yeah I wonder if you would get anything from the new AEA TRP or RPQ which seem to be getting great GAS play for Ribbons.
acoustic guitars can be elusive sounds, imo. sounding good in the room and sometimes like a tiny boxy tone through the mic to daw. i figure if a person can get an acoustic track right its probably harder than even a vocal with FX on it.
i was messing about and the Recording mag fell to the floor which was the release of the ART VLA, Sept 97 issue. Pretty much the same back then as the HR hopeful for a Fairchild or LA2A, all using the optical-compression.
VLA and Levelar got great reviews.According to that article the VLA can do everything a LA2A can do (it was an design copy somewhat), VLA a little cleaner spec/ less noise w/ ability to crank the knobs and go from Mastering Stereo clean to Vox distortion was possible. The cheaper Levelar's had fixed settings with a voice and acoustic intention 2ms or 200ms and 300 or 3000ms release ..in short less controls. Both having the circuit of the Optical Compression as the LA2A and Fairchild.