I love my old guitar, but sadly I think it’s seen better days. I’ve changed more strings over the years than I’ve had hot dinners, and the poor old thing is looking worn and battered. I think it might be time to invest in a new acoustic so that I can carry on making music. In fact, I wasn’t even the first person to own my guitar. It belonged to my cousin first, and he used it for around 5 years before he finally decided to give it to me so that I could learn to play. The fact that it’s been used for so long makes me feel happier about finally looking for a newer model since I know that she’s seen long service and is ready for her retirement!
I’ve been looking into how to choose a new guitar that suits my needs. Of course, I didn’t actually buy my existing model, so I wasn’t sure what I should be looking for. Since I’m not a beginner anymore, I don’t need something too basic, and I want an instrument that is going to produce a fantastic sound without breaking the bank. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to spend the earth on a new guitar, much as I would love to, but I’m prepared to pay a reasonable amount to get the quality that I’m looking for.
I’m looking for an instrument that is made from premium woods and which has a good quality fit and finish but which also has the option to plug in so that I can use it either as an acoustic or an electric guitar. Here are the three instruments that I have shortlisted after looking at reviews of the best acoustic guitars today.
Martin Road Series
This beautiful acoustic guitar has high-quality fittings and is made from solid woods and yet at an affordable price. Producing a full and rich sound, this structurally sound instrument uses sapele wood which produces a timbre that is very similar to that produced by mahogany, with a round, full tone but with plenty of brightness. The mahogany neck is sturdy and the projection and resonance of this instrument is highly impressive. The fingerboard and bridge won’t disfigure or warp even in a humid or hot climate, and it will also be less likely to fade and stain than if it had been made from ebony or rosewood. It is also amp-equipped, thanks to its output jack, pickup and inbuilt Fisher preamp. On the downside, this isn’t the most decorative instrument and it does use synthetic materials for the bridge and fingerboard which is somewhat off putting.
Simon and Patrick
This smaller guitar is perfect for playing blues music and is wonderful for fingerpicking. Made entirely from solid wood, this guitar uses Adirondack spruce and solid mahogany and this ensures a high-quality sound with a light and mellow tone. Infinitely playable, this guitar features a slim neck and is cut close and low into the body for better comfort during playing. Its slim front end also allows easier access to the fretboard, while also making it look elegant yet simple. On the downside, I wouldn’t be able to play heavy strumming or loud music on this instrument.
This is an acoustic-electric combination instrument that offers plenty of versatility and which is considered to be possibly the best acoustic electric guitar under 1000. With all of the projection of a dreadnought, the Godin Seagull offers more definition and the cutaway fret access ensures that I could enjoy more technical fretwork play. This is a great rock guitar with an attractive finish and stylish tuners that add extra flair and appeal to the high-quality solid woods.
Canadian made, this instrument uses homegrown woods and is highly durable, with the cedar wood used is resistant to warping. The tone is especially good from this instrument thanks to the special construction techniques which have been employed by the manufacturer and it can also be plugged in for live play. On the downside, however, the cherry sides and back are three-ply laminate and are not solid pieces.
Having weighed everything up, I’m seriously considering the Seagull, but I haven’t quite made a final decision. I think I’ll have to try playing each one in a store first before I finally choose.