Acoustic Guitars

Tweaking Your Guitar to Match Your Music and Personal Style

Your guitar is an extension of your style. Swapping strings, pickups or refinishing your off-the-rack guitar can help project that style.

Vintage Value: 7 Ways to Decide if Your Guitar’s a Treasure or Just a Keepsake

Wondering about the value of that old guitar? Here are some ideas to help you decide if it’s worth appraising or if your guitar’s value is mostly sentimental.

Tuning Triage: Tips & Tricks for Getting Into Tune Fast and Easily

Being able to quickly and accurately tune a guitar is one of the hallmarks of an experienced musician. Learn how to sharpen your tuning skills.

Resonator Guitar Buying Guide

How to choose a resonator guitar that matches your budget and music.

Seven Online Guitar Tuners Rated

We look at a handful of virtual guitar tuners and compare their capabilities with real, hardware-based units.

Acoustic Guitar Amplifier Buying Guide

How to choose the right acoustic guitar amp to match your budget and the venues you play

Tech Tip: The Care and Feeding of Your Acoustic Guitar

Martin experts offer advice on how to keep your acoustic guitar in great condition, maintain playability and correctly install a new set of strings

Behind the Brand: Yvonne de Villiers of Luna Guitars

Luna designer Yvonne de Villiers (R) and her mother, Hilda, who as longtime pro bassist exerted a powerful influence that led to Yvonne’s involvement in instrument design.

Infusing instruments with the aesthetics of a seasoned artist

Tech Tip: Tonewoods and How They Affect Your Guitar’s Sound

Discover how the sonic character of various wood types helps shape the sound of acoustic and electric guitars

While My iPhone Gently Weeps: Choosing Guitars and Supporting Tools

A group of seasoned musicians weigh in on strategies to find the perfect guitar, amp, or effects and the iOS apps that can help make you a better guitarist.

Should New Guitarists Go Acoustic or Electric?

Four things to consider before you buy your first guitar

Tech Tip: Home Setup of Your Acoustic Guitar

How to adjust that old beater acoustic guitar for the best balance between playability and sound

The Best Guitars for Beginners

How to choose the right acoustic or electric guitar to match the new player’s musical focus and your budget.

The Makers: Bob Taylor and Andy Powers of Taylor Guitars

Musician’s Friend Private Reserve Guitars recently spoke with Taylor Guitars co-founder Bob Taylor and his master luthier Andy Powers. Together, this pair drives a dynamic and innovative guitar-building juggernaut that continues to raise the bar in the world of modern luthiery.

Martin Custom Sinker Mahogany Dreadnought: Crafted with Rare Wood Retrieved from the Depths

The huge projection and reverberant bass notes that pour out of the Martin Custom Sinker Mahogany Dreadnought are largely the result of the extraordinary wood used for the back and sides. But before we get to the guitar itself, the story behind that mahogany is a fascinating one worth telling.

Guitar Value Package Buying Guide

A guitar value package that includes all the the right accessories can be a great choice for beginning guitarists. They’re not only budget-friendly but also let you get started playing right out of the box. Read on to learn how to choose the right electric or acoustic guitar value pack for your music and budget.

Taylor PS10e Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric

This week’s featured Private Reserve Guitars selection represents the highest levels of luthiery and is crafted with some the most lavish woods available. A part of Taylor’s top-of-the-line Presentation Series, the PS10E spares nothing where appointments are concerned. From the meticulously crafted “Nouveau” paua abalone inlay on the fingerboard to the breathtakingly figured cocobolo back and sides, this is an instrument intended for the most discriminating collector. African ebony binding and extensive paua shell appointments speak to its no-compromise cosmetics.

Lefty Guitarists: Not Left Out!

We lefties, as a people, have suffered perilously under the yoke of the right-handed scissor, the can opener, and of course the dreaded spiral notebook. It's too often that we find the odds stacked against us. Luckily, we can take a little solace in the knowledge that we are in good company. Lefties are to be found among notable scientists, world leaders and other luminaries, but especially in terms of left-handed guitarists. Some big names that are famous for shredding licks southpaw style are Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Billy Elliot Easton, and Tony Iommi. Heck even Justin Bieber plays guitar lefty—oh wait, I said "good company."

The J-45 Standard Acoustic: Gibson's True Workhorse

Martin Custom 000-14 Cocobolo with Flamed Mahogany Wedge

This week’s featured instrument is an outcome of the ongoing close collaboration between Private Reserve Guitars and the Martin Custom Shop in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Our buying team works closely with the shop to find instruments that are especially noteworthy, based on their performance characteristics and appearance.

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