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Reviews: Acoustic

Taylor 814ce Review

February 4, 2014
A re-imagined, re-braced Taylor classic delivers super balance and power
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Larrivée D-40R Review

December 31, 2013
Impressive value, quality and traditional dreadnought sounds with a Larrivée touch.
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Zoom A3 Review

November 14, 2013
An affordable acoustic preamp packed with effects and models.
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Worland Prairie Review

October 15, 2013
Jim Worland’s bare-bones Prairie OM delivers top tones and handmade quality at a relatively affordable price.
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Gibson LG-2 American Eagle Acoustic Guitar Review

July 21, 2013
The LG-2 uses some of the original LG features as a point of departure for a sweet, and relatively affordable modern acoustic-electric.
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Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 Amp Review

July 10, 2013
This latest iteration of the Vypyr line of amps is designed and built to handle electric 6-string, acoustic, and bass guitars.
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Cole Clark Angel AN2A3BB Acoustic Guitar Review

June 22, 2013
A smart, modern acoustic-electric grand auditorium that’s beautifully built and supremely playable.
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Humphrey Espresso 15 Acoustic Amp Review

June 11, 2013
A stylish, EL84-driven acoustic amp with touch and tones aplenty whether you’re a technique-obsessed finger-stylist or a simple strummer.
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5 Small-Body Flattop Acoustics Under $1000

May 30, 2013
Five guitars representing the better percentage of classic small-body styles: Epiphone EL-00 Pro, Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Parlor, Guild M-120, Loar LO-215, and Martin 000X1AE.
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Epiphone EL-00 Pro Acoustic Guitar Review

May 28, 2013
The Epiphone version of the Gibson L-00 captures much of the barking, husky sonic appeal that grabbed the ears of everyone from Robert Johnson to Bob Dylan.
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Guild M-120 Acoustic Guitar Review

May 28, 2013
The beautifully balanced M-120 feels a little less soft in its response than most mahogany guitars this size and delivers lots of low-end output when you least expect it.
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Martin 000X1AE Acoustic Guitar Review

May 28, 2013
The 000X1 sounds like it was made for fingerpicking and it rewards a nuanced touch and inventive fingerstyle techniques.
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Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Parlor Sunburst HG Acoustic Guitar Review

May 28, 2013
The diminutive Woodland Pro parlor generates a bottom end full of overtones, body, and dimension, with mind-blowing sustain.
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Loar LO-215 Acoustic Guitar Review

May 28, 2013
The LO-215 is a country-blues machine that's percussive and snappy with a nice midrange honk that’s just plain funky.
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Taylor 518E Acoustic Guitar Review

May 11, 2013
For players who use a dynamic and generally light fingerstyle approach, the Taylor 518e is a wonderland of color, overtones, and rich, low-end throb that can make a solo composition sound massive and lend body to a spare band mix.
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Ruppert Musical Instruments Acouswitch IQ DI Review

April 15, 2013
With a very effective EQ, rugged construction, and features like the body contour control that will help you manage the most harrowing feedback and garbage-PA situations, the compact Acouswitch IQ DI a powerful, performance tool.
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Breedlove Oregon Series C20/SMYe Acoustic Guitar Review

April 15, 2013
Bound to appeal to a wide swath of fingerstylists and singer-songwriters, Breedlove''s new Oregon Series C20/SMYe has enough range to sound feather-delicate or downright propulsive.
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Takamine P3MC Acoustic Guitar Review

February 4, 2013
The new Japan-crafted Takamine P3MC is a fine example of how a stage-centric, amplification-oriented acoustic can be forward looking while retaining a lot of vintage-style sound and construction virtues.
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Recording King RO-310 Acoustic Guitar Review

January 9, 2013
Recording King’s new Adirondack-spruce-and-mahogany RO-310 is almost a greatest-hits fusion of popular OM and 000 features.
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Martin OM-28E Retro Acoustic Guitar Review

November 5, 2012
With the OM-28E Retro Acoustic Guitar, there’s no denying that Martin and Fishman have created a formidable stage and studio instrument that bristles with pure Martin beauty and vintage glow.
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