Music moves all of us to do sometimes amazing feats. It can inspire moral action, build courage to face an implacable foe or even bring us closer to the almighty God. What it should not do is cost you an arm, leg and naming rights to your first male born child. There are a number of well crafted acoustic electric guitars on the market to choose from just depending on your taste. Whether you are searching for something to pick around the house or an axe for sold out arenas, there is something for every music lover.
Ovation Elite 1778TX-5 Acoustic Electric Guitar
You get what you pay for’ comes to mind, but that does not necessarily mean something negative. The Ovation Elite is of Korean design and like most things there is made of efficient lightweight composite material. The maple neck is preferred by many rock artists but does not feature any inlays. The overall appearance is slick and provides for a sweet tonal sound, even when not plugged in.
Taylor 100 Series 2014 150e Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar
Pro: Makes blues musicians happy
Con: Possible setup problems
This natural beauty is perhaps the Taylor answer to affordable musical demands. Double the strings at almost half the price. For those needing a release’ through jamming sessions this model takes a pounding and maintains pristine conditions. Most pieces come ready to play out of the box. There are some instances where there is some tuning and setup that needs to be done. The model can be temperamental to those not professionally qualified. The Taylor 100 series neck is optimal for country, blues, folk style players.
Martin Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought
Known as the working guitarist’s choice the Martin Road Series has long had a reputation for delivering a lot of guitar at modest prices. This is the rebirth of the series launched in 2001. This model stands heads and shoulders above its predecessor the Martin DXME. It seems that Martin has found that magical middle ground where quality and cost effectiveness meet. This series still produces rich round sounds despite a smaller neck. So those with large hands beware, everyone else happy playing.
Gretsch G100CE Synchromatic
Pro: Bright sound
Con: High bridge
This spruce and maple dream is a throwback to the dance jazz filed days of the 1940s. The chrome tailpiece is a nice juxtapose to the Florence style cutaway. Another nod to the 40s is the decidedly overall Art Deco style of the instrument. Floaty excited tones is the highlight of this craft.
Ovation AX Series 2078AX-5
The Ovation AX newest model has been hailed as one of the most ergonomic acoustic guitars of this generation. The sculpted body was redesigned for maximum comfort for players whether practicing at home or in a performance position for hours at a time. The deep bowl creates a rich tone that even the most discerning musician would be hard pressed to find issue with.
Eastman AC422CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway
Pro: Fine crafted body
Con: AC20 Amp not user friendly
Chinese designed, but handcrafted in the U.S.A. While the size is a bit smaller than comparable cutaways of the Venetian style it does not impact sound quality. The heirloom mahogany body is painstakingly crafted and intended to last for generations. The only setback is the preamp settings are not easily modified. Rather most control functions can only be changed on the line amplifier.
Takamine Pro Series 1 P1DC Dreadnought Body Acoustic Electric Guitar
Pro: Modular preamp, excellent noise reduction
Con: Less than durable access points
If acoustic electric guitars were currency the Takamine Dreadnought series would be Fort Knox. The smooth sounds generated by three wood types (Cedar, Rosewood and Sapele) are bar none. Easy for novice and professional players alike. Noise cancellation and line signal development are among the best in the industry, running off a single 9-volt battery. According to specifications one premium battery can provide more than 250 hours. That could easily result in 100 sets before you have to change batteries.