Guitars, or some variation on them, have been popular around the world and down throughout the ages. Electric guitars are simply a new take on an old idea – one that is unlikely to go out of style any time soon. Someone who can play the guitar is instantly more interesting to us; we start to see the artistic potential inherent in their abilities almost immediately. This isn’t the same for every other artistic pursuit; a talented guitar player almost seems to wield a certain, special kind of magic in our eyes.
Guitar reviews in 2016 is where our attention is at today. Let’s face it; a lot depends upon reviews, and just how well-informed a reviewer is. Taking electric guitars, for example: there’s an awful lot of material out there. You can’t base such a substantial purchase decision on the reviews of a single individual, one who has taken nobody else’s experiences into account… right? You want to make a decision, as with any important action, based upon information from multiple reliable sources.
We put the following list of three electric and acoustic-electric guitars together based upon a lot of blogs and online reviews. We’re one source, granted… but I like to think that we’ve simply done most of the legwork that you would have had to do anyway, on your behalf. The items on this list were each carefully considered, and for the stated reasons we feel like you could do much worse than to pick up one of these lovelies… if that’s what you’re going for. On that note, let us know what you think about our choices – and what you might have picked to go on this list, instead!
Gibson 2016 Hummingbird Vintage Acoustic Guitar
To call a Gibson something special is like calling sliced dinner rolls the best thing since sliced bread: they’re kind of the same thing, they appear in close proximity, and it’s more or less a given. Gibson introduced the counterculture of the 1960s to an entirely new sound, and it hasn’t stopped making beautiful music ever since. The Hummingbird led the way then, too; today’s version is true to the classic appearance of the instrument, and it maintains the same smooth, rich melody for which Gibson has always been known. It’s also received a few new upgrades, such as being crafted from the use of artificially aged high-quality woods, with the assistance of a major university. If anything, the new Hummingbird is even better than the original, well worth the steep price placed upon it.
Gibson Flying V 2016 Electric Guitar
Another Gibson, but it’s only fitting. Gibson is coming out with a wide variety of new and upgraded models for the coming year, and some of them are truly extraordinary. The Flying V is beloved by a number of heavy, modern music enthusiasts – people catering to heavy metal, death metal, thrash, 80s hair metal, and other forms of hard, loud, and jarring music that nevertheless manages to carry with it a certain kind of beauty, grace, and certainly style. The unique body design of Gibson’s 2016 Flying V allows for truly unrivaled play throughout the upper register, thanks to its unparalleled neck access; other strengths include a thicker fretboard than earlier Flying V models, for added sustained warmth to the guitar’s tone.
Fender Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster Olympic
James. Marshal. Hendrix. The man who made the Stratocaster famous, who popularized the electric guitar, and whose talented fingering has yet to be matched by any other artist since his untimely death. Like as with so many artists taken from us before we were ready to let them go, we have clung wholeheartedly to Jimi’s legacy, but the result has at least in part been positive. Upholding standards drawn from Jimi’s talented performances has led to innovative, even revolutionary changes in design which have, at the same time, worked hard to keep certain traditional values intact – and all without “selling out.” Thus cries the new Stratocaster from Fender: “Purple haze!” it cries. “Put a spell on me!” And something about a thief, and a joker… We don’t necessarily know what it all means. But we know that we like it more than anything we’ve ever heard since.