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Acoustic Soundboard

With an alternating contributing blogger schedule featuring acoustic-industry leaders Mark Dalton, Larry Fishman, and Rick Turner, Taylor Guitars' Andy Powers, Antiques Roadshow host Richard Johnston, and luthier Bryan Galloup, Premier Guitar’s monthly Acoustic Soundboard blog is your portal to all things acoustic guitar.

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Acoustic Soundboard: The Retronym March

August 27, 2018
If it looks like a guitar and sounds like a guitar, then it’s just a “guitar,” right? Kind of.
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Acoustic Soundboard: To Cleat, or Not to Cleat

August 9, 2018
It’s a good thing to fix a crack on your guitar, but don’t let your tone suffer in the process by going overboard with the repair.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Cutaway Question

July 11, 2018
A closer look at how, or if, an acoustic cutaway affects your tone.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Guitar Tone Rules

May 28, 2018
Are the uke, banjo, and mandolin families going through an identity crisis, or are more Darwinian forces at work?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Just Say No to Cracks

April 23, 2018
A crack on your prized guitar might feel like the end of the world, but it can be remedied if you follow a few easy guidelines.
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Acoustic Soundboard: There’s the Rub

March 22, 2018
Understanding why and how frets wear (hint: it’s not just from fretting) could help extend the life of the ones on your guitar or let you know when it’s time for a complete replacement.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Why We Buy Multiple Guitars

March 1, 2018
For some amassers of guitars, there might be more to it than simply G.A.S. and conspicuous consumption.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Humidity—Friend and Foe

January 16, 2018
Tips for maintaining a moisture level that will keep your acoustic guitar happy and healthy.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Nut Job

December 18, 2017
The nut is one of the core elements of an instrument’s DNA—provided playability and tone matter to you.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Honey, I Shrunk the Guitar

December 4, 2017
How small guitars have become a big chunk of the acoustic market.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Perils of Time

September 25, 2017
Every acoustic guitar will change physically, but aging gracefully is possible with good design and proper care.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Guitars In, Guitars Out

August 27, 2017
As baby boomers continue to trim their guitar collections, there will be plenty of interesting choices in the high-end used-instrument market for years to come.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Challenges of Wood Sourcing, Part 2

July 21, 2017
Spruce remains king in the soundboard realm, but not all varietals are the same, or easy to come by.
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Acoustic Soundboard: An Unlevel Playing Field

June 18, 2017
Understanding fretboard radiuses can save you money and heartache—especially if you ever plan to purchase a guitar without playing it first.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Mutate and Conquer—How the Guitar Survives

May 22, 2017
Charles Darwin may not have strummed the strings, but evolution, adaptability, and survival all play a part in the history of the guitar.
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Guitar Grows in Monticello

May 2, 2017
Have you ever heard “presidential” used to describe tonewood? You have now.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Imperfect Pitch

April 4, 2017
Being perfectly in tune is virtually impossible, but understanding all the factors involved (and a little cheating) will help you get as close as possible.
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Master Builder’s Tips for Choosing the Right Pickup

February 22, 2017
Huss & Dalton’s Mark Dalton shares five points to consider when deciding how to amplify your acoustic.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Why Guitar Builders Blend Tonewoods

December 27, 2016
How rigid and flexible woods are mated to create the magic of acoustic guitars.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Appreciating the Beauty of Underused Guitars

December 8, 2016
Why some guitars don’t get played, and why we should stop worrying about it.
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