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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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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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Blackbird Savoy Review

June 19, 2018
A flax-composite design marvel delivers wooden looks and tones in a near-indestructible instrument full of personality.
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Quick Hit: L.R. Baggs Align Series Reverb

June 12, 2018
A compact ’verb for acoustic players that bridges the gap between hall and plate.
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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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Quick Hit: Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge

June 8, 2018
To misquote Timothy Leary: “Cut the cord, turn on, play wherever you want.”
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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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Quick Hit: Klōs Travel Guitar

May 28, 2018
An impressive-playing carbon-fiber mini promises stability, extreme portability, and respectable tones for a host of road-tripping adventures.
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Quick Hit: Fender CN-60S

April 11, 2018
Nylon-string tones meet steel-string playability in this affordable entry-level model.
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Mesa/Boogie Rosette 300/Two:Eight Review

February 28, 2018
Flexible EQ and lively sounds add up to a killer compact acoustic amplification solution.
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Quick Hit: Guild Jumbo Junior Bass

February 4, 2018
An acoustic bass that’s easy to transport, has big tones, is well constructed, and priced right.
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Martin D-28 (2017) Review

December 15, 2017
An American classic undergoes a modest makeover.
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RainSong CH-WS Review

November 24, 2017
A more accessibly priced RainSong also delivers nuance, balance, and tones that rival solid wood flattops.
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Hughes & Kettner Era 1 Review

November 7, 2017
A mainstay rock ‘n’ roll amplifier maker delivers an impressive acoustic surprise.
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Boss Acoustic Singer Live Review

October 2, 2017
Impressive value and features add up to a versatile acoustic amplification solution.
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Tanglewood Java TWJP Review

August 15, 2017
A very pretty parlor guitar delivers midrange punch and unique tone colors from unusual tonewoods.
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Quick Hit: Trace Elliot Transit-A

July 21, 2017
Robust EQ makes this portable preamp and effects solution an acoustic gigging ally.
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Martin 0-18 Review

July 20, 2017
A venerable Martin design returns, brimming with elegance, punch, class, and sass.
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Flattop Finesse: Acoustic Steel-String Review Roundup

June 15, 2017
Three new acoustics from Guild, Cort, and Art & Lutherie.
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Breedlove Premier Concerto Review

May 1, 2017
A subtly luxurious, fingerstyle-focused flattop that excels across styles.
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Taylor Academy 10e Review

April 7, 2017
Meet another very refined entry-level Taylor.
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