#30DaysofGuitar – A Buyer’s Guide to Acoustic Guitars

An acoustic guitar can enhance your playing experience to a whole new level only if you get the right one for yourself! Unlike electric guitars, where poor sound quality can be camouflaged by pedals and amplifiers, acoustic guitars need more pampering to produce a desired effect out of your musical piece. Many people judge guitars by the Indian Rosewood and a solid top, negating the credibility of guitars which are made from lesser woods. Get rid of these presumptions now! In case you are planning to get one acoustic guitar soon, make sure you go through this essential checklist that will simplify your queries while buying yourself THAT perfect instrument.

When you treat yourself with an acoustic guitar, we understand that it is indeed an overwhelming experience. With a lot of things to keep in consideration – design elements, wood, tone, hardware, etc, always keep your personal preference at the top. Do not forget your budget too. If you are a beginner, you needn’t spend a fortune on buying a high-end acoustic guitar. You can go for the low to mid range acoustic guitars. And if you are a pro already, you should upgrade your guitar on the standards of tonewoods and sound resonance. Now read on until you make the right decision to choose the right guitar while you’re shopping.

 

1. Body Style
The body of an acoustic guitar comprises of the top or the soundboard, supported by an internal bracing; the sides, and the back that together form a hollow chamber. If you want to make your guitar playing experience a comfortable one, you must focus on its body style first. What do you want to purchase? A slim guitar, a jumbo guitar, a half-size guitar or a dreadnought guitar? Sort what suits your needs.

2. Tonewood
Each wood in an acoustic guitar produces a particular sound effect. Hence, choose the tonewood wisely so as to determine your guitar’s sound quality. You can choose from an extensive variety of tonewoods such as Cedar, Ebony, Mahogany, Cocobolo, Granadillo, Koa, Rosewood, etc.

3. Neck Profile
Though the thickness and width of the guitar necks vary, it has a lot to do with the comfort ability of your guitar. Acoustic guitars are usually listed between 12-14 fret necks. Choose according to your convenience.

4. Electronics
If you are looking for an acoustic electric guitar, upgrade your pickup system of your soundboard by converting them into electric signals using a preamp. It affects the volume and tone control of your guitar.

5. Bridge & Fingerboard
Placed below the sound hole, the bridge is used to anchor the strings and transfer their vibrations to the soundboard. Whereas the fingerboard or fret board is the playing surface of the guitar. This can determine your visual reference.

6. Aesthetics
Last but not the least, the aesthetics of the guitar is equally important. From its intonation to marbling, every little detail is innate to the comprehensive aesthetic lucidity of your acoustic guitar. Study that well before paying a price for it.

A guitar that fits your style can do wonders to your music. So whether you sit or stand while playing it, make sure you are comfortable with it. A “good” guitar is that which makes you create music that is pleasing to your own ears first. Do not forget that! Check out our range of some of the finest acoustic guitars. You can also look for acoustic guitar bundles to start off with!