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The 5 Guitar Blindfold Challenge | Which Acoustic Guitar Sounds Better?
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The 5 Acoustic Guitar Blindfold Challenge

(UPDATE! We have the reveal video on YouTube. Just click here to see it, and don't forget to subscribe to our channel while you are over there)

Welcome to another blindfold challenge! This time we took 5 popular guitars from 5 popular acoustic manufacturers, and are giving you the opportunity to hear them and see which one you like the best, without the pre-conceived ideas of tone that you may have from seeing the brand name.

Below are the 5 guitars in the video, along with links to see more details or pick one up for yourself.


Eastman E20D

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Eastman E20D Acoustic GuitarEastman E20D Acoustic Guitar

The iconic shape of the Dreadnought is synonymous with acoustic guitars in general. Big and bold, these cannons are perfect for ensemble settings where the guitar competes for sonic space with other instruments or accompanying strong singers. The Dreadnought is the classic flat-picking bluegrass instrument. This is one powerhouse guitar…. it will hold it’s one in any musical situation!


Martin HD-28

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Martin HD-28 Acoustic GuitarMartin HD-28 Acoustic Guitar

Iconic, powerful, timeless—the sound that launched rock, country, bluegrass, and folk.

Classic herringbone, East Indian rosewood, ebony and Sitka spruce in the shape that started it all: the Dreadnought. Paired with our most comfortable neck, vintage appointments, scalloped, forward-shifted bracing, and a lifetime warranty. Powerful bottom end, rich tone, and strums that will fill the room.

Taylor 814ce

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Taylor 814ce Acoustic GuitarTaylor 814ce Acoustic Guitar

Taylor’s popular 814ce now available with new V-Class bracing pattern.

The balance, warmth, and articulation are great for fingerstyle, it has enough punch as a strummer to front a band, and the top-end power will fuel lead runs without getting shrill. It’s a great choice for a gigging player looking for one guitar that can cover it all. The revoicing of the 800 Series has brought greater warmth, a more mature midrange, and a looser, more luxurious low end to the 814ce, thanks in part to the customized bracing and a new, custom-calibrated Elixir HD Light string-gauge set. Premium appointments include maple binding and back strip, rosewood top edge trim, a rosewood pickguard, Taylor’s new Element fretboard inlay in mother-of-pearl, a marbled fretboard, and new Expression System 2 acoustic electronics. The guitar features a Venetian cutaway and includes a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Yamaha LL6

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Yamaha LL6 ARE Acoustic GuitarYamaha LL6 ARE Acoustic Guitar

The LL6 A.R.E. offers many of Yamaha's exclusive features. The solid Engelmann Spruce top is treated with A.R.E., and together with a modified bracing design, the sound has become more powerful and loud while still maintaining excellent balance. To fit contemporary player's needs, the LL6 A.R.E. is equipped with a Zero-Impact Pickup, ready for performance or recording at any time without sacrificing its traditional look or full acoustic resonance.

Gibson J-45

Gibson J-45 Acoustics

The J-45 is Gibson's best-selling acoustic of all time. Nicknamed "The Workhorse" and first introduced in 1942, this iconic acoustic has become the cornerstone of its round-shoulder, dreadnought line. World-renowned for its full, balanced expression, warm bass and excellent projection, the J-45 has been refined to carry this legacy to new heights.



All very close, but I think guitar numbers 3 & 5 sounded better with number 5 as my pick of which guitar sounded the best with what sounded to me to be a deeper and more articulate tone.

I realize the time constraint, but it would be great to hear each guitar more than once. I sense each sound is subconsciously framed by the sound before and after leaving the two remaining guitars appropriately non-influencing. Excellent Demonstration!

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