GEAR EXPO SUMMER 2022: It’s often mistakenly believed that the acoustic sector is the most averse to change, but just because you don’t see a bunch of glitzy finishes and active pickups doesn’t mean there isn’t real progress.
Whether it’s offering Martin’s work with its heelless Sure Align neck joints, Taylor’s Class V bracing, or Riversong’s through-the-neck constructions – there’s a lot going on in the acoustic world. right now.
Elsewhere, we’re seeing big advances in production techniques and material selection, which means that – if you’re lucky enough to have cash in hand right now – you can get your money’s worth in 2022. .
Harley Benton CLP-12SM BRS Solid Top
This small-body living room model from Harley Benton offers outstanding value, combining a solid Sitka spruce top, African Mahogany back and sides, and purple heart fingerboard and bridge.
Additionally, there is a bone nut and saddle (43mm), with some visual flourishes thanks to the rosette and abalone inlays. There’s also an HB-03 piezo pickup system and preamp with built-in tuner.
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Riversong Glennwood TS6 limited edition
Canadian luthier Riversong’s constructions incorporate many innovative features, including an intriguing neck-thru construction, which creates resonance through the body. It also allows the player to adjust the intonation and string height simply by turning an Allen key.
Elsewhere, the Double Reaction bridge conducts sound to both sides of the top, boosting volume. Add to that a torrefied Sitka spruce top, paired with solid cherry back and sides, a Canadian walnut fingerboard and a Fishman Flex 2 preamp and pickup and it looks like a compelling package.
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Takamine Limited 2022
£2,185 / $2,999
The Japanese acoustics specialist produces a limited edition model every year and 2022 marks the firm’s 60th anniversary. The design has its roots in an older version from the Takamine archives and features a solid Sitka spruce top with Hawaiian Koa on the back and sides.
There is an ebony fingerboard, with an abalone diamond inlay on the 12th fret, and an abalone binding and rosette. The electronics are handled by a CTF-2N pickup and preamp system referencing Takamine’s FET driven preamp, aka “the Brownie”.
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Martin 000-18 Modern Deluxe
£3,500 / $3,599
One of seven new additions to Martin’s high-end Modern Deluxe series, this 000 acoustic has a solid Sitka spruce top (treated with Martin’s Vintage Tone System aging process), ebony fingerboard and back , sides and a solid mahogany neck.
It offers a scale length of 24.9 inches and a nut width of 1.75 inches (44.45 mm) and features a host of stylish aesthetic touches, including rosewood binding, script logo des 1930s gold hardware and abalone dot markers. It is a first-rate construction of understated elegance.
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Taylor AD27E Flametop
The American acoustic giant has added some great and very useful guitars to its 2022 lineup, but we’re having a hard time getting past this Flametop addition to the American Dream Series.
Maple is the order of the day, providing both visual flair and chunky tonal character. There’s a Big Leaf maple top, maple back and sides, and hard maple neck – all brought together in this Grand Pacific construction with the firm’s acclaimed V-Class bracing.
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Fender Paramount PD-220E Dreadnought
Fender slowly and subtly builds a very convincing setting for its acoustic instruments. The Paramount range offers excellent value for money, with solid woods, Fishman/Fender preamps, beautiful aesthetic flourishes at a very attractive price.
This dreadnought is also available with a solid spruce top, but we love the vibe of this all-mahogany variant. It has an ovangkol bridge and board, bone nut and saddle, and is equipped with a Fender/Fishman Sonitone™ Plus pickup system. There’s even a hard case included.
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Martin SC-13E Special
The SC-13E is packed with innovation. First of all, it’s offbeat acoustics and you don’t see them every day. Second, it uses the firm’s Sure Align neck (a clever kind of concave dovetail joint), which does away with the bulky heel and allows excellent access to the upper frets. Third, it has an asymmetrical neck body, which twists (on purpose) to complement your positioning along the neck.
Material wise, you’ll find a thin Ziricote veneer back and sides, Sitka spruce top, nickel open gear tuners, and LR Baggs Element pickup system.
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