December 2020

Reviews: Acoustic

Premier Guitar's rating system includes brief summations of a product’s pros and cons, as well as pick ratings (0–5) in four categories—Tones, Design/Build, Value, and Playability (for instruments) or Ease of Use (amps, effects, and other devices) or Versatility (pickups and speakers). Items with a total of 18 or more picks (out of 20) win our coveted Premier Gear Award.

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RainSong V-DR1100N2 Review homepage

Carbon + Wood Looks and Sounds Good

November 1, 2020
A spruce-and-carbon-fusion top yields a tough, sweetly ringing dread with a more traditional look. The Premier Guitar RainSong V-DR1100N2 review.
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Faith Guitars Neptune review homepage

Mango Smoothie

September 11, 2020
A surprising alternative Indonesian tonewood gives this fingerstyle-friendly baby jumbo a clear, powerful low-mid voice. The PG Faith Blue Moon Neptune review.
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Lava Music Lava Pro Carbon Fiber Guitar Review homepage

Shaping Tomorrow’s Guitars Today

September 3, 2020
No, this futuristic 6-string is definitely not your dad’s cool old dread. The PG Lava Me Pro review.
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Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce review homepage

A 12-String That Steps Out of the Crowd

August 23, 2020
A bold, comfortable design meets state-of-the-art bracing to create a jangle box for the ages. The PG Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce review.
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Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster: The Premier Guitar Review

June 19, 2020
Convincing acoustic images, sweet single-coil tones, and slinky playability make up an impressively utilitarian hybrid instrument.
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Martin SC-13 Acoustic Guitar Review homepage

Martin SC-13E: The Premier Guitar Review

June 5, 2020
A unique and responsive acoustic with an electric soul.
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Orange Crush Acoustic homepage

Orange Crush Acoustic 30: The Premier Guitar Review

April 5, 2020
The British amp manufacturer’s first acoustic combo is smart and small, with plenty of juice.
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Breedlove Wildwood Concert Cutaway CE: The Premier Guitar Review

March 12, 2020
Sleek, stylish, affordable, and balanced, this compact, all-solid mahogany flattop excels in amplified performance situations.
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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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Godin Metropolis LTD Review

November 22, 2019
High quality, classy design, and adaptable L.R. Baggs Anthem electronics yield an intriguing mid-priced dreadnought.
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Furch Yellow Master’s Choice Gc-CR Review

October 21, 2019
A Czech builder with a tradition of resourcefulness and individual designs crafts a luxurious and balanced grand auditorium that handles strumming and fingerstyle with equal aplomb.
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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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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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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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Breedlove Pursuit Concertina E Review

January 3, 2019
Surprising dynamism, punch, and balance in a budget small-body flattop.
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Fishman Matrix Infinity Mic Blend Review

November 9, 2018
A dual-source setup is extra terrific on one of Fishman’s finest amplification pickup/preamp systems yet.
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Cort CJ Retro Jumbo Review

September 21, 2018
Style and plugged-in performance come cheap in Cort’s handsome and inexpensive big-body flattop.
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