Gibson J-45 Progressive Acoustic Guitar
Quite possibly Gibson’s most famous acoustic guitar, the J-45 has been played by luminaries such as Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly and Woody Guthrie. A competitor to the early Martin dreadnaughts, the J-45 became a favourite amongst country, folk and rock players alike. With Gibson pushing some of their technological boundaries over the last few years, they’ve invigorated their 2016 J-45 (also adding the ‘Progressive’ moniker to the name) - let’s see what’s under the hood.
Cordoba Luthier Series GK Pro Maple
Cordoba has little standing in their way when it comes to nylon string acoustic guitars. The Spanish manufacturer, founded in 1997, prides itself on local craftsmanship with an extensive range that offers modernised varieties of the classic flamenco guitar. With traditional construction and live performance in mind, the Luthier Series GK Pro Maple is a guitar that reinvigorates the age-old body of the flamenco guitar with exceptional design and responsive playability. A welcomed addition to the original GK Pro, and follow up to the GK Pro Negra, it rounds out the series by offering a brighter tone and a little more bite.
Maton 70th Anniversary 808
More from the range of Maton 70th Anniversary guitars, and this time another favourite shape from their line that’s been given a little special treatment to help celebrate the big seven zero. Whilst the dreadnaught has long been a staple for acoustic builders all over the world, there is also a huge demand for smaller bodied instruments that can still handle gigging, recording and everything in between. Maton’s 808 shape is one of their answers and has always been a hit amongst the guitar playing population, so it’s good to see it too getting the 70th razzle dazzle.
Cordoba Fusion Series 12-Natural
The Cordoba 12-Natural is the hallmark guitar of its Fusion Series, aimed at bridging the gap between nylon and steel string guitars. Its crossover design captures the make and tone of a classical guitar, with an appealing feel and a responsive output for guitarists of the steel string persuasion. This particular model is a full-bodied and generally smooth introduction into the world of nylon strings from one of its leading manufacturers.
Maton 70th Anniversary Dreadnought
Maton’s 70th anniversary of building guitars in Australia marks a significant date for the company that is now recognised around the world with a long list of players and endorsers from all corners of the globe. From small beginnings with Bill May as a manufacturer and repairer through to now, running a world class factory that employs over 60 staff and expanding their line of guitars, basses and ukuleles, the Maton brand is an iconic part of the Australian guitar landscape. How fitting then to celebrate this milestone with a series of guitars utilising features both old and new.
Collings MF Mandolin
Bill Collings has always had a fascination with guitars and engineering. Early guitar builds in the mid 1970s on his kitchen table quickly turned into more serious instrument making in the south of California in the mid 1980s and 1989 saw him open his first production space. 1992 signalled the move into a bigger premises just outside Austin, all the while players such as Lyle Lovett, Pete Townshend and Joni Mitchell were playing his instruments. The Collings name continued to build momentum and by the mid 2000s Bill had 40 plus employees, a substantial production shop and a worldwide reputation. Guitars, Mandolins and Ukuleles are the main fare, and whilst we haven’t seen a lot of Collings instruments in this country, lately that has started to change.
Blueridge Br 73 acoustic guitar
Blueridge offer a range of acoustic guitars from dreadnaughts and jumbos down to smaller sized OM and 000 models. Over the last few years they’ve made quite a name for themselves with their retro inspired models looking, sounding and playing the part at more than affordable prices. Sitting at the top of their ‘contemporary’ series we find the BR 73 000, a small bodied option for everything from strumming and open chord sing alongs to more intricate fat picking and improvising.
Taylor 110ce Acoustic Guitar
There’s more Taylor goodness in this issue with another dreadnaught ftting into the mid-priced semi acoustic market. Whilst Taylor boast a range of top end models, they’ve also endeared themselves to the more wallet friendly buyers with some slightly less decorated guitars that still retain the Taylor design thoughts and production methods. One such guitar is the 110ce.