The acoustic guitar
is a favorite of musicians, with its ease of use, beautiful sound and portability, it is the perfect instrument for making music at home or in large groups. Simple enough that it can be played with just a few hours of practice, the acoustic guitar offers years of learning and enjoyment for musicians. From the famous Fender acoustic guitar
to the affordable quality of Sunlite guitars
to the wild innovation of Ovation's roundback acoustic guitar, there is a guitar that suits your style and budget.
In acoustic guitars, the sound of the plucked or strummed strings travels through the bridge and saddle to the body of the guitar via the sound board. The sound board is usually made of spruce or cedar, although some less expensive beginner models use a composite. These woods best carry the sound into the hollow interior of the body of the guitar
. The sound hole in most guitars is round and located under the strings which allows the air inside the body to vibrate and the sound resonates in the hollow body. The shape of the guitar combined with the woods used will determine the tone or sound that is generated.
For acoustic electric guitars
, the use of pickups allows the sound generated to be amplified. Pickups are placed on the body or on the bridge of the guitar and the sound is sent via wire to an amplifier so that it can be heard in larger venues. The acoustic electric guitar allows musicians to be heard as a part of a larger band, accompany a choral group or play solo in a larger venue. It also allows musicians to step away from the microphone and still be heard, giving performers flexibility.
The standard default for acoustic guitars
is six strings, however there are guitars that feature seven or even eight strings. The strings for the guitar can be steel, gut, nylon or carbon fiber depending on the preference of the musician and the design of the guitar. The classical twelve string guitar can be either acoustic or electric and produces a rich, and more ringing tone than the standard six string guitar. Less difficult than you would imagine to play, this guitar has a full tone and and natural chorus effect, full-bodied chords and rippling sound from plucking the strings. Popular with musicians across the genres, it allows a flexibility and freedom in playing that can't be found anywhere else.