9. Sigma GMC-STE+
The Total Guitar/MusicRadar Best in guitars 2018 polls received an astonishing 126,000 votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the guitarists and guitar gear that have excelled in 2018. Here, we present the best new acoustic guitars of 2018. First up we have the Sigma GMC-STE+...
We say: The performance of this guitar further strengthens this company’s commitment to its founding values.
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8. Auden Austin
We say: At this price, it’s hard to find fault with a deftly executed 12-string that seems tailored to win converts from the electric guitar world.
That playability will bring out your inner Leo Kottke in seconds - we ended up recording with it the day it arrived. This is a guitar that feels like it has a lot of songs in it, and that’s a fine thing.
7. Yamaha CSF3M
We say: The performance and build rise above any niche concept and it could be an instrument you keep returning to both at home and away, albeit something you may treasure too much to risk denting at that campfire sing-along.
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6. Fender California Series Newporter Player
We say: A contemporary electro in looks, sound and playability. We like the comfortable slim-taper neck and bright tonality. This is a great choice for electric players switching to acoustic.
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5. PRS SE TX20E
We say: This bird-decorated beauty has a well-deserved lofty perch in the affordable electro-acoustic pecking order.
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4. Gibson Montana Hummingbird 2018
We say: Gibson has boatloads of expertise built into a stalwart of the guitar world to breathe fresh life into the Hummingbird.
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3. Martin Reimagined OM-28
We say: A year short of 90 years on and Martin has brought the OM bang up to date, with a combination of player-focused upgrades and some of the vintage-accurate appointments we crave.
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2. Faith Patrick James Eggle Legacy Mars
We say: A fantastically well-made guitar, this is a superb all-rounder with a big voice.
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Winner: Taylor Builder's Edition V-Class K14CE
We say: V-Class, Builder’s Edition? Get used to those terms. Taylor has just upped the ante. Considerably.
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