Today, In MusicNexo, we put ourselves in the shoes of that music lover who wants to buy his first acoustic guitar, but that, overwhelmed by the huge amount of existing models of acoustic guitars online; does not know which one is the most suitable for him or the kind of sound that he is looking for. In order to clarify some doubts and help you choose, we have elaborated this little guide.
Buy Acoustic Guitar: Tips
Step 1: Choosing the Guitar Body
There is a great variety of models of guitar bodies and is it one of the guitar components that most influence the sound of this musical instrument. There are 3 basic body styles:
-Classic: they are the most used guitars to be played with the fingers, being very well balanced between mid, low and treble, in addition to possessing a very clean sound.
-Dreadnaught: the most common and used, suitable for both playing it with the fingers or a pick. They have a greater volume than the classic ones and a greater presence of bass tones, although all the tones are very balanced.
– Jumbo: larger and rounded than the previous ones, which gives them more volume and gravity.
Step 2: Choose the wood
The wood and wood type are chosen also influence the quality and the type of sound of the guitar.
The first thing would be to choose between the laminated or solid wood. The sound of solid wood is richer and a greater volume is achieved. In addition, it must be taken into account that the solid cover better resists the tension produced by the effect of the strings, than a cover of laminated wood. This can lead to a slight distortion in the long term and cause the guitar to lose its proper pitch, so a guitar with a solid top will better withstand the passage of time.
You also have to take into account the type of wood, as it is important. Some of the woods used are:
– Spruce: it has a bright and clear tone, even in very high tones.
– Cedar: warm tones and ideal for touching it with your fingers.
– Mahogany: strong sound and very used by the blues guitarists.
– Maple: produces a transparent and clean sound.
– Rosewood: darker tones, rich high and medium and strong bass.
Step 3: Choose the guitar strings
There are two types, nylon, and steel. The first ones offer a soft and melodic sound, ideal for classical, Latin or folk music. The steel ones give us a powerful and rich sound, recommended for jazz, blues, rock & roll or country.
Step 4: Guitar pedals, accessories and others.
Buying a guitar pedal, along with an amplifier, will allow us to experiment with more types of tones and get the most out of our new instrument. At MusicNexo we have a wide range of effects pedals for acoustic guitar.
To all of the above, you have to add the indispensable guitar accessories, such as the case, strap, tuner, picks, lubricating oil and a cloth (to keep our guitar clean).
We hope these tips will help you to make your purchase and start enjoying your new guitar