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Acoustic Guitar : What is it?

Acoustic Guitars

An acoustic guitar has a hollow body with a center hole where the vibrating air comes out when the strings are strummed or plucked. Its shape and resonance create acoustic amplification not as loud as in an electric guitar. It is ideal for musical performances in small venues with a small crowd.  

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Types of Acoustic Guitars

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Kinds of Acoustic Guitars include the following:

String types

Classical acoustic guitar

  • A classical acoustic guitar is also called a Spanish guitar.
  • It was originally used to play classical and flamenco music.
  • Its strings are made of nylon.
  • It produces a deep, warm sound.
  • It has a wide neck and a deep and hollow body with a center hole (f-hole).
  • It can be made with a wood block behind the pick-up for more sustain and minimized feedback.
  • It is available in two types: student and concert.
  • The student type is lightweight and inexpensive, ideal for students and beginners.
  • The concert type is more expensive and high-end, ideal for professional players.


Steel-string acoustic guitar

  • A steel-string acoustic guitar is also known as a Western or folk guitar.
  • Its steel strings can be strummed and plucked by the fingers or a pick.
  • It produces a louder and brighter sound than the classical acoustic guitar.
  • It has a narrower neck and a bigger body usually made of spruce, mahogany, nato, rosewood, and cedar.
  • It can come with a pickguard that protects the body from cuts and scratches.
  • It can have a built-in preamp and pickup system for electric amplification.
  • It is commonly used in rock, pop, blues, country, and folk music.


Material types

All solid wood acoustic guitar

  • An all solid wood acoustic guitar is made of solid wood pieces.
  • It vibrates well and produces a rich, full, and complex sound.
  • It is generally expensive and requires high maintenance.
  • It is also susceptible to scratching, cracking, and warping caused by humidity and temperature changes.
  • It requires to be stored in a hard shell case with a humidifier.


Laminate acoustic guitar

  • A laminate acoustic guitars is made of laminate materials.
  • It may not produce the same rich and complex sound as an all solid wood model, but is less likely to warp.
  • It is the most common entry-level acoustic guitar.


Solid top acoustic guitar


  • A solid top acoustic guitar is a laminate model with a top made of solid wood.
  • This construction drastically improves the sound of the instrument.
  • It is durable and less expensive than an all solid wood model.
  • It is a great alternative to a laminate acoustic guitar.

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Choosing Acoustic Guitars (Buying tips)

Strap: Choose a guitar that comes with a strap for added comfort and ease of carrying especially if you play standing up. It should fit your body exactly and handle the weight of your guitar.

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