The 10 Best New Acoustic Guitars of 2021, According to Your Vote

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The great unplugged expressed themselves and voted for the best novelty acoustic guitar of 2021, and if these results indicate where acoustic design is headed, that bodes well for the instrument.

It might be the age of the couch buddy, the petite couch scratcher that works just as well as a travel guitar, but your Top 10 Acoustic welcomes all shapes and sizes to the party.

And we’re talking shapes, with our runner-up showing what can be done with a hybrid instrument that blurs the lines between acoustic guitar and electric guitar.

Third, we have a much-loved classic reworked for a friendlier price, while our top spot is a showcase of what can be done with a subtle variation on a theme – downsizing the body, downsizing and using patterns innovative bracing elements that help give the instrument formidable lungs.

It’s not cheap, but there are guitars at every price point here, and whether you’re a next-gen folk troubadour or a Jedi fingerstyle player, there’s something for everyone here.

1.Taylor GT 811e

The Grand Theater body shape was a smash hit for Taylor. Modeled after Taylor’s Grand Orchestra models – smaller, a little shallower too – the GT is a compact but not too shabby instrument, with its “medium” 24-1/8 inch scale length giving it an easy feel .

Fingerstylists will love it. Not less for the string spacing, but for the bright, high-pitched shine it puts on your playing. But there’s plenty of power and low-end punch too, thanks to the Class C’s new bracing system by Taylor.

Taylor GT 811e

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While the GT series was introduced with an urban ash construction, the GT 811e sees it join Taylor’s mainline collection, and features a solid Sitka spruce top with Indian rosewood back and sides, and is equipped of Taylor’s superlative ES2 electronics.

All the other details you might expect from the 800 series are here – the MOP fingerboard and peg inlays, the 4.5 mil gloss finish and of course the forensic level of detail and clarity in its voice. Delicious.


2. Fender American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster

Imagine the scene. This is NAMM, 1959, the last time the convention was held at the New Yorker Hotel. And you ask the crowd a question: “What would acoustic guitars look like in 2021?” How many of them would have even dreamed of a guitar like this?

Indeed, when the Acoustasonic Series debuted at NAMM 2019 with a redesigned Acoustic Hybrid Electric Fender Telecaster, it blew your mind. Well, we’ve all adjusted our screens, so to speak, and now the Acoustasonic is just another of those classic moments in Fender history where the brand leads the evolution of the guitar into a new era. .

The American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster might just be the best in the series yet, or at least the most versatile. There are so many sounds to explore between the blend between the acoustic engine and the electromagnetic pickup, that it redefines in many ways what we mean by an acoustic electric.

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The Jazzmaster’s offset shape carries the hybrid design well, with its forearm contour and electric guitar feel making it an extremely comfortable ride, and the kind of do-it-all guitar that serious players would do well. have on hand at all times. . It’s versatile, playable – a talking point – and, heck, it’s pretty cool to look at too.

MusicRadar verdict: The Acoustasonic Jazzmaster is a serious investment but for the right player, it’s a wise investment. If you’re relying on a looper for live performances, this could be a real game-changer. If you are in a function group and want easier between worlds, this is a solution. Above all, it is a really pleasant and inspiring guitar to play.

Read more: Fender American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster Review


3. Epiphone inspired by Gibson Hummingbird

The Gibson Hummingbird is a solid platinum classic of ambitious acoustic guitar design, but it comes at a price. What Epiphone’s Inspired By Gibson series does is bring this big-bodied, big-lunged beauty within reach of the tax average.

This is by no means an entry level guitar. Indeed, it’s not a cheap acoustic guitar at all, but for just under $800 you get the vibe, feel, and great acoustic guitar on its own terms.

Like the best high-end Epiphone models, it shortens the distance between entry-level Gibson USA and Epiphone, and begs the question, “Do you need to spend more?” Well, if you have it, why not? But this all-solid construction, with a spruce top, mahogany around the back and sides, is an aspiration in its own right. It contains songs for sure.

Epiphone inspired by Gibson Hummingbird

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MusicRadar verdict: A compelling, grown-up Epiphone take on Gibson’s most famous acoustic, the Inspired By Gibson Hummingbird carries the sonic hallmarks of its illustrious American-built relative. All at a more affordable price.

Read more: Epiphone review inspired by Gibson Hummingbird


4. Gibson Generation Series

Gibson USA’s most affordable acoustic guitars, the Generation Collection features four models, each inspired by time-tested Gibson designs. The electro-acoustic cutaway G-Writer, the electro-acoustic cutaway G-200 jumbo, the slope-shouldered G-45 dreadnought and the G-00 inspired L-00.

The G-200 and G-Writer have LR Baggs Bronze Anthem pickups, the G-00 and G-45 are all acoustic. But all four share a lot of detail – solid spruce tops, walnut back and sides, a super clean stripped aesthetic with natural satin finishes. And what else? … Oh, yes, each one is equipped with a player port – an additional rosette positioned on the player side to give you the best seat in the house.

The Player Port’s design harkens back to the 60s but has been repositioned and refined, and while it’s not revolutionary in terms of the sound of the guitar for the audience, it does provide excellent feedback of your tone and playing, the kind of quasi-surveillance experience that could be invaluable in a noisy concert setting.

In addition, the prices are very attractive. No acoustics outside of the Bozeman, Montana facility has ever been more affordable. The Gibson Generation collection is a superb addition to the brand’s acoustic range.

Gibson Generation Collection

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5. Takamine PTU441-MTB

Takamine PTU441-MTB

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This compact acoustic is a limited edition that’s worth pulling the trigger on the credit card ASAP if you’re looking for high-end acoustics with a smaller frame.

Construction and finish are typically Takamine – impeccable – and the aesthetic with the square slotted headstock is very cool. Tones are sweeter than honey, with a high-end eye for detail to get the most out of your fingering game, while amplified the PTU441-MTB displays a range that makes it suitable for a number of styles.

Takamine PTU441-MTB

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MusicRadar verdict: With its tasteful and elegant aesthetic, neat construction and soft tones, the PTU441 is an exemplary small-body acoustic, well worth checking out while it’s available.

Read more: Takamine PTU441-MTB review


6.Cort Core-OC

MusicRadar verdict: Cort has specified three pristine OM cutaway acoustics that offer unbeatable value, easy playability, and a variety of tones that show how the choice of woods affects an instrument’s sound.

Read more: Cort Core OC Series Review

Cort Core-OC Series

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7. Breedlove Premier Concertina CE

Music Radar’s verdict: The Concertina is full of charm, nuance and feel, with the power of the Adirondack spruce giving it a beautiful, expressive voice that’s a delight for the fingers and a treat for anyone who appreciates small-sized acoustics that rely on The dynamic.

Read more: Breedlove Premier Concertina CE

Breedlove Concertina CE

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8. PRS SE Tonare Salon P20E

Now available in a shade of milkshake pink, the affordable yet serious parlor-sized Tonare acoustic from PRS has been a huge hit since its launch, hitting the sweet spot for many players looking for a playmate. modestly proportioned couch with a grown-up voice that does well as a strummer and excels at fingerstyle.

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9. Epiphone USA Collection FT110 Frontier

MusicRadar verdict: Exquisite, ambitious dreadnought acoustics with unbeatable looks, a strong, bold voice, and a feel that lends itself to any style you fancy.

Read more: Epiphone USA Collection FT110 Frontier

Epiphone Frontier

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10. Yamaha NCX5

With its solid spruce top, solid walnut back and sides, superb construction and sleek design, the Yamaha NCX5 is your nylon-string electro guitar of the year. Some traditionalists might find it’s a bit too crossover nylon string to be their main classic compression, but its authoritative voice and superb playability make it a sounding beat for anyone looking for a pro-grade option. for the scene.

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