December 2016

Acoustic Soundboard

With an alternating contributing blogger schedule featuring acoustic-industry leaders Mark Dalton, Larry Fishman, and Rick Turner, Premier Guitar’s monthly Acoustic Soundboard blog is your portal to all things acoustic guitar.

ARTICLES

Acoustic Soundboard: The Challenges of Wood Sourcing

November 14, 2016
The lowdown on tonewood availability from a small-scale guitar manufacturer’s perspective.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Water’s War on Wood

November 1, 2016
Taylor Guitars master luthier Andy Powers explains weather and humidity's affects on guitars so you can help your instruments live less stressful lives.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Why Buy Vintage?

September 5, 2016
Vintage-guitar buying and collecting isn’t a recent phenomenon, but the reasons why folks buy vintage have changed dramatically since the ’70s.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Measuring and Adjusting Your Guitar’s Action

August 23, 2016
Even if you don’t do setups yourself, knowing how to take key measurements of your guitar’s action will help you get the feel and playability you're looking for.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Flattop Fajitas, Curry, and Cordon Bleu

April 26, 2016
Like a chef, a guitar builder strives to create a palate-pleasing balance of ingredients.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Originality Quandary

March 7, 2016
“All original” is a desired trait in a vintage guitar, but what if that guitar is essentially unplayable?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Little Mods, Big Results

February 25, 2016
If you’re not getting the tone you want out of your acoustic, a simple and quick tweak might get you a little closer.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Taking a Holistic View of Setup

January 11, 2016
How the numerous elements that determine the feel of your guitar work together.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Crossing the Digital Divide

November 12, 2015
It’s time to question some common analog/digital assumptions.
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Acoustic Soundboard: (Scale) Length Matters

October 14, 2015
String scale length certainly affects playability, but it also has a huge role in a guitar’s sound.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Your Guitar Might Last Forever, But Will Its Parts?

September 8, 2015
Reality check: Does “all-original” even matter when the original parts are disintegrating?
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Intersection of Creativity and Technology

August 10, 2015
It’s good to recognize your own biases—and to challenge them sometimes.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Guitar Finishes and Care 101

June 24, 2015
The pros and cons of the two most common acoustic-guitar finishes.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Putting Recently Outdated Guitars to Work

May 28, 2015
Vintage guitars continue to fetch high dollar, but there are true bargains to be had with recently used guitars.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Great Live Sound Doesn’t Just Happen

May 3, 2015
Due diligence will yield the live sound you seek.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Grading Tonewoods - Back and Sides

March 30, 2015
There’s more to consider than tone when choosing wood for a guitar’s back and sides.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Dawn of the Specialists

March 8, 2015
Guitar collecting is alive and well, but the game has changed.
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Acoustic Soundboard: It’s All in Your Head

February 8, 2015
Achieving a great live sound with an amplified acoustic takes work and a solid understanding of what is and isn’t possible.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Grading Tonewoods—Tops

December 29, 2014
Beauty is only skin deep when it comes to choosing the right tonewoods for your dream guitar.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Ladder-Bracing Revival

December 3, 2014
Ladder-bracing has an interesting foothold in the history, and future, of guitar making.
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