WhAT'S THE BEST ACOUSTIC GUITAR FOR SINGERS?

WHAT'S THE BEST ACOUSTIC GUITAR FOR SINGERS?

Selecting the right song for your voice might seem instinctual to many singer-songwriters, but what about the right guitar?

Acoustic Guitar Specialist Karl Neurauter demonstrates how different tonewoods and body shapes frame your voice, using a Gibson J-45 Vintage Red Spruce/Mahogany, Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka Spruce/Indian Rosewood, Santa Cruz Custom Dreadnought Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo, Taylor K14ce Builder’s Edition Sitka Spruce/Koa, and “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness,” a track from songwriting master John Prine’s 1986 album, German Afternoons.

SHOP THE GUITARS USED IN THIS DEMO

Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model
Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model
Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model
Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model
Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model
Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model
Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model
Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model
Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model
Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model

Gibson Montana J-45 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst (Serial #13499005) Floor Model

$3,995.00
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Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)
Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)
Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)
Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)
Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)
Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)
Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)
Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)
Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)
Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)

Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Sitka/Koa Kona Burst (Serial #1201300098)

$4,999.00
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Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)
Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)
Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)
Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)
Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)
Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)
Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)
Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)
Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)
Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)

Collings 002H Traditional 12-Fret Sitka/Rosewood Natural w/1 3/4" Nut (Serial #30450)

$5,725.00
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Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)
Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)
Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)
Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)
Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)
Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)
Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)
Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)
Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)
Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)

Santa Cruz Custom D Model Adirondack Spruce/Cocobolo w/Cocobolo Rosette (Serial #D7524)

$8,325.00
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GIBSON MONTANA J-45 VINTAGE

The J-45, a classic slope-shoulder dreadnought, has been Gibson’s central acoustic workhorse for over seven decades. This particular Custom Shop model replicates vintage “Banner” J-45s, highly sought-after collectibles known for their unique design and careful construction, and has a baked Adirondack spruce top, mahogany back, and mahogany sides for full, balanced tone and rich low end.

COLLINGS 002H TRADITIONAL 12-FRET

Constructed with a Sitka spruce top and rosewood back and sides, this 12-fret Collings 002H parlor-style guitar has a smaller body shape and tighter waist bout, qualities generally thought to pair best with solo fingerpickers, not singers. Karl disagrees.

SANTA CRUZ CUSTOM DREADNOUGHT

Santa Cruz designed this pre-war dreadnought to accentuate the midrange and treble, without altering the dreadnought’s natural bass response. A tall order, but because it’s Santa Cruz, it works, and the Adirondack spruce top and cocobolo back and sides sing with remarkable, yet undisruptive, clarity.

TAYLOR K14CE BUILDER'S EDITION

Taylor’s V-Class bracing boosts the volume across the entire tonal spectrum in this Grand Auditorium, constructed with an Adirondack spruce top and koa back and sides. But like most Taylors, each note of the K14ce’s bright, brilliant tone blends in perfect accompaniment, just as intended.

SHOP ACOUSTIC GUITARS

Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Pre-Order
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Pre-Order
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Pre-Order
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Pre-Order

Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Pre-Order

$1,399.00
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Pre-Order
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Pre-Order
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Pre-Order
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Pre-Order

Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Pre-Order

$1,599.00
Recording King Tricone Metal Body Guitar w/Round Neck
Recording King Tricone Metal Body Guitar w/Round Neck
Recording King Tricone Metal Body Guitar w/Round Neck
Recording King Tricone Metal Body Guitar w/Round Neck
Recording King Tricone Metal Body Guitar w/Round Neck
Recording King Tricone Metal Body Guitar w/Round Neck
Recording King Tricone Metal Body Guitar w/Round Neck
Recording King Tricone Metal Body Guitar w/Round Neck

Recording King Tricone Metal Body Guitar w/Round Neck

$949.99
Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)
Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)
Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)
Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)
Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)
Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)
Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)
Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)
Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)
Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)

Gibson Montana Southern Jumbo Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21280021)

$2,999.00
Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)
Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)
Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)
Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)
Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)
Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)
Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)
Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)
Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)
Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)

Gibson Montana '50s LG-2 Original Vintage Sunburst (Serial #21620034)

$2,499.00
Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)
Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)
Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)
Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)
Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)
Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)
Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)
Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)
Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)
Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)

Taylor Builder's Edition 912ce Grand Concert Lutz Spruce/Rosewood Natural ES2 (Serial #1208260080)

$5,299.00
Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)
Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)
Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)
Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)
Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)
Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)
Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)
Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)
Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)
Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)

Taylor 912ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Sitka/Rosewood (Serial #1208270088)

$4,999.00
Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)
Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)
Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)
Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)
Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)
Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)
Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)
Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)
Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)
Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)

Taylor K24ce Grand Auditorium Shaded Edgeburst ES2 (Serial #1209020144)

$4,999.00
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)
Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)

Gibson Montana Custom Shop Historic Reissue 1960 Hummingbird, Fixed Bridge Heritage Cherry Sunburst (Serial #22460047)

$4,999.00
Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED

Yamaha Red Label FGX3 Natural w/Atmosfeel Pickup System & Hard Bag USED

$950.00
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED
Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED

Yamaha Red Label FS3 Natural w/Hard Bag USED

$790.00
Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013
Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013
Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013
Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013
Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013
Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013
Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013
Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013
Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013
Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013

Fender Sonoran SCE Black 2013

$250.00

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