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Player’s Choice Awards 2014: Guitar of the Year!

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Martin, Taylor and Eastman were all voted to be winners in the 2014 Player’s Choice Awards – Guitar of The Year. Here at Acoustic Vibes we stock all three of those guitars as well as a hefty handful of the winning accessories and toys below – so give us a call! PLUS, Steve Kaufman (who won the silver medal for Music Camps and Workshops) comes to our shop every year at the end of January for a 3 day workshop and concert – It’s something you don’t want to miss out on! Fair warning, seats fill up fast.

Countless makes and models were mentioned during the voting for the 2014 Player’s Choice Awards—but only a handful of guitars were in competition for the coveted Guitar of the Year award. Here are the Big Three:

GUITAR OF THE YEAR
Gold: Martin D-28
Silver: Taylor 814CE
Bronze: Eastman E10D

And that’s not all, folks! Not only are all 16 Player’s Choice Award winners in AcousticGuitar.com’s guitar categories viewable here, but the PCA’s wouldn’t be what they are without AG readers’ weighing in on accessories, sound systems, and educational resources. Check out the winners in those categories below:

AMPLIFIERS
Whether in the smallest coffee house or on the biggest stage, no performer can go without a vibrant, full-range sound
Gold: Fishman
Silver: Fender
Bronze: AER

STAND-ALONE PREAMPS
Boost your pickup, add EQ, battle feedback—often all at the same time
Gold: LR Baggs
Silver: Fishman
Bronze: Radial Engineering

PA SYSTEMS
Make sure they hear you in the back row with a balanced system that properly encompasses the room
Gold: Bose
Silver: Mackie
Bronze: Yamaha

UNDERSADDLE PICKUPS
These transducers are the norm for amplifying a flattop—whether as factory installed equipment or after-sale add-ons
Gold: LR Baggs
Silver: Fishman
Bronze: DiMarzio

MAGNETIC SOUNDHOLD PICKUPS
Easy to install in a steel-string flattop’s soundhole, their convenience is matched by a warm tone and ability to capture nuance in a guitar’s sound
Gold: LR Baggs
Silver: Fishman
Bronze: Seymour Duncan

COMPUTER RECORDING SYSTEMS
The days of the 8-track are over—your laptop is the recording studio of the 21st century
Gold: Apple
Silver: Avid
Bronze: PreSonus

MICROPHONES
Whether for singing, recording or amplifying your guitar on stage, you only sound as good as your microphone
Gold: Shure
Silver: Neumann
Bronze: Sennheiser

STEEL STRINGS
Whether it’s the warm, airy tones of phosphor, or the bright sound of bronze—steel strings have been the staple of acoustic guitars since the turn of the 20th century
Gold: D’Addario
Silver: Elixir
Bronze: Ernie Ball
 
NYLON STRINGS
In the tradition of 19th century Spanish luthier Antonio de Torres, these soft synthetic strings are a favorite among classical, flamenco, and quite a few jazz guitarists
Gold: D’Addario
Silver: Martin
Bronze: Ernie Ball

EFFECTS
Reverb, distortion, compression, delay—nothing enhances your sound like putting the “peddle” to the metal
Gold: BOSS
Silver: Line 6
Bronze: DigiTech

ELECTRONIC TUNERS
Nothing saves valuable playing time like a trusty gizmo to help you get to “low E”
Gold: Snark
Silver: Korg
Bronze: BOSS

CASES
Whether packing it for your tour bus, or (heaven forbid) storing it in your garage, it pays to protect your guitar from the unforgiving elements
Gold: Fender
Silver: Gibson
Bronze: Gator

CAPOS
Stay in key—any key, in fact—with these simple string-clutching devices
Gold: G7th
Silver: Kyser
Bronze: Shubb

OTHER ACCESSORIES
There’s no shortage of cool doodads and thingamajigs for the guitar-accessory junkie in all of us
Gold: Dunlop
Silver: Fender
Bronze: D’Addario Planet Waves

MUSIC CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS
Few methods of guitar training can equal the old mainstay—play with other developing musicians, while learning from the masters
Gold: Berklee Guitar Sessions
Silver: Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps
Bronze: Guitar Workshop Plus

ONLINE GUITAR RESOURCE
The information superhighway has become a one-stop-shop for excellent ax instruction
Gold: Guitar Tricks
Silver: Jam Play
Bronze: Justin Guitar

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL
From the chords to “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” to a note-for-note transcription of Van Halen’s “Eruption,” the secrets to your favorite songs are only a strum away…
Gold: Guitar Tricks
Silver: Hal Leonard
Bronze: Legacy Learning Systems

For more 2014 Player’s Choice Award winners, check out AcousticGuitar.com.
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*Disclaimer: Acoustic Vibes Music, Inc does not own and did not produce any of this information. All information in this blog was found at www.acousticguitar.com*

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