Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Acoustic Electric Guitars Review: Birds Everywhere

Paul Reed Smith SE Angelus A20E acoustic electric guitar
PRS SE Angelus A20E acoustic electric guitar

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Are you tired of those little, round pearloid dots running up and down your fretboard? If so, you should look at a Paul Reed Smith (PRS) acoustic electric guitar, because it has birds of various shapes, sizes, and species along its neck.

PRS guitars’ signature, other than the Paul Reed Smith name itself, are the decorative, in-flight birds that replace the standard dots marking the frets in the usual positions. Continue reading “Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Acoustic Electric Guitars Review: Birds Everywhere”

Mitchell Acoustic Electric Guitars Review: See What Came In under the Radar

Mitchell Exotic Wood MX420 acoustic electric guitar
Mitchell Exotic Wood MX420

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Have you ever heard of Mitchell guitars? Don’t be ashamed if you haven’t. Mitchell is not yet one of the better-known brands like Martin or Gibson or Fender. Someday they might be if the Element and Exotic series acoustic electric guitars they currently offer are any indication of what’s to come.

Mitchell makes several lines of guitars. In this review, I’ll concentrate on just the acoustic electric models in the Element series and the Exotic series. That makes a total of 4 guitars. Continue reading “Mitchell Acoustic Electric Guitars Review: See What Came In under the Radar”

Seagull S6 Acoustic Electric Guitars Review: Canadian Quality at a Good Price

Seagull S6 Spruce Sunburst GT
Seagull S6 Spruce Sunburst GT

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You may not be very familiar with the Seagull brand of guitars. I wasn’t, but I wish I had known about them sooner. They sound amazing, especially for the price. The Seagull S6 line of acoustic electric guitars seems like it was among the first, if not the original, line produced by Robert Godin back in 1982.

Here is a brief account of the origins of this brand as told on the Seagull website. Continue reading “Seagull S6 Acoustic Electric Guitars Review: Canadian Quality at a Good Price”

Fender Acoustic Electric Specialty Guitars Review: 4 Names You Need to Know

Fender Stratacoustic
Fender Stratacoustic

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Fender makes guitars. You knew that.

Fender makes very good guitars. You knew that too.

In this review, I’ll look at some Fender acoustic electric guitars that you could call specialty guitars, especially because they have special names. With apologies to Dana Carvey, now isn’t that special? Continue reading “Fender Acoustic Electric Specialty Guitars Review: 4 Names You Need to Know”

Yamaha Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $300 Reviews: Pick from Just a Few

Yamaha FSX800C guitar
Yamaha FSX800C guitar

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If you glance at the list (below) of Yamaha acoustic electric guitars that will be featured in this review, you would think at first that there are 6 models from which to choose. Technically, you would be correct, but there are really only 3 different styles there.

You can probably guess by looking at the first letter of each model why this is so. In this article then, I’ll group similar models together but still show you the differences among them. Continue reading “Yamaha Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $300 Reviews: Pick from Just a Few”

Ovation Acoustic Electric Guitars under $300: Not Many Choices, Sorta

Ovation Applause Balladeer
Ovation Applause Balladeer

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When I started looking for Ovation acoustic electric guitars under $300, I thought I had found a handful of models I could choose from. Unfortunately, it looks like some of them are no longer available (new). Of the several models I did find, they all boiled down to just two – the Applause Balladeer AB24II and the Applause Elite AE44II.

You can get more than one color of each Applause model, which is why it looked like there were more available originally. The Balladeer and the Elite don’t differ all that much from each other, so your options for an Ovation guitar under $300 aren’t all that great.

I’ll take a look at what you will be able to find and show you the differences among them in this review. Continue reading “Ovation Acoustic Electric Guitars under $300: Not Many Choices, Sorta”

Ibanez Acoustic Electric Guitars under $300 Review: Colorful Choices for Not a Lot of Cash

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Are you looking for a quality, inexpensive, acoustic electric guitar and want some variety in your color options? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The Ibanez acoustic electric guitars I’ll look at in this review should each be available for less than $300, and you will have 9 colors from which to choose.

I’ll look at 8 guitars here, which at first seems like a lot, but we can put 6 of them into two groups because they are very similar models. So in the end this will feel more like we’re comparing just 4 guitars instead of 8. Continue reading “Ibanez Acoustic Electric Guitars under $300 Review: Colorful Choices for Not a Lot of Cash”

5 Epiphone Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $300 Review: Nice Choices

Epiphone Hummingbird PRO
Epiphone Hummingbird PRO

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You may have heard that Epiphone (acoustic electric) guitars are less expensive versions of the pricey Gibsons. To a certain point, you could argue that that is true, but Epiphone guitars are really fine instruments in their own right. Cheaper than Gibsons, yes, but still of very high quality.

Even those Epiphones under $300 which I’ll examine here are among the best “beginner” acoustic electric guitars you can find today. There are at least 5 models that you should be able to get in this price range.

If you’re in a hurry and want to quickly check the pricing and availability of these five at Amazon, you can click the links in the list below. They are listed in no particular order. Continue reading “5 Epiphone Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $300 Review: Nice Choices”

Takamine Acoustic Electric Guitars under $500 Reviewed: Japanese 6-Stringed Delights

GD30CE
GD30CE

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Takamine has produced acoustic electric guitars in Japan since the 1960s. Their instruments are still highly regarded today. I’ll take a look at those models that you can normally get for under $500 in this review.

Takamine (pronounced, ta-ka-mee-nay) makes a wide range of guitars, but here we’ll concentrate on just their best acoustic electric guitars for less than $500. (I’ll cover some of the higher priced instruments in another article.)

If you are pressed for time and just want to check out the pricing and availability of the Takamine guitars in this review at Amazon, you can click the links in the list below. I know this list is longer than it should be for an article like this, but there are so many options in this price range that I just couldn’t decide which ones to leave out. Continue reading “Takamine Acoustic Electric Guitars under $500 Reviewed: Japanese 6-Stringed Delights”