Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top 5 Acoustic Guitars of 2012
Guitar World Gear Editor Paul Riario chooses his top five new acoustic guitars of 2012.
02. Yamaha AC1R
The AC1R ($1,050) is part of Yamaha’s award-winning A Series of acoustic-electric guitars. This particular series was designed as a workhorse acoustic for live performances and I can tell you, it delivers.
The concert-sized AC1R features a slim profile on its mahogany neck, which is great for moving across the fretboard with ease. It also features a solid sitka spruce top, ebony bridge, and rosewood back and sides. The A series come in many different models — for example, mahogany back and sides — but as a personal preference, I love the sound of rosewood for back and sides on an acoustic.
To my ears, it’s richer and warmer, especially if you do a great deal of strumming. The SRT (Studio Response Technology) piezo/pickup electronics are excellent and gig-worthy even if they seem more bulky than other onboard electronic systems.
More info: yamaha.com
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