Grimy Fenders, posh Gretsches, and handmade Gibson knockoffs meet streamlined pedalboards and vintage amps for this L.A. folk-rock outfit featuring Duane Betts on lead guitar.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Taylor Goldsmith has an old-school approach to tone. Taylor Goldsmith’s No. 1 is this Telecaster made from old Fender parts including some vintage ’70s Fender pickups.

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Optimized for a balanced sound with plenty of booty on tap, Nordstrand Audio CatPups offer classically inspired tones for any platform into which you can fit them.

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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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An all-analog polyphonic amplitude synthesizer that alters the attack and decay time of any sound source without sacrificing the fidelity of the original tone.

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