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Acoustic Guitars

Parkwood PW-510 dreadnought acoustic guitar

The sound is what you would expect out of a rosewood back & side guitar. Deep bass with clean crisp highs. It is both dark from the rosewood and bright at the same time. Single note runs are clear and strummed chords are beautifully blended together. While higher end guitars sound a little deeper & smoother, there is a good fundamental sound to the Parkwood and it has some nice overtones to it (although the overtones aren’t very prominent). For comparison sake, I’ve owned a Breedlove AD20/SR+ (solid back/laminate sides), an Alvarez PD90S (solid back/laminate sides), and tried an Alvarez MD90C (all solid rosewood). In terms of sound, I prefer them in this order: Parkwood, Alvarez MD90C, Alvarez PD90S, and then the Breedlove AD20/SR+. Of these guitars, the Parkwood is the loudest. While the Breedlove was nice, it sounded too muffled like someone turned down the volume on it. The Alvarez’s were nice and maybe a little nicer when fingerpicked (due to the Englemann spruce top), it was a little lacking when strummed hard. I’ve owned some higher end rosewood guitars, but in terms of price, it wouldn’t be fair to include them. I’ve also tried a Chinese made Guild with solid rosewood back and sides and was not very impressed. The thick finish seemed to deaden the sound. I would rank the Parkwood ahead of that one as well. […]

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Effects

Fishman AFX Acoustic Effect Pedals Review

For years, ACOUSTIC-ELECTRIC players that wanted to process their instruments with effects have faced a dilemma. Because acoustic instruments have a refined, subtle sound, only studio-quality effects will do when you want to process acoustic […]

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Acoustic Guitars

FUTURE VINTAGE: Pre-Fender Tacoma Acoustics

The Complete Fender Acoustic Guitar Story

Does that sound sort of odd? We’re more used to hearing “Fender Electric Guitars” “Strat” and “Tele”. But Fender has been making acoustic guitars since 1962. They now manufacture a full line of acoustic and acoustic electric guitars.

The man behind their acoustics was Roger Rossmeisl. Rossmeisl’s father was a guitar builder in Germany and Roger worked for him. The father, Wenzel, mainly made archtop jazz guitars.

Roger came to the U.S. and went to work for Gibson. He then moved to California and worked for Rickenbacker before starting with Fender in 1962. Leo Fender had some ideas that he wanted to see in an acoustic guitar. Rossmeisl designed the first acoustic guitars with Fender’s ideas in mind. […]

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Acoustic Guitars

Gibson Jackson Browne Acoustic Guitar

The Gibson Acoustic Jackson Browne Model is a true collaboration between the artist and the guitar maker and is inspired by Gibson’s fabulous Jumbo body design of the 1930’s.

Jackson worked with Gibson Montana for 5 years perfecting this “round shoulder” Jumbo. He desired to create for upcoming generations of musicians the best acoustic guitar available — made by Gibson — with no modern “compromise” or shortcuts in construction, design, and features. This guitar would deliver the most natural and magical “tone quality” & superior live performance capability anywhere on this planet .

The Gibson Jackson Browne Model design is based on the Gibson acoustic guitars Jackson has been performing with for over a decade — that have left his audiences in awe of his natural acoustic tone on the big stage. […]

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Acoustic Guitars

Epiphone EJ-200CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar Review

The Epiphone EJ-200CE Acoustic-Electric guitar is a classic that has been around for generations. This guitar has the melodious sound of an acoustic that is paired with the power of an electric guitar, so you have the best of both worlds in your hands. Perfect for a live gig, the electric-acoustic guitar can give you a sound that reaches even the largest audience, without sacrificing the sound that fits your style best. […]

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Features

Master Guitar Luthier Phil Petillo Dead At 64

Phil Petillo, a master luthier, inventor, and true Renaissance man, died August 13, 2010 of a massive heart attack. Known to the world as a luthier, engineer, musician, draftsman, and scientist, Petillo is also known as the man who sold Bruce Springsteen his famous 1953 Fender Esquire. Petillo also did instrument work for many other well-known players, including Tal Farlow, Paul McCartney, and Jim Croce […]