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Acoustic

A comfortable, compact 12-string of many musical moods.

A sweet, smooth player that generates equally honeyed and balanced tones. Beautiful finish. Compact, comfortable dimensions.

Breedlove styling isn’t for everyone. Expensive for an import flattop.

$1,199

Breedlove Solo Pro Concert Edgeburst 12 CE
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Breedlove’s current site page for theSolo Pro Concert Edgeburst 12 CE takes an almost apologetic view of acoustic 12-strings. It’s funny. But it’s also hard to tell if they’re kidding or serious. I will put forth the notion, however, that acoustic 12-strings are nothing to apologize for. Acoustic 12-strings are awesome. They can be celestial or funky and earthy. Rhythm guitar powerhouse, mutant harpsichord, melody machine—decent acoustic 12-strings are all these things. Even trashed, cheap 12-strings will usually make cool sounds if you tune them right.

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Rig Rundown: Ariel Posen [2023]

The silky smooth slide man may raise a few eyebrows with his gear—a hollow, steel-bodied baritone and .017s on a Jazzmaster—but every note and tone he plays sounds just right.

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​ @Breedlove Guitars Wildwood Pro and Solo Pro Series Demos | Gear Spotlight

Check out two new models that feature sustainable African mahogany, Fishman electronics, and wildly comfortable necks.

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A newly designed koa wonder that packs a punch.

Incredibly easy to play. Well-balanced tone.

Not as visually stunning as other koa models.

$3,499

Taylor 724ce
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Hawaiian koa has been a favorite of boutique acoustic builders for ages. It has a cool tone personality, somewhere between rosewood and mahogany. It can be used for both back and sides and for top wood, and it’s beautiful. It’s also pretty expensive. The good news is that Taylor’s new 724ce is built with a breed of Koa that actually helps players save a few bucks.
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Parlor dimensions and upscale appointments add up to a flattop that’s a pleasure to cradle.

Ultra playable, super comfortable, and great action. Beautiful design details. Sweet fingerstyle voice.

Pricey for an import.

$829

Fender Paramount PS-220E

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Fender’s new Paramount PS-220E Parlor is a million kinds of fun. For starters, imagine picking up a little old Stella tucked away in a dusty corner of a garage sale—only to find the action is perfect and the tuners actually work. Then consider the basic joys of any good little acoustic: how easy it is to hold, how light it is, how little room it takes up when you leave it sitting around the living room waiting for whatever spark of inspiration hits at random. The PS-220E dishes oodles of those small pleasures. And while the price isn’t exactly small for an imported instrument of this stature, the playability and versatility are equal to much more expensive instruments.

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