By Paul Riario
Last month, I had the privilege of visiting Fender’s manufacturing plant in Ensenada, Mexico, where, in addition to cranking out some of the EVH, Jackson and Fender lines of instruments and amplifiers, they produce the Arcos Series of acoustic guitars for Guild.
The AO-3CE is a small-body, orchestra-style acoustic with a cutaway and Fishman electronics. It features a solid Sitka spruce top along with laminated mahogany sides and Guild’s unique arched-back body design that delivers plenty of volume. Other features include bone nut and saddle, koa roseete, pearl inlays and an included lightweight polyfoam case.
The mahogany neck is slim with a satin finish, and the extra string spacing on its 1 ¾” nut makes it ideal for fingerstyle players. The Fishman Presys Plus electronics comes equipped with an onboard tuner and anti-feedback control.
The AO-3CE is an affordable and easy guitar to play; it’s loud and well-balanced, making it an excellent choice for live performance. If you’ve never played a Guild before, the AO-3CE is a great place to start if you’re in the market to find a mid-priced acoustic.
List Price: $999
Guild Guitars, guildguitars.com