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Martin Model America 1 and Standard Series D-28 acoustic guitars

Review: Martin Model America 1 and Standard Series D-28

In an era when tropical tonewoods such as mahogany and rosewood have become increasingly regulated and scarce, it makes perfect sense to make a guitar entirely from North American woods. The Model America 1 is based on the stalwart D-18, but with tonewoods that can be found in Martin’s—or maybe even your own—back yard.
Collings OM1 acoustic guitar

Review: Collings Julian Lage Signature OM1 JL

Throughout the history of guitar making, collaborations between luthiers and guitarists have influenced the discipline and produced spectacular instruments. A brilliant example of this practice is the new Collings Julian Lage Signature OM1 JL, based on a deep exchange of ideas between the late builder and company founder Bill Collings and contemporary guitar phenom Julian Lage.




Gear Review: Guild D-55

This rejuvenated version of Guild's classic D-55 dreadnought captures many of the details of the original while offering a few enhancements.
Tanglewood Java Parlor and Winterleaf Orchestra Model acoustic guitars.

Gear Review: Tanglewood Java Series Parlor and Winterleaf Series OM

  Despite being distributed in 60 countries and receiving the “All-time best-selling acoustic guitars in the UK” award by the Music Industry Awards, Tanglewood brand isn’t a household name in the US. But that may change now that the UK-based brand of guitars made in Indonesia and China are being…





Taylor 10e and 12e Academy Guitars Review

If I hadn’t had their spec sheets in front of me, I might not have known that a pair of new Taylor guitars were affordable instruments. The new Taylor Academy 10e dreadnought and 12e Grand Concert each sell for well under a grand with a deluxe padded gig bag. Both…

Guild M-40E acoustic guitar

Guild M-40E Troubadour Review

The Guild M-40E acoustic guitar is based on the 1960s-era Guild F-20 model. It is a concert-sized instrument that packs a punch, especially when plugged in.


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