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by Michael Molenda

When planning all those wonderful leisure activities that surround the days of summer—swim dates, nature hikes, camping trips, parties, vacations, and general hanging out—don’t forget to invite your music along. If you want a groovy new acoustic guitar for your al fresco solo concerts, these recently released models—and a summer NAMM scoop or two—look cool, sound great, and offer price tags from nearly pocket change to hefty limited-edition bucks.

$149 street

This could be the season’s super deal—a sunset-hued beauty with electronics for less than you’d pay for one of those dusty summer music festivals. The O120CESB includes a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a mahogany neck, an Indian rosewood fretboard, and an onboard preamp with 3-band EQ.

Mitchell MO120CESB Acoustic Electric Guitar