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Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top 5 Acoustic Guitars of 2012

Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top 5 Acoustic Guitars of 2012

Two thousand twelve seemed to be the year of the acoustic.

With hits like “I Will Wait” from Mumford & Sons or “Home” by Phillip Phillips, a host of this year’s most popular songs featured an acoustic guitar as the prominent instrument fueling the tune. Even mega-stars like Katy Perry took notice and stripped away the electronic beats of her hit song “The One That Got Away” to deliver a sensitive acoustic performance of it.

So, sticking with this trend, I’d say it’s a good time to consider going unplugged and writing that next hit we’ll all be singing along to next year. Find the acoustic room, check out my top five picks and find the one that won’t go away.

05. Fender USA Select Kingman “C”

Fender is primarily known for its electric guitars, like the legendary Stratocaster and Telecaster as well as many other iconic models, but not so much for their acoustic instruments. Well, I can tell you the Fender USA Select Kingman “C” ($2,660) will make you change your mind about that.

The Kingman “C” rules with a commanding acoustic voice and playfully marries all the things guitarists love about the Stratocaster into it: vintage C-shaped maple neck with rolled edges, dual-action truss rod and Stratocaster headstock — just like its electric counterpart.

It comes in a head-turning Fiesta Red gloss finish on its Engelmann spruce top with mahogany back and sides and sounds every bit as good when plugged into the built-in Fishman Matrix Infinity electronics.

It's a fun guitar that sounds amazing unplugged.

More info: fender.com

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