you like. The setup Balaguer provides definitely gets you playing right away. Nothing worse than spending 2 hours setting up your guitar before you can even really hear it scream.

    Anything you’re missing from this guitar can be added by ordering a semi-custom version. Aside from the guitar, their customer service is great and they seem to be great dudes who love what they do. I look forward to my next purchase from them.

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