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Reviews: Acoustic

Loar LO-215 Acoustic Guitar Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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