How are Acoustic Guitars made?

One of the most popular instruments among high school classmates and music enthusiasts, guitars give life to band songs and is also the secret behind every heartthrob lead guitarist in the music industry.

What does it take to produce a guitar, do you ever wonder?

Stringed instruments have been existing in the world to as far back as 3,000 years. Clearly, fondness of music and tones must run in human blood. It all started with singled stringed bows that existed across Asia and Africa, which later on turned to have more and more strings, and later on developed the shape that acoustic guitars have today.

Guitars have continuously evolved through time, experimenting between different types of wood, strings, and shape to create unique sounds. Smaller ones are usually designed to create mellow sounds that is mostly suitable for folk music, while medium to bigger guitars are mostly used for bands and performances, most especially with accompaniments.

The first step to guitar production is materials selection. Components have to be outsourced and chosen carefully from suppliers. They are chosen based on various factors.

Until now, guitars are mostly composed of wood. Choosing a type of wood is thus one of the most important factors to consider in creating guitars. Some of which are made of solid high-quality and genuine wood, while others, for portability, are made of wood laminates. Typical wood choices for a guitar’s body are Mahogany, Maple, Walnut, Spruce, Poplar, and Agathis. Each of which are not only selected for color and texture, but also contribute to the sound that a guitar produces.

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Other parts of the guitar include tuners, bridge, frets, picks, and enhancements that could increase performance and strength. Once all these are gathered from suppliers, they are then put together in one acoustic guitar. There are different brands of acoustic guitars out there in the market. What makes prices vary? The type of wood and supplies used play one of the most important factors, but some brands are even given more value due to the careful planning of the guitar’s shape, that may contribute not only to the sound of one’s guitar, but also to ease of use when playing or carrying it around.

The next step to the production of guitars matters on this part. After choosing the parts, the guitar is now designed. Size and shape are determined to match the target users’ needs.

It is important for one to be comfortable with the size and shape of his or her guitar, and guitar brands have worked hard in researching and crafting guitars that much every possible need that an artist may have. Some prioritize portability, while others prioritize sounds. It is also important to craft a design that will not put the guitarist in any burden, whether for carrying the instrument or playing it.

As part of design, other enhancements to make the guitar sound better or stronger are decided on this stage.

Upon accomplishing the design, the concept and materials are now ready to be forwarded to the manufacturer, where the guitars would be assembled and packaged.  After the assembly of all parts and including all accessories on the package, the guitars are sent for quality control checking before being approved of release to the market.

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