With a signature model acoustic-electric guitar, you can benefit from the knowledge and experience of your favorite guitar legend. Good things happen when manufacturers team up with artists and use their expert feedback to design guitars that live up to their demanding tastes and individual styles. If you want to look and sound like one of the world's best guitarists, picking up an instrument built to their specifications is a great place to start.
Like all acoustic-electric guitars, these signature models are versatile enough to play anywhere. In a large venue, plug the guitar into your favorite amp to project your sound to every corner of the space. In a recording studio, connect directly to the mixer for pristine-quality recordings without the need for a microphone. Playing a small acoustic gig or entertaining your buddies at a party? No problem—when they're not plugged in, these signature model guitars behave just like any acoustic.
Naturally, acoustic sounds depend on the guitar's tonewoods, and each artist has picked out their favorite materials for their signature model. For example, Brad Paisley's Gibson is based on a 1942 J-45 model, so it's got an Adirondack red spruce top with solid mahogany back and sides. Taylor's signature model for Jason Mraz, on the other hand, features a Western red cedar top with Indian rosewood in behind. Every choice of wood helps to give a signature model guitar the distinctive character specific to the artist whose name stands behind it.
They're shaped according to the artists' exact specifications, as well. Whether that means the full Dreadnought body of Tony Alva's Fender Sonoran SE or the cutaway profile of Al DiMeola's Ovation, it translates to a personalized look, feel and sound. A cutaway body gives you the benefit of easily reaching every fret for the ultimate range, while a full frame promises to deliver the richest tone possible. And, of course, signature series guitars use the artist's preferred finish for a professional look.
It doesn't matter if you're following in your idol's footsteps or taking their signature sound in a new direction, these acoustic-electric guitars are a great option no matter how you play it. You'll get the versatility of electric, the classic sound of acoustic, and of course the customized details of the artist whose name the guitar bears—with all of that, you can't go wrong.