Started a little more than ten years ago, Mérida Extrema guitars have been selling well in Europe and Japan. Before two years, in 2015 the company opened a U.S. headquarters in Connecticut where the final quality control, inspection and setup are done.
Mérida offers a lot of different models in its Alcazaba, Cardenas, Diana and Milagros series instruments. Each of the four series are so classical models and all of them displayed beautiful craftsmanship and excellent finishes, included with easy way to play on them.
With its vine fretboard inlay, art-deco-like headstock, and spiral rosette, this dreadnought cutaway is very easy on the eyes. With low to medium volumes the A17-DCES sounds warm with a subtle crispness in the midrange. The combination of the amp and the onboard Fishman/Mérida STD preamp really produced a beautiful tone with a fair amount of headroom. It is tempted to say that the A17-DCES sounds better plugged in. Like the others guitars from Mérida the A17-DCES feels very nice to play, and the workmanship is impeccable.
Cardenas has the opposite experience of the Alcazaba when you playing on this guitar. This acoustic-electric guitar produces a warm and rich tone when played acoustically and the sound retains those qualities when you played soft, hard and anywhere in between that. This guitar it’s a solid and dynamically sensitive guitar. When is plugged into the Fender SFX amp, the electric sound turned out to be somewhat muddy.
Practically every combination that the Fishman/Mérida Deluxe preamp would deliver, you will get a nice and usable tone and you couldn’t really capture the beauty of the unplugged sound. C35-DCEH plays wonderfully, it’s well crafted, and it struts a very natural and unadorned look cosmetically.
The DC15-BK is one classical guitar with black body, rich brown mahogany trim and eye-catching mother of pearl rosette which make this guitar simply gorgeous beauty, so much that it seems hard to believe that this beauty goes for just $599. This guitar not have just a pretty face but DC15-BK possesses a stout, sensual low end and a wonderfully sweet midrange attack, it’s also a light, comfortable, and easy to play guitar, and the finish and woodwork are flawless.
Diana DG15-Fogaces…when you opened this “case” you will be floored. Almost everything on this guitar is from world-class beauty. When you will have strummed a chord, you will be truly lost. The tone of this grand auditorium model is rich and animated with balanced lows, taut mids and shimmering highs. If you prefer to played hard you will have noticed some added edginess to the tone. Fishman/Mérida Standard preamp seems very well matched producing a nice sound through the Fender SFX amp. The workmanship of this guitar is superb.
If you are good guitarist, this guitar maybe will be your favorite guitar. The deep and rich lows, crisp mids, and welcoming highs will entice you to keep playing on this M15-D guitar. The tone is truly unbelievable and you really can’t describe the joy that you will felt while playing on it. While there’s no electronics on this model, you will want to document its sound when performing live with a great microphone anyway.