November 2020

Reviews: Acoustic

July18-Blackbird-FEAT

Blackbird Savoy Review

June 19, 2018
A flax-composite design marvel delivers wooden looks and tones in a near-indestructible instrument full of personality.
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Jul18-LR Baggs-FEAT

Quick Hit: L.R. Baggs Align Series Reverb Review

June 12, 2018
A compact ’verb for acoustic players that bridges the gap between hall and plate.
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Jul18-Taylor-FEAT

Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce Review

June 11, 2018
This Grand Auditorium-sized flattop boasts a new bracing system with instantly perceptible sonic consequences.
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Jul18-Fishman-FEAT

Quick Hit: Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge Review

June 8, 2018
To misquote Timothy Leary: “Cut the cord, turn on, play wherever you want.”
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Jul18-PRS-FEAT

PRS SE Angelus A40E Review

May 30, 2018
Upmarket looks and slinky playability come together in an affordable PRS flattop.
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Jul18-Klos-FEAT

Quick Hit: Klōs Travel Guitar Review

May 28, 2018
An impressive-playing carbon-fiber mini promises stability, extreme portability, and respectable tones for a host of road-tripping adventures.
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May18-Fender-FEAT

Quick Hit: Fender CN-60S Review

April 11, 2018
Nylon-string tones meet steel-string playability in this affordable entry-level model.
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Apr-Mesa-FEAT

Mesa/Boogie Rosette 300/Two:Eight Review

February 28, 2018
Flexible EQ and lively sounds add up to a killer compact acoustic amplification solution.
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Mar18-Guild-FEAT

Quick Hit: Guild Jumbo Junior Bass Review

February 4, 2018
An acoustic bass that’s easy to transport, has big tones, is well constructed, and priced right.
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Feb18-Martin-FEAT

Martin D-28 (2017) Review

December 15, 2017
An American classic undergoes a modest makeover.
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Jan18-Raingsong-FEAT

RainSong CH-WS Review

November 24, 2017
A more accessibly priced RainSong also delivers nuance, balance, and tones that rival solid wood flattops.
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Dec17-HK-FEAT

Hughes & Kettner Era 1 Review

November 7, 2017
A mainstay rock ‘n’ roll amplifier maker delivers an impressive acoustic surprise.
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Nov17-Boss-FEAT

Boss Acoustic Singer Live Review

October 2, 2017
Impressive value and features add up to a versatile acoustic amplification solution.
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Sep17-Tanglewood-FEAT

Tanglewood Java TWJP Review

August 15, 2017
A very pretty parlor guitar delivers midrange punch and unique tone colors from unusual tonewoods.
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Aug17-Trace-FEAT

Quick Hit: Trace Elliot Transit-A

July 21, 2017
Robust EQ makes this portable preamp and effects solution an acoustic gigging ally.
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Aug17-Martin-FEAT

Martin 0-18 Review

July 20, 2017
A venerable Martin design returns, brimming with elegance, punch, class, and sass.
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Jul17-Acoustic-FEAT

Flattop Finesse: Acoustic Steel-String Review Roundup

June 15, 2017
Three new acoustics from Guild, Cort, and Art & Lutherie.
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Breedlove-FEAT

Breedlove Premier Concerto Review

May 1, 2017
A subtly luxurious, fingerstyle-focused flattop that excels across styles.
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May17-Taylor-FEAT

Taylor Academy 10e Review

April 7, 2017
Meet another very refined entry-level Taylor.
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Apr17-Ovation-FEAT

Quick Hit: Ovation Applause Elite AE44II-VV Review

March 20, 2017
Can this budget roundback acoustic pull off for Ovation what Squier solidbody gems have for Fender?
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