I purchased a new guitar recently. It’s an Ibanez AEG20E. First, the dorky stuff. I paid $300 for it new. That $300 got me 100% real wood (5 years ago, not a chance), Fishman pickup, preamp w/ eq & tuner, 1/4″ and XLR out, decent tuners, decent fretboard/neck, a nice setup from the factory, some weird “Ivorex” saddle (fancy name for plastic?), and a nice look. It’s a thin body, but so be it, it still sounds pretty nice. That doesn’t add up to an awesome guitar, but it’s amazing for the price.
Anyway, the more magical part is what happens when you play it. Not just this one, but any acoustic you like. It puts you in a different space mentally. You just have one sound, and you’ve gotta get some good noise out of that. It simplifies everything. All you can focus on is the sound that happens when you hit the strings. It cuts through the bullshit, essentially. Beyond that, it helps when you’re using your other instruments as well. It’s like a fountain of youth or something for creative stupidity. You get into this weird habit of relying on effects or amps or other tricks to write and it keeps distracting you. The acoustic reminds you that you don’t have to use that stuff. At least not to write. It’s been useful so far, I hope that continues.