December 2019

Spruce

ARTICLES

Yamaha Red Label FSX3 Review

December 12, 2019
The Yamahas you loved are back, and just might be more playable and sweet sounding than ever.
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Washburn Bella Tono Allure SC56S Review

September 26, 2019
A balanced, super-comfortable flattop that brings the bling.
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Orangewood Introduces First All-Solid Acoustic Guitars

July 31, 2019
First three vintage-inspired models will feature a torrefied spruce top paired with a solid mahogany back and sides.
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Gibson G-45 Standard Review

June 26, 2019
When is a J not a J?
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Martin Modern Deluxe OM-28 Review

June 14, 2019
It’s new school. It’s old school. Medium school, maybe?
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Taylor Grand Pacific Builder’s Edition 717 Review

May 30, 2019
A Taylor for guitarists who don’t dig Taylors?
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Farida OT-65 Review

April 23, 2019
Vintage style and excellent build quality in an affordable, all-solid, slope-shoulder dread.
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First Look: Martin OM-28 Modern Deluxe

April 15, 2019
Watch John Bohlinger enjoy his initial jam session on the acoustic icon's newest orchestra model that blends old-world craftsmanship with modern upgrades for maximum fingerstyle playability and tone.
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First Look: Taylor Grand Pacific Builder's Edition 717

March 21, 2019
John Bohlinger flatpicks bluegrass, strums cowboy chords, and even thumbpicks the Peanuts theme as he tries out Andy Powers' newest body style with the company's proprietary V-Class bracing.
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First Look: Gibson G-45 Standard

March 4, 2019
John Bohlinger has a trial run with the storied guitar maker's new American-made flattop reminiscent of the iconic J-45, but with a solid Sitka spruce top, walnut back and sides, and a welcoming price tag.
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Takamine EF360SC TT Review

February 19, 2019
A torrefied top makes this classy and super-playable Takamine a sweet-sounding alternative to vintage.
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Collings Introduces the New MT Torrefied

August 14, 2018
The flattop provides an extremely quick response for softer, more delicate passages, yet offers plenty of head room to dig in for a throaty, bluegrass bark.
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Yamaha CSF3M Review

July 16, 2018
Silky playability, sublime sounds, and top quality add up to a small-body super value.
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SNAMM '18 - Taylor Guitars V-Class Expansion Demos

July 11, 2018
Andy Powers shows off four new upper-end acoustics now graced with his innovative V-Class bracing system.
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Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce Review

June 11, 2018
This Grand Auditorium-sized flattop boasts a new bracing system with instantly perceptible sonic consequences.
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PRS SE Angelus A40E Review

May 30, 2018
Upmarket looks and slinky playability come together in an affordable PRS flattop.
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Martin D-28 (2017) Review

December 15, 2017
An American classic undergoes a modest makeover.
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SNAMM '17 - Eastman E20D-TC Demo

July 27, 2017
Hear what the company's popular dreadnought sounds like with their new Thermo-Cure process.
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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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