Shootout: Acoustics Around A Thousand Bucks

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We’re living in a unique time for acoustic guitar manufacturers. Today, there’s a real sweet spot around the $1,000 mark: it’s where some of the super big brands place stripped-down guitars that do away with some of the visual flash in order to give you a sweet prestige-name instrument. It’s also where some of the more wallet-friendly brands place their upgraded guitars – the ones with extra flash and more sophisticated preamps. 

Ask any guitar store, and they’ll tell you that acoustic guitars are sold differently to electrics: often, a customer will walk in with an idea of what brand and model electric guitar they want (“Dude, I need a sunburst Les Paul – like Pagey!”). But acoustic guitars are usually a different story. A player will have a particular musical need (“I need a thin neck.” “I need a versatile preamp.” “I don’t need to mic it up, so don’t even show me models with pickups.” “It has to have a cutaway...”), and the store will work with the customer to put guitars into their hands that fit those requirements. 

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Peter Hodgson is a journalist, an award-winning shredder, an instructional columnist, a guitar teacher, a guitar repair guy, a dad and an extremely amateur barista. He runs a blog, I Heart Guitar, which allows him to publicly geek out over his obsessions. Peter is from Melbourne, Australia, where he writes for various magazines, including Guitar World.