Top 5 Acoustic Guitars of 2019

Top 5 Acoustic Guitars of 2019

A hollow box, a neck and six strings – you can’t change anything about a guitar, you think. But in detail there are improvements, innovations or the rediscovery of old treasures. And then there’s the look: options for finishes, colour and wood types. Here are 5 examples of what has happened this year in the acoustic guitar world…

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A Phoenix from the ashes: Gibson J-45 Studio Walnut Burst 2019

After the bankruptcy in 2018 many Gibson fans had already given up. Enough of that! With the J-45, among others, the traditional manufacturer is making an impressive comeback to the scene. The back, sides, fretboard and bridge are made of walnut in keeping with the current rosewood restrictions. This wood could take on the heritage of rosewood in almost every respect, and Gibson is far ahead in its usage. The shape and scale are in accordance with its own specifications, and the finish is flawless. Gibson has obviously rediscovered the joy of making guitars.


New on the scene: Taylor Builders Edition 717 WHB

And then there is a completely new development, because with the 717 Taylor launches a bevelled-edge dreadnought invented by Andy Powers, which is also equipped with a completely new V-Class bracing. Many additional ideas like adjustable neck angle or their own pickup system lift these (and other Taylors) directly into the 21st century, although the underlying “ideal” sound is about 100 years old. A great new idea can also be found in the neck, which has something like a combined profile: from a slight V shape to a nice round C shape at the higher registers.


Harley Benton Delta Blues MJCE

We can be proud of the fact that our own brand performs excellently, regardless of the sensational price. The Delta Blues MJCE is a completely straightforward and robust instrument with the “Mini Jumbo” body shape (which is actually a contradiction). And even though it is made of mixed woods, it can convince with its sound – and also visually . A built-in pickup completes this package. So if you’re looking for a handy and robust instrument that won’t let you down in the Mississippi Delta or the Mojave Desert – here it is.


A classic with a twist: La Mancha Granito 33-N-MB

Classical guitars have wide necks, light tops and dark bodies. Boring! With the La Mancha Granito we finally have a nylon string guitar of a different kind. With a width of 48 millimetres, the neck is much more comfortable than the usual classic neck, and the completely dark body, painted with a matte mahogany burst, is much more modern than the traditional “chiaroscuro” version. This way, learning to play the guitar is fun even for small hands and students who may have been impaired by tradition.

Yamaha FGX800C SDB

If there’s an unknown champion among guitar builders, it’s Yamaha. The company covers virtually every type of instrument and is one of the largest, if not the largest, manufacturers of instruments, all with a reputation for being indestructible workhorses. This is also true of the new FGX800C. The dreadnought with the bulky name scores with its chic sand burst look, solid spruce top for dynamic sound and built-in pickup system with tuner. No frills and guaranteed to last long.

What did you think of our Top 5 acoustic guitars of 2019? Would you add any others? Have you tried any of the ones we mentioned? What’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments! ✍️


For those who are interested in our Top 5 list from last year, check out the video below:

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Joe has been singing since he can remember and started playing guitar when he was 10. He's been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires musicians who create these in unique ways. Check out his alternative / indie projects Best of Feelings and Zef Raček.


    The Epiphone Dr500 Masterbilt should be in there , all solid woods , great electronics using the esonic mic piezo blend wrapped up in an immaculately built guitar . Oozes quality and tone . Great price point also .

    For mass produced instruments, I love Takemine for affordabilty, or Gibson and Taylor for their high quality

    I am sure these are all lovely. However, if you want a real quality acoustic guitar, check out Alistair Atkin guitars. Hand-built in the United Kingdom. They knock Martin and Collings into a cocked hat!

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