Acoustic Guitars

The Big Review: Taylor American Dream AD27 & AD17 Blacktop

Taylor returns with new USA-made Grand Pacific instruments, crafted in the face of adversity and named after its very first workshop.

Review: McNally Guitars Presentation OM Celtic Ivy

A relatively new name to the guitar-making scene comes with a strong pedigree.

The Big Review: Taylor Builder’s Edition 652ce

With compact dimensions, softened edges and reverse stringing, this is no ordinary 12-string.

Review: Lowden F-35 Ebony & Sinker Redwood

The pride of Northern Irish guitar-making moves into new sonic territory with an exotic combination of timbers.

Review: Atkin Guitars The Forty Seven

Atkin Guitars’ Slope Shoulder series of Gibson-inspired acoustics includes this achingly authentic yet updated take on the LG-2. Does it sound as good as it looks?

Review: Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster

Fender follows the Acoustasonic Telecaster with a double-cut version, complete with a range of new sounds. Does this svelte hybrid raise the bar?

Review: Gibson Slash Collection Les Paul Standard & J-45 Standard

Gibson and the world’s leading top hat wearing rocker team up anew for a collection of electric and acoustic signature models.

Review: Taylor Guitars Builder’s Edition 816ce and 324ce


Taylor Guitars doubles down on V-Class bracing with some new touches at both ends of the price spectrum.

Review: D’Angelico Excel Gramercy

An upgraded take on D’Angelico’s popular grand auditorium model brings archtop pedigree to the flat-top world.

Review: Taylor 562ce 12-string

V-Class bracing has already produced stunning results in Taylor’s six-string acoustic line, but what happens when Andy Powers turns his attention to the 12-string?
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