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.
01. Martin OM-28E Retro
Martin Guitars is considered a classic brand, and earlier this year Martin introduced its vintage-inspired Retro Series with four of its most noteworthy and iconic acoustic models (D-18E, D-45E, HD-28E and OM28E) and equipped them with Fishman’s superb F1 Aura Plus electronics that have been infused with “modeled” tones from original “museum-quality” examples of the guitars mentioned.
I could pick just about any one of the Retro Series as a true winner, but I think the OM-28E ($4,499) is by far the most comfortable and beautifully voiced acoustic of the bunch.
What’s more is the plugged-in sound of the OM-28E is just plain captivating and warm, especially if you plan on using this acoustic for live performances.
More info: martinguitar.com
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