Fool-proof guide to finding the best guitar

Short introduction of acoustic guitars

Acoustic guitars are one of the most popular musical instruments. Although “acoustic” is a kind of guitar, “acoustic guitars” could be further divided into more specific classifications. There’s always the perfect guitar for all types of skill level, body built, and purpose. What’s the best acoustic guitar in the world? What’s the best one for you?

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Distinguish between classical and acoustic guitar

An acoustic guitar is a guitar that creates sounds by merely transmitting vibration from the strings to air. Unlike electric guitars, acoustic guitars don’t need electricity to amplify sound (although some acoustic guitars have evolved to be a hybrid of electric and acoustic). It just needs the fingers or a pick to strum the strings strategically to produce the desired sound.

An acoustic guitar could be chosen based on the following criteria

Design/Body structure

Generally speaking, an acoustic guitar may have varied sizes and shapes for its neck and body. Some acoustic guitars may have longer necks, others may have shorter ones. The body could be big, small, or in varying degrees of in-between, and it could also come in different shapes. Aside from ergonomic comfort, the different shapes and sizes may enable the user to create different kinds of sounds.

For example, based on body size and the power to produce loud sound, dreadnoughts and jumbos are the acoustic guitars that are relatively bigger in size. Consider buying this kind if you aim for a loud guitar, especially if it would be used with a band. This kind is the most popular, loudest, and fit for band music.

There are also the classical guitars. Classical guitars are generally smaller, has a soft sound, and has a wider sound range. These smaller guitars are used for mellow music, and could be used for solo performances or music writing.

Strings

Here goes one of the most frequently asked questions, what string is best for what kind of people? Well, it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert. What kind of sound would you like to create?

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Steel strings are generally louder and stiffer. They are also mostly used for pop music. The stiff strings make it easier to create the sound due to limited string movement, but its lack of flexibility may limit the range of sounds that the musician can create. Nylon strings have soft sound that are used for mellow music. Nylon is generally softer and bendable. It could be used for a wider range of sounds.

Personal Preference

Guitars may vary in sizes, neck length, and string material. All created and designed for a specific purpose. However, although it is important to have information on why these variants were developed, it is still best to look around and hear the guitar sound yourself. Aside from the structure and materials, the tightness and thickness of the string may also affect the sound that a guitar produces. It is also important to consider if the size and shape of the guitar allows you to be comfortable playing it while standing or sitting.

The quality of a guitar does not solely depend on its brand, model, structure, or materials. The best guitar could be determined by its ability to reflect its owner’s style and personality.

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