THE RI­VALS

Guitarist - - Review -

Mar­tin doesn’t of­fer an equiv­a­lent elec­tro cut­away at this price but the OMC-35E, at £3,199, Orches­tra-size with Sitka spruce top and East In­dian rose­wood, gets you in the ball­park. It’s pow­ered by Fish­man’s Aura VT En­hance elec­tron­ics.

How about a Low­den Pierre Ben­su­san Sig­na­ture (ap­prox­i­mately £5,500)? A typ­i­cally su­perb sound­ing build that in­cludes an arm­rest, Adiron­dack spruce top, and Hon­duras rose­wood back and sides, but a pickup will cost more.

PRS’s small num­ber Pri­vate Stock acous­tics are hand-built to or­der (from £9,295) and are highly cov­eted by those that can af­ford‘em.They use a hy­brid X/clas­si­cal style brac­ing for a sub­tly dif­fer­ent voice beloved by sig­na­ture artists Mar­tin Simp­son, Tony McManus and Alex Life­son.

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