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SECTOR SPOTLIGHT Acoustics Yamaha


Yamaha’s A Series features new neck profiles, aesthetics and rich dynamic tones. The AC3R is a concert-size guitar with cutaway body. The top is solid sitka spruce with a solid rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard and it features an SRT system63 modelling preamp. The firm has also developed SRT – a pickup and pre-amp system capable of delivering natural, studio-quality acoustic guitar tone. Sounds that were, until now, only attainable by professional recording engineers using expensive vintage microphones in world-class acoustic spaces can now be recreated by any player, on stage or in the studio (£848). All A Series guitars are supplied with Yamaha branded Hiscox cases.


Guild


The Arcos AD-3 dreadnought (£598.80) features Guild’s signature arched-back body design, with a solid Sitka spruce top, laminated mahogany sides and arched back. It also boasts a satin-finish mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard with larger medium jumbo frets for improved playability. The koa rosette, pearl inlays and


rosewood headcap plus features such as a bone nut and saddle, hand- rubbed satin finish, dual-action truss rod and bolt-on neck construction round it off. A Guild lightweight polyfoam case is also included.


Faith Guitars


The Patrick James Eggle designed Faith Guitars have become a staple in the mid- price acoustic guitar sector with their range of all-solid, quality instruments. There are four distinct series featuring a range of common shapes. The latest addition to the range is the Trembesi series. With solid Indonesian Trembesi on the back and sides, the resulting tone is brighter than mahogany yet a little more woody than rosewood.


The stand-out model in the range is the Neptune Cutaway Electro – FNCETB (£729) – combining modern looks with classic tonal warmth.


Tanglewood


There are a number of models from Tanglewood in the £500-plus price range. The TSM 2 comes in a grand auditorium shape with a solid spruce top, mahogany neck, back and sides, rosewood veneer on the headstock and ebony fingerboard. It retails for around £1359.95.


In the Heritage range, the TW15H dreadnought is £699.95 for a spruce top with mahogany neck back and sides, along with ebony fingerboard. The TW45H SRE is spruce topped with rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard and a Fishman Sonitone EQ, retailing at £1119.95. The Sundance range has the £699.95 Super Folk with all- mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, with a Fishman Presys Plus EQ fitted. The TW40D ANE has a spruce top, mahogany neck, back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and a Fishman Sonitine EQ system. It retails for around £569.95.


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The Blueridge BR-162 OOO retails at around £749. It features a solid sitka spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in an authentic forward X-pattern; solid Indian rosewood back and sides; herringbone top inlay and back centre stripe, 000 body style with a 12th-fret body joint; mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod, rosewood bridge, rosewood peghead overlay adorned with a unique mother-of-pearl and abalone and vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons.


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