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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, most of this year’s most popular songs had 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.
As part of the ritual on American Idol, the finalists make a trip to their hometowns at this point in the competition. Such was the case when finalist Phillip Phillips returned to his hometown of Leesburg, Georgia, on May 12.
Ingrid Michaelson is back with her fifth album, Human Again, and Yamaha Entertainment Group will choose one lucky winner to see her perform the new songs live.
Yamaha is giving away a meet-and-greet with Michaelson, along with an autographed Yamaha A-Series Acoustic/Electric guitar and more.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews two of Yamaha's A Series acoustic-electric guitars, the A1M and the A3R. Both models are dreadnought cutaways that feature built-in preamps and saddle piezo pickups.