Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top 5 Acoustic Guitars of 2011

During this holiday season, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve been asked to recommend a good acoustic.

Considering that there are so many great acoustics to check out, it would be difficult for me to use this space to cover each one because they are available at just about every price point, so the question actually becomes, “Well, how much are you willing to spend?”

Additionally, acoustics come in so many different body styles (dreadnought, jumbo, concert, parlor, etc.,) that you’ll have to try them all out to see which of those is most comfortable for you and, not to mention, whether you want that with a cutaway or with electronics!

I always say, money shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to finding that perfect guitar because you always want to be inspired to pick it up. With that in mind, what I will do is reveal the top five acoustics I’ve come across this past year. So fret not: Some of the ones below are affordable while others you’ll have to stretch that wallet a bit.

Paul Riario on Paul Riario:I try very hard to remain under the radar, despite being on camera as gear editor at Guitar World, but in this age of social media, it was only a matter of time before it had to come to this. So with that, I will make my blog painless and a quick and easy read so you can get on to more important things like practicing guitar and sweep picking, or if you’re like me, getting tiger blood transfusions and figuring out how to be Olivia Wilde’s boy toy. I will use this blog to inform you of things I find cool; like new gear I’m playing through and what I’m watching, reading or listening to at any given moment. So feel free to ask me anything that’s gear related — or if you have a problem with your girlfriend, ya know, life lesson stuff, I’m pretty good at that too — and I’ll do my best to answer or address it here.

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