December 2019

Reviews: Acoustic

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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Gibson J-45 Purevoice Custom Limited Edition Acoustic Guitar Review

October 8, 2012
The Gibson J-45 PureVoice Custom Limited Edition isn’t cheap, but it''s a versatile guitar that can grow and move with you through a multitude of styles and performance situations.
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Walden G700CE Acoustic Guitar Review

August 10, 2012
Walden''s G700ce Grand Auditorium from their Natura line is comfortable, playable, attractive, and stage-ready with B-Band electronics, all for about $650.
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Dreadnought Acoustic Roundup: Guild, Martin, Recording King, Seagull, and Blueridge

June 8, 2012
Five dreads under $1000: Guild D-150, Martin D-1GT, Recording King RD-316, Seagull Maritime SWS Rosewood SG, and Blueridge BR-140A
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Taylor 710ce Rosewood Acoustic Guitar Review

May 11, 2012
The Taylor 710ce Rosewood is a great reminder of how good a Taylor can play, feel, and sound when there’s nary an amp or PA for miles around.
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Breedlove Voice Revival OM/SMe Acoustic Guitar Review

April 25, 2012
This take on a more traditional design features L.R. Baggs'' Anthem Tru-Voice pickup for authentic plugged-in sounds.
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Blueridge BG-2500 Super Jumbo Acoustic Guitar Review

April 6, 2012
Blueridge’s BG-2500 Super Jumbo, reviewed here, isn’t a strict reinterpretation of Gibson’s grande dame, it riffs on the concept in a positively celebratory way that looks fantastic and results in some very big and rich sounds too.
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Martin 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar Review

December 20, 2011
Believe it or not, there are days as a gear reviewer where you’ll scream if you have to tweak another knob, dial in another tone, split another coil, troubleshoot
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Album Review: John Doyle - Shadow and Light

December 20, 2011
On Shadow and Light, Doyle’s second solo album, we’re treated to two beautifully crafted instrumentals (combined, these intricate medleys total almost 15 minutes) and a rich collection of original songs that tell the story of Irish soldiers, immigrants, lovers, and lost souls.
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Rainsong S-OM1000N2 Studio Series OM Acoustic Guitar Review

November 15, 2011
The RainSong Studio Series OM is a sturdy, balanced, playable, and well-proportioned instrument that’s perfect for any serious guitarist that’s always on the run.
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Shadow NanoFlex-6 Pickup System Review

October 18, 2011
Shadow’s new Nanoflex-6 pickup system takes a very practical approach to the concept of hexaphonic pickups, which effectively consist of a pickup for each string.
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Yamaha A-Series A3M Acoustic Guitar Review

September 20, 2011
The A3M cutaway dreadnought reviewed here features solid tonewoods and an S.R.T (Studio Response Technology) microphone-modeling preamp, making this a guitar for serious gigging players, but at a price that won’t leave you destitute.
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LTD Xtone EW-Z Zebra Wood Acoustic Guitar Review

August 24, 2011
The Zebra wood LTD acoustic is attractive, comfortable, plays great and sounds terrific plugged in.
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Breedlove Guitars Focus SE Custom Walnut Acoustic Guitar Review

August 16, 2011
With its walnut back and sides and redwood top, the 25 1/2"-scale Focus SE has a recipe that’s hard to beat for this reviewer—and the tonewoods are just the start.
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Batson Guitar Co. No. 5 Acoustic Guitar Review

July 19, 2011
Evolution is slow in the guitar universe. And when you consider how many 50-year-old instruments—or even 150-year-old instruments—have come to represent design “perfection,” you can understand why. But while
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Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Folk Sunburst Acoustic Guitar Review

July 13, 2011
This solid wood, Canadian-built acoustic is impressively priced around $750. However, it''s the interesting body size and neck profile that have the potential to drive your playing to new places.
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Boucher Guitars AVT Spruce Goose OOO Acoustic Guitar Review

June 14, 2011
Boucher has taken his Adirondack fascinations a step further, building the top, back, and sides entirely out of spruce.
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CD Review: Bruce Cockburn - "Small Source of Comfort"

March 15, 2011
Bruce Cockburn Small Source of Comfort True North Fans of Bruce Cockburn’s extraordinary acoustic fingerpicking will be thrilled with Small Source of Comfort, his 31st studio album. Cockburn’s shimmering arpeggios,
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Book Review: "Guitar Lessons" by Bob Taylor

March 15, 2011
Bob Taylor Guitar Lessons Wiley Publishing Guitarmaker Bob Taylor has become synonymous with acoustic guitars since his early days of working out of a small San Diego workshop, fittingly named
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