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Jackson Kelly KE3 Pro Hands On Review

Jackson guitars have always offered aggressive looks and sound coupled with high-quality workmanship. Their KE Pro series brings all the upscale Jackson elements to a very attractive price point. Based on the Kelly, the KE3 has […]

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Guitars

Fernandes Native Elite Guitar Review

Although its body is reminiscent of a chubby Fender Jaguar; the Fernandes Native Elite is a decidedly modern guitar with a little hi-tech voodoo-namely Fernandes’ proprietary Sustainer technology, which offers virtually limitless sustain and rich, controlled freedback. Based on the company’s highly popular alder-bodied Native Standard […]

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Acoustic Guitars

Top 6 Acoustic Guitars To Buy 2020 – [Acoustic Guitar Review]

For those on a budget or those that are looking for a fantastic bargain here are the best acoustic guitars that are available for under $500. Gone are the days when you needed to break the bank to be able to afford a great guitar as now you can have both great sound and a well built guitar that will last for years at under $500.

Here then are my recommended best acoustic guitars for under $500 in no particular order.

Washburn D10S Acoustic Guitar

The worlds best selling acoustic guitar and the one that acoustic guitar magazine named the best guitar available for under $500. Although I don’t totally agree with that statement it certainly is a fantastic guitar for the money. It is easy to play and sounds fantastic, in fact it sounds better than many acoustic guitars that cost twice the price.

Seagull S6

This is one of the best acoustic guitars in the world in fact if you didn’t know it’s price (under $400 ) you would swear it would be a $800 plus guitar. The Seagul S6 sounds almost as good as many top end Martins, Taylors and Gibsons but for a fraction of the price. It may be a little more expensive than the Washburn d10s but for that you will have a guitar that will last you a lifetime.

Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar

It’s amazing how close this comes to the Gibson hummingbird when you consider the difference in price but Epiphone have done a fantastic job. It may not be a Gibson but for many it is as close as they will come to owning a hummingbird because of the price. This guitar is fantastic for beginners and even experienced players will find some joy.

Fender DG100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

The beautiful DG100 has a fantastic feel to it and is well suited to almost any style of play. The strings that come with the guitar are a little harsh but this is easily fixed with new strings. If your looking for great acoustic guitar from one of the biggest names around then this is definitely worth a look for under $300.

Takamine G320 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

If your looking for a bargain then this is it. I’ve played $800 acoustic guitars that don’t have the same quality of sound as the G320 Dreadnought, and yet this cost under $150. This is another example of the quality that Takamine guitars provide. It may not last you a lifetime but for value for money this is amazing.

Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar

Whether a complete novice or a veteran player the FG730S offers an amazing playing experience. The feel of it is that of a much more expensive guitar and the sound is also great. It may not be as easy to play as some of the others which is something a complete novice may want to consider but it is a wonderful instrument for the price.

Alvarez RD8 Regent Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

I’d never played an Alvarez guitar before trying the RD8 and to be honest I wasn’t expecting much but this is a great guitar for the price ( under $200 ). It has a clear and full sound that not many $200 guitars can match and is a great purchase for any beginner or for someone looking for a solid second guitar.

Ibanez AEL20E Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Onboard Tuner

This is the best looking guitar you will find for under $500 but it deserves to be in this list of the best acoustic guitars for under $500 for more reasons than that. The Ibanez sounds absolutely beautiful whether plugged in or acoustic and is a match for many higher priced guitars available. If you can afford it this has to be considered.

Takamine G Series 340C Acoustic-Electric Guitar

In my opinion I have saved the best until last as I believe the 340C to be the best of the best acoustic guitars for under $500, in fact in terms of sound I doubt you will find a guitar for less than a $1000 that sounds better. Takamine have produced, in my opinion the best value for money guitar in the world.

And there you have my best acoustic guitars for under $500. If you have the complete $500 I’d go with the Takamine 340C but whichever of these guitars you opt for I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. […]

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Gibson Les Paul Studio Swirl Guitars

Gibson Guitars — Gibson applies a new swirly look to the familiar Les Paul guitar, producing the new Les Paul Studio Swirl line.

The Les Paul Studio line is dedicated to giving hard working musicians the performance and tone they demand, and Gibson has been working and improving at it since 1983.
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Now Gibson has added a new line with cosmetic upgrades – The Les Paul Studio Swirl.

It applies the same tried and tested formula that made the first Les Paul Standards with humbuckers a legendary guitar back in 1957.

It features a down to earth business package, less on frills, heavy on where it matters – performance and sound. The same stringent quality is applied, only this time Gibson added four new swirl finishes and made the Swirl line relatively easier on the pocket compared to its more expensive brothers.

Gibson employed a minimalist finishing approach that results in a thin nitrocellulose finish. It also does not have a body binding to give it a more organic feel.

The body has the same classic tonewood as the Les Paul Standards, consisting of mahogany with a solid carved maple top. It also features strategically placed tone chambers for resonance and weight reduction. The solid-mahogany neck is glued in using the “quarter-sawn” grain orientation. The sturdy built will ensure that your fingers will be playing around the exotic Obeche fretboard for a long time. Gibson guarantees the Swirl Line’s play-ability with its ’50s era neck profile.

The Les Paul Studio Swirls are all equipped with Gibson 490R humbuckers in the neck and 498T in the bridge both based on the original PAF humbuckers. It also comes equipped with a Tune-o-matic bridge paired to a Stud-Mounted Stop Bar tailpiece.

Current MSRP for these guitars are at $2,399.

For more information head over to Gibson.com. […]

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Amplifiers

Vox Classic Plus AC50CPH head and V412BN Cab Review

Vox AC50 Classic Plus 50W head is an EL34-powered line up that marries the classic VOX tone and chime of rock and roll legend with a versatile high-gain channel that does it all – from the ’50s to tomorrow. Sound big? You bet. What do 50 years of classic VOX sonic history sound like? Play one. […]

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Guitars

Malden Subhuman Guitar Review

It’s always cool to see a new guitar company get its act together and introduce guitars that aren’t based on the classics of the ’50s and ’60s, and the Subhuman, with its slashing, fantasy-warrior lines, is about as far removed from the vintage/retro thing as it gets. Despite its name, the Subhuman is not about summoning the spirit of Beelzebub with bowel-churning dropped tuning. It is, however, most definitely aimed at rockers and metal heads who want a fast-playing and tough-sounding guitar—if it happens to resemble a medieval battle ax, well, that’s icing on the cake.

The Sub is well made and features a flawless black finish and clean binding. Other than the offset fretboard dots, the only significant decoration is the stylized Maltese cross, which is Malden’s trademark graphic. The medium-jumbo frets are nicely polished and evenly set and trimmed, and the neck has a slim profile and a wide 12″ radius fretboard. The cutaway might feel a little tight for players with large hands, but the scoop is deeply beveled on the rear side to facilitate high fingering. There’s a pronounced volute where the neck transitions into the headstock, and to increase string pressure on the nut and eliminate the need for string trees, the headstock is angled at 14 degrees. To further enhance vibrational coupling to the wood, the strings load though metal ferrules on back of the body. The control cavity is well shielded with nickel paint and a foil-backed cover plate, and the wiring and soldering are tidy. The pots, pickup selector, and output jack look a little light for the long haul, but that’s the only concern I have with this guitar’s construction. […]

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Featured Guitars

Ibanez RG870 and RG920 Premium Series Guitar Review

The Premium series comes in two flavors: the RG870 has an American basswood body and includes a trio of Ibanez CAP-VM pickups; and the higher-end RG920QM, sporting a quilted maple top on an American basswood body and outfitted with trusty high-gain DiMarzio IBZ pickups in the bridge and neck positions, as well as a newly augmented Edge-Zero II bridge with Zero Point system. The RG870 comes in simple, classic black; the RG920QM has a translucent finish […]

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Ibanez S320 Guitar Review

The Ibanez S320 is yet another guitar that follows the Henry Ford Model T credo of “any color you want, as long as it’s black.” Like other S Series Ibanez models, the S320 design mixes the mahogany body and thin edges of an SG with the asymmetrical double cutaway body shape of a Strat […]