This year, innovation has further transformed the acoustic guitar market, with pioneering new bracing techniques from Martin delivering vintage sound from brand-new instruments, and a number of companies rolling out new bracing designs in the continued pursuit of more resonant acoustics.
In the top 10 best acoustic guitars of 2019, as chosen by you, there’s something for every style, and although the vote was skewed towards the more expensive models from Taylor and Martin, it was refreshing to see the PRS SE range be considered as such. strongly, proving you can still get great acoustics and plenty of change from a grand piano.
1. Martin 000-28 Modern Deluxe
This Modern Deluxe looks great and sounds even better. Putting a new spin on the Martin Vintage series, the 000-28 has a Vintage Tone System (VTS) Sitka spruce top, dovetail neck joint and uses natural protein glue to give it a believable voice. his tender years. The VTS sees the spruce heat treated to age it naturally.
The most modern and aggressive features include a titanium truss rod, liquid metal bridge pins with red dots and the carbon fiber composite bridge plate, a lightweight solution that helps the instrument project more volume .
Aesthetically, the 000-28 is something special, something new, with gold frets (a copper-based alloy, not real gold), European flame maple binding, open-gear tuner and a 1930s-style Martin logo on the headstock.
Read our full The Martin 000-28 Modern Deluxe Review
2.PRS SE A60E
Another vintage-voiced acoustic and typically pristine PRS build, the A60E features a solid Sitka spruce top with ziricote back and sides, and a low-profile Fishman GT1 pickup and preamp system . Hybrid PRS X/Classical bracing improves resonance. A hint of abalone and figured maple have been applied thoughtfully for an added wow factor on what is a super comfortable and playable electro-acoustic.
Read our full PRS SE A60E review
3. Taylor Grand Pacific 317E
A superb, round-shouldered dreadnought, the 317E has a soft, smooth voice, with sustain and projection expertly backed by Taylor’s pioneering Class V bracing, and a utterly exquisite Expression System 2 preamp and pickup system. . The usual muffled compromises of the higher frets don’t exist – there’s presence and body, and you don’t have to dig in and change your playing style to make gains.
Read our full Taylor Grand Pacific 317E Reviews
4. High Martin 000-14 Sitka
The matching Sitka spruce top may sound perfect, but can you call it that if it only gets better as the guitar ages? This 000-14 is amazing, with heaps of treble sparkle and initial punch thanks to its mahogany lead on the back and sides. Where its all-mahogany stablemate is a bluesman’s dream come true, it would be a powerful ally for a singer-songwriter or fingerstyle picker.
Read our full Martin 000-14 Sitka Top reviews
A steal at the price, with exceptional construction, featuring a solid sitka upper and the durable, CITES-compliant ovangkol on the back and sides. It has an attractive grit and produces full mids, well-turned highs with, of course, an authoritative baritone low end.
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6. Taylor 512CE Freight Class V
Another exquisite Taylor acoustic with the benefits of master designer Andy Powers’ V-Class bracing. The body size of the 512CE is extremely manageable, halfway between a living room and a jumbo. Small but perfectly formed. But don’t let the slightly smaller body size fool you that you won’t get a lot of volume. He has a perfectly respectable set of lungs, alongside the sweetest vocals.
Read our full Taylor 512CE Fret Class V Rating
7. Auden Rosewood Artist Emily Rose Cedar
The Emily Rose is loud for a living room-sized guitar, indeed her voice might challenge our preconceptions of what a living room can offer, and that’s part of the magic here. At £1,499 you’d expect a great instrument, just not as good as this one. With its AAA-grade cedar top, ebony binding and maple binding, the Emily Rose is an exquisite piece.
Read our full Auden Artist Rosewood Emily Rose Cedar review
8. Eastman DT30 GACE
An office favourite, featuring innovative construction and an impeccable finish, the DT30 GACE is another outstanding instrument from Eastman that delivers rich tones and a wide dynamic range that should reward players of all styles. Close your eyes and you’d swear you’re holding a good vintage D-28. But you’ll want to keep them open, as it’s a pretty nice acoustic.
Read our full Eastman DT30 GACE review
9. Sheeran from Lowden S02
You don’t have to be a super Ed Sheeran fan to fall in love with S02. He sees the impressive Sheeran/Lowden collaboration deliver electro-acoustics with an outstanding LR Baggs pickup and preamp system. The S02’s clear, resonant highs provide detailed separation and an uplifting strumming experience that makes it a great guitar for those who want a more rhythmic muse.
Read our full Sheeran review of Lowden S02
10. Furch MC Blue GC-CM
This large sectional auditorium is going to attract a lot of fans as there is something for everyone here. Construction is solid cedar, solid mahogany, and a one-piece solid mahogany neck featuring a CNR Dual Action truss rod system and a stiff carbon housing in the neck joint and an alloy cast in the heel to keep the handle in good shape. Solid and super playable too.
Read our full Furch MC Blue GC-CM review