Gear Of The Year 2017: Best Acoustic Over £1,000
There’s a simple joy in playing a fine acoustic guitar, and 2017 found us in no short supply of top-end charmers from boutique builders and the big boys alike.
• Price £1,329
• Reviewed August 2017
• Contact Eastman Musical Instruments Europe www.eastmanguitars.com
Eastman has been consistently blowing our socks off with the gorgeous Antique Varnish finishes on its electric guitars, and this compact acoustic is equally impressive.
As well as having a fetchingly retro look, this guitar delivers in every other area in spades, belying its reasonable price tag. With high-quality materials, convincing ageing and truly outstanding tone and playability, Eastman has produced a winner in every respect.
We said “Aged-finish acoustics aren’t for everyone, but the playability, vibe and sheer tonal quality here are undeniable”.
• Price £2,999
• Reviewed June 2017
• Contact Forsyth’s 0161 956 2052 www.forsyths.co.uk
We said “Where it matters, Alister Atkin has got it spectacularly right. Vintage tone with contemporary playability and very accomplished relicing. A simply wonderful acoustic guitar”.
• Price £3,141
• Reviewed February 2017
• Contact Big Fish Studios 01206 382224 www.taylorguitars.com
We said “The 712e is not a cheap guitar, but the playability, tone and build quality are commensurate with the price – and it looks fantastic. A guitar for life”.
Fairbanks F20-S Nick Lucas Gold Sparkle
• Price £5,750
• Reviewed May 2017
• Contact The North American Guitar 0207 835 5597 fairbanksguitars.com
We said “The F20-S combines many vintage Gibson characteristics with flawless playability and impressive volume and balance”.
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