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Acoustic Guitar Brands That You Should Consider

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 184

These days there are about a million different acoustic guitar brands out on the market, and all of them claim to be the next best thing since sliced bread. If you watch television, I'm sure you've already found out that you can play just like Esteban simply by purchasing his guitar. Seriously? If it was a great guitar then they wouldn't have to use an infomercial to sell it. Good acoustic guitars sell themselves, just like any quality product does.

Anyways, if you're reading this article, I assume that you are either looking for a new guitar or you're secretly shopping for somebody special in your life. Perhaps you're new to the guitar, or maybe you're just thinking about learning to play. Well, whatever the reason, I'm going to make things easy for you and go over some well established and respected acoustic guitar manufacturers.

Taylor Guitars Taylor has been selling guitars since around 1976 which would appear to make them a greenhorn in comparison to some other legendary acoustic guitar brands. Don't be fooled... Taylor is a heavy hitter in the guitar industry and they utilize state of the art technology and manufacturing processes that rival that of any modern guitar maker. They are known for high quality, consistent instruments and their guitars have arguably the best action in the industry. Taylor guitars are a little on the pricey side, but they do offer entry level instruments such as the 110 series if you don't want to spend your rent money buying a new guitar. Their laminate guitars actually sound pretty good (that says quite a bit because I don't usually recommend any laminates). From Amazon to Ebay, you can find a Taylor for sale just about anywhere.

Larrivee I'm sure almost all Canadian guitarists are familiar with Larrivee guitars. However, if you live in the United States, chances are you aren't going to find one hanging on the wall at your local Guitar Center. You can find a used one every now and then as I suspect they take them in on trades. For such an amazing guitar its disappointing that they don't have wider distribution here in the States. Larrivee guitars aren't cheap, nor should they be. This Canadian guitar maker uses top notch craftsmanship and woods in their instruments, and if you can find one at a decent price then don't be scared to jump on it.

Takamine Okay, I decided to throw Takamine in the list for people not wanting to dip into their kids college funds for a quality guitar. Takamine is often overlooked, but they offer excellent guitars that are suitable for both amateur and even professional guitarists. Like most manufacturers, they offer different models and price ranges and all of their guitars aren't the same. One particular model called "Jasmine" is offered by the company, and its about the lowest quality guitar they have. You should steer clear of this model and other laminate guitars. Instead, focus on their higher end solid wood guitars. In my opinion,Takamine guitars really provide the most bang for your buck out of all the guitars on this list, considering you can find an extremely nice used one for less than $700

Beautiful Quilted Maple Back & Sides On This Gibson Acoustic Guitar

Gibson I shouldn't even need to introduce this guitar maker to you. The Gibson name is pretty much synonymous with the acoustic guitar. Their highly coveted and expensive Hummingbird model is the dream guitar of many acoustic players, but they also make affordable instruments for average Joe's like you and I (Well I'm an average Joe anyways, I don't know about you). Gibson guitars are really easy on the eyes, and they even sound great too! Its sad when you walk into a store and pick up a beautiful guitar that catches your eye then it turns out to be a nothing more than some crappy laminate with a nice paint job. Those kind of guitars are better for decorating, not playing! Gibson focuses on aesthetics as well as sound so you can have your cake and eat it too! If you're strapped for cash but you're absolutely dying to have a Gibson, you might be interested in an Epiphone. They are owned by Gibson and sell many of the same models at a much lower price. However, the quality of their guitars is substantially inferior to a true Gibson and you'll be better off getting the real deal if you can afford it. Most of their models are cheap laminate copies of higher end Gibsons.

Martin (C.F. Martin) Famous for their revolutionary x-bracing system, Martin has been a pioneer and an industry leader in manufacturing guitars since the 1800′s. Just like Gibson, the name Martin screams quality in regards to acoustic guitars. As a matter of fact, the most common guitar model on the market today, the dreadnought, was invented by Martin. Once only a maker of high priced "luxury guitars", Martin has evolved out of necessity, like most modern guitar manufacturers, into a company that provides instruments of many different price levels and varying degrees of quality.

A Word Of Caution

Once upon a time when you bought a Martin or Gibson, you just knew it was a great guitar. I mean it had to be right? It was a "Martin", or a "Gibson". These days, a name brand alone doesn't carry the weight it used to. Even "higher end" guitar manufacturers offer what I consider to be "low quality" or "budget" instruments. Do your homework and make sure you are getting one of their better models. It's often beneficial to read customer reviews on Musicians Friend and the Guitar Center website. However, some of these reviews are probably a little biased because most guitar players are absolutely in love with their new instrument for the first few weeks after they get it. As soon as they take their new axe out of its case and strum a few chords, they hop on the computer and preach about how its made the world a better place. Example: "This is the best guitar ever made... Period!". Sometimes it takes a while for them to realize that the guitar they bought might not be as good as they originally thought.

Other Brands

This article is by no means an all inclusive list, and I'm sorry if I didn't mention your favorite acoustic guitar brand. Some other reputable makers that I have left out (only because this article is getting ridiculously long) are:

  • Breedlove
  • Seagull
  • Yamaha
  • Various Hand-built Guitars

Choosing the right acoustic guitar can often be a difficult and stressful task. If you stick with one of the guitars listed in this article, you can rest assured that you've made a good decision.

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