Seven new electric and acoustic guitars: March 2020

Our favourite new electric and acoustic guitar announcements, releases and rumours of the past month.

Every month, we compile a few lists of guitars fresh out of the oven. Here’s one dedicated to the latest electric and acoustic guitars.

Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster 1

A collaboration between Fender Custom Shop and Saleen Automotive, the Stratocaster 1 (seen above) was inspired by the Saleen 1 supercar. Its standout features are a single humbucker housed beneath a tinted plexiglass window and a three-ply carbon fibre fingerboard – both nods to the aesthetics of the vehicle.

Guild Starfire I DC

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The Guild Starfire I
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Leading the pack this month is Guild’s highly anticipated Starfire I range of affordable semi-hollow electric guitars. Seen here is the DC model, featuring the famous double-cut body shape with a mahogany center block for reduced feedback and enhanced sustain. It’s built for delicious vintage tones, courtesy of Guild’s own HB-2 Alnico II humbuckers with push-pull coil splitting action.

Kiesel Guitars Will Swan Signature (WS6S)

Kiesel’s Will Swan WS6S (top) and Marc Okubo MO7X guitars. Images: Kiesel Guitars

Kiesel Guitars announced two artist signature models this month: one for Will Swan of Dance Gavin Dance and Sianvar fame, and another for Marc Okubo from Veil of Maya. Featured here is the former, which is based on Kiesel’s California Single Cut Carved Top (CS6S) model. It has a Honduras mahogany body with a flamed maple top, five-piece mahogany neck with maple stripes, and an ebony fingerboard with a swan inlay.

Fender MHAK Art Gallery Telecaster

The MHAK Art Gallery Telecaster.
The MHAK Art Gallery Telecaster

Fender recently teamed up with Japanese artist MHAK for a limited-edition ‘Art Gallery Collection’ Telecaster. This understated instrument features an alder body and maple neck  adorned with the artist’s signature ornamental designs. It also comes loaded with a Fender wide-range humbucker in the neck, and a standard Telecaster single-coil in the bridge.

Harley Benton DC Junior FAT

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The Harley Benton DC Junior FAT
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Harley Benton has refreshed its single-pickup DC Junior with a chunkier “FAT” mahogany neck and a transparent, open-pore cherry finish. While single-pup guitars run the risk of sacrificing versatility, this double-cut comes loaded with a Roswell P90D stack STK4P alnico-5 pickup and push-pull functionality. That means you have the option of switching between a P100-style stacked humbucker sound and a more P90-esque tone.

Cort Gold Edge LE

Cort Gold Edge LE
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The Gold Edge LE is Cort’s latest limited edition electro-acoustic guitar. According to the brand, its design focuses on ergonomics and is aimed at a comfortable playing experience for all players. Key to this are bevel cuts have been made in three areas: the armrest, cutaway and rib rest areas, all areas of contact with a guitarist’s body. In terms of build, the guitar features a Sitka spruce top and solid flamed Myrtlewood back and sides.

Larrivée C-03R-TE Custom “Tommy Emmanuel”

Acoustic guitar maker Larrivée recently relaunched in the UK and one of the first instruments out its doors was the C-03R-TE Custom “Tommy Emmanuel”. It was inspired by the C-10 12-fret guitar Jean Larrivée built for the Australian guitarist almost 20 years ago. The new acoustic guitar shares many similar design elements as its predecessor, including East Indian rosewood back and sides, a BC Sitka spruce top, a Florentine cutaway and a 12-fret neck joint. The cherry on top is a hand-signed Tommy Emmanuel label on the inside of each new instrument.

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