Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Front Porch

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Front Porch

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Get your act in gear. Get gear into your act. This December issue features a year-end roundup of many of the guitars, amps, pickups, tuners, and other gear covered during 2016 in the pages of Acoustic Guitar, as well as a few things AG couldn't squeeze in along the way. For acoustic guitarists, there were instruments at every price point, for every player, and every style and every situation-beginners, enthusiasts, pros, collectors, we've got you covered. One of the trends this year was the thriving market in what AG calls "budget beauties," guitars under $600. According to music-trade sources, the average cost of an acoustic guitar is $480. Many of those are designed in the United States and manufactured in China, South Korea, Indonesia, and other Pacific Rim nations. For some, the Made-in-China label is a deal breaker, but for the cost-conscious consumer, these instruments can provide playability, good woods, rigorous construction, and, in some cases, reliable electronics (check out the $200 Bristols on p. 86). If you break free of your biases-after all, an allsolid wood US-made acoustic for under $1,000 is a rarity (I'd like to hear about it)-then these budget beauties are well worth an audition at your local music store.

In other gear news, longtime contributor and master luthier Dana Bourgeois has hung up his pen (okay, his keyboard). After three years as AG's resident Guitar Guru, Dana has decided to focus more of his attention on his shop in Lewiston, Maine. I want to extend a heartfelt thanks for his insightful work. …

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