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Guild Guitar Review-Westerly Collection


In this Guild Guitar Review we are going to take you back to the golden era of Guild Guitars. With a new series of all solid acoustic guitars.

The artist line up to play these guitars is very impressive. With guitarist such as: Barry Gibb, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Jeff Buckley, Jerry Garcia, Slash, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the list goes on.

There must be a reason why so many guitarist have played Guild Guitars.Lets find out why! Continue reading


ESP Tombstone Review – Acoustic Electric Guitars That Rock

Product: ESP Tombstone Review
Price: $641.00 (retail)
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 4 of 5 Starz



 Tombstone J-430E NAT Acoustic Guitar, Product Overview

Set-Neck Construction
25.5” Scale
Mahogany Neck
Rosewood Body
Sitka Spruce Top
Rosewood Fingerboardmusic-art
Thin U Neck Contour
Jumbo Frets
Gold Hardware
LTD Tuners
Fishman Sonicore
Onboard Tuner
Rosewood Bridge w/Graphtech Nubone Saddle

When talking guitars you can’t leave ESP out of the equation, as they have been building the ultimate in Rock guitars for years now.

For those of us who own these guitars know the quality of these instruments. From day one they have built custom guitars right off the line.

A few years ago they released a Signature Series Tombstone GL-J2E for George Lynch with great amazonsuccess.
ESP Guitars unveils at NAMM 2015 its new line of Tombstone Acoustic Electric Guitars.

For us players that like a jumbo size acoustic guitar, the J-430E NAT is going to be a perfect fit for us.
The Tombstone J-430E NAT comes in a High Gloss Finish with Fishman lsys+ preamp.

Because of the neck design when your playing these acoustic guitars it feels as though your playing an electric guitar with an acoustic sound.

Quality Thats Playable Doesn’t Have to Cost

From the beginning ESP Guitars has been making affordable quality guitars for everyone. In every build you get the quality of a higher end guitar at a very affordable cost.

I can remember when playing an affordable guitar meant that you had to put up with a lot of acoustic-guitar-playerloss of quality.But not the Tombstone line, you can hear the quality.

Tombstone offers all their customers quality that is usually associated with more expensive acoustic guitars.

With you in mind you get a good sounding acoustic guitar.


Product: Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus, Review
Price: $749.50 (retail)
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 2 of 5 Starz



Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus, Product Overview

Body Finish: Gloss
Bracing: Quartersawn Scalloped X
Body Back: Lyrachord
Scale: 25.25
Fingerboard: Rosewoodmusic-art-2
Fingerboard Radius: 10”
Number of Frets: 20
Special Electronics: OP-4BT with Ovation SlimLine Pickup
Tuners: Gold Die-Cast
Strings: D’Addario EXP11 Coated 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic

Back in 1966 Charles Kaman introduced to the acoustic guitar industry his space age design for acoustic guitars.

The Ovation came with a composite-body or rounded backend. And so was released the amazonBalladeer model.
For those that don’t know Charles Kaman he was an engineer from the aeronautics industry.

Using this technology he created a great sounding acoustic guitar. Which attracted many guitarists of the day.
One of which was Glen Campbell as well as a host of others that followed him.

Today Ovation still builds its high end Adamas model acoustic here in US at its New Hartford Factory.

Some Final Thoughts

jack-blackIn 2011 to make these guitars more affordable to the players in the market Ovation introduced the Elite models.

These were built over in the Asian factories, that way they would be able to fill a void where by making these guitars more affordable to those who wanted acoustics on a budget.

For the most part Ovation has done exactly that for many players it is a good thing. But we did loose quality in that move.

I own an Adamas (higher end) and that guitar is an impressive sounding guitar, tonality is good and it plays easy.

My son wanted to play guitar and he wanted an Ovation so I got him the Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus.
After playing it,I can tell you that this acoustic guitar is not anything like my Adamas. The only commonality it has is name.

So I think they failed in trying to build a cost effective acoustic guitar especially when they compromised the quality so much.


Ovation Celebrity Elite                                                                ESP Tombstone J-430E NAT


In my humble opinion whether your a beginner or an advanced player, you could do far worse than with any of these two acoustic guitars.

Quality can mean a whole lot of things to different people but in the end its playability and tonality that count the most. The quality of tone and sound you can hear for yourself.

And to that end I have to give it to the gods of rock guitars ESP and their new Tombstone J-430E NAT Acoustic Electric Guitar.

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American Made Acoustic Guitars – When it Matters

In my quest to find us good quality guitars to look at I have literally found them in just about american-made-acoustic-guitarsevery country on the planet.

Quality we do have some American Made Acoustic Guitars that we can really boast about.

No we’re not talking the main stream builders here in the US. Instead in this post, what we’re looking at will be an acoustic guitar crafted by a smaller independent Master Luthier right here in our own state of Oregon.

Today we are going to take a look at a Kraut Guitar, Model OM #41. Raymond Kraut is the Master Luthier behind this beautiful instrument and as far as American Made Acoustic Guitars go, I think it’s up there with the best guitars crafted in the world. Continue reading