Six of the best: acoustic guitars for summer

12th Jun 2013 | 10:00

Six of the best: acoustic guitars for summer
Sigma SDM-15
£499

This Korean-made, solid- mahogany dreadnought-style electro-acoustic is an awful lot of guitar for the money. It’s also fitted with a Fishman Sonitone pickup as standard.

We said: “Simple beauty, sonic personality, fuss-free operation and great price – it’s very hard to find a downside here”

READ SIGMA SDM-15 REVIEW

Official Sigma website

Six of the best: acoustic guitars for summer
Martin GPCPA5K
£799

This Grand Performance-shaped, cutaway Performing Artist series electro-acoustic sports a koa- laminate body, Stratabond neck and Richlite fingerboard, and certainly deviates from the classic template. But it still bears the Martin name – which remains a byword for quality.

We said: “A capable all-rounder with good plugged-in performance, easy playability, a great neck and easy tone”

READ MARTIN GPCPA5K REVIEW

Official Martin website

Six of the best: acoustic guitars for summer
Mariner Capstan
£369

This bijou grand concert-sized, all- solid acoustic with classical-style slotted headstock has a crisply textured voice, and it’s very playable. The guitar is designed in the UK, but Chinese construction ensures good value, too.

We said: “Mariner is still a new name in the affordable market, but the Capstan is a fine fingerstyle-friendly performer”

READ MARINER CAPSTAN REVIEW

Official Mariner website

Six of the best: acoustic guitars for summer
Seagull Entourage Grand Rustic
£455

The parlour-size Entourage Grand Rustic may be diminutive, but its 14-frets-to-the-body design delivers a balanced, intimate voice, ideal for late-night, around- the-dinner-table sessions.

We said: “The Grand is virtually a travel guitar in size, but its full scale and balanced tonality are perfect for both home and recording use”

READ SEAGULL ENTOURAGE GRAND RUSTIC REVIEW

Official Seagull website

Six of the best: acoustic guitars for summer
Takamine EG50TH Anniversary
£550

This cutaway electro-acoustic dreadnought catches the eye with a decorated pickguard and ‘growing vine leaf’ mother-of- pearl fingerboard inlay. Sonically, it’s rich, with good depth and sustain, and a clear top-end.

We said: “A slice of the extraordinary, without the matching hiked price tag – an excellent all-rounder”

READ TAKAMINE EG50TH ANNIVERSARY REVIEW

Official Takamine website

Six of the best: acoustic guitars for summer
Vintage Paul Brett VE8000PB
£449

Based on the Weymann 12-string parlour acoustic belonging to collector Paul Brett, this six-string acoustic with Fishman Acoustic Matrix VT system is a seriously impressive guitar that’s great for blues and fingerpicking styles.

We said: “Its harmonic detail and sheer playability make it a superb fingerpicker, and an exceptional example of a parlour guitar”

READ VINTAGE PAUL BRETT VE8000PB REVIEW

Official Vintage website

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