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About Acoustic Guitars

Acoustic guitars are incredibly popular at guitarguitar. We have more acoustic guitars than any other dealer in the UK and every guitarguitar store has a large and comprehensive acoustic department. Whether you are searching for a new electro acoustic guitar, a dreadnought guitar or a classical guitar, we can provide an unmatched selection in the most comfortable atmosphere with the best staff to make your next acoustic guitar purchase the best you've ever made.

We also have more left-handed acoustic guitars available than any other UK retailer. We are proud to stock all of the big names including Taylor, Martin, Gibson, Takamine, Godin and Fender as well as top end hand-made instruments from Lowden, Collings, Moon and Cole Clark amongst others.

In addition to steel string acoustics, we carry a large range of classical guitars and other types of guitar with nylon strings from companies including Cordoba, Manuel Rodriguez and Raimundo.

Order online or visit one of our in-store acoustic departments for a relaxed and fulfilling experience.

Frequently Asked Questions about Acoustic Guitars

Speaking broadly, an acoustic guitar is a fretted instrument that is constructed out of a hollow wooden box-like body with a long solid wooden neck strung with six or more steel or nylon strings, depending on the style of guitar. The player plucks the string and its pitch is transferred via resonance and movement through the wood of the body and amplified via the body & the air inside to produce a beautiful sound. Acoustic guitars can be different sizes and these different sizes affect the resulting tone and volume of the notes as they sound, as does the type or types of wood used to make the guitar. Other factors like the inner construction of the body (known as bracing) also play a large part in the resulting tone of the instrument. Acoustic guitars can be fitted with or bought with pre-fitted pickup systems which allow them to be plugged into amplifiers and other devices. This allows acoustic guitars to be used in public performances where much more volume is required. We refer to these guitars as electro acoustics. There are many different types of pickup systems available and guitarists all have their own preferences, just as they do with make of guitar, shape and type of wood used in construction. Acoustic guitars come in all price ranges from under £100 to well over £5000. They are made all over the world and can be factory made or hand made.
With such a wide range of guitars available, it can be difficult to narrow down your options! We recommend playing lots of different models from a number of manufacturers since everybody makes guitars differently. For a good gigging guitar, it would make sense to pay attention to dreadnought and similarly sized guitars since they are very versatile. A solid top is well worth investing in since the guitar's tone will 'mature' and improve the more you play it. An all-solid guitar would be even better if you can stretch to it. Depending on what styles you play, you may like to have a cutaway in the body to reach notes higher up on the fingerboard. In terms of woods and so on, Spruce is the most commonly used material for an acoustic guitar's top, making Spruce topped guitars a good starting point. But also try Mahogany and Cedar topped guitars because they each have their own tonal benefits as well! In terms of electronics, most pickup systems are very good these days. It is helpful to have an onboard tuner. Apart from that, we think it's all about personal preference and budget! Part of the fun is browsing and thinking through options! Remember, we are always here online and in our stores if you need help and advice.
Put simply, acoustic guitars are primarily designed to be used in an unplugged situation where the guitar amplifies itself due to its hollow design. The aim of an acoustic guitar is to sound as pure and natural as possible. An electric guitar, on the other hand, is designed primarily to be plugged into an external amplifier. Electric guitars are generally either solid or semi-hollow (exceptions apply) and are designed to work along with the amplifier in order to create a sound that is significantly different to that of an acoustic guitar even though both types of guitar are played in largely the same way. Electric guitars can be 'overdriven' by the amplifier or an external device known as an effects pedal in order to achieve what we recognise as a rock guitar sound, otherwise known as a 'distorted' guitar sound. Such distorted effects are generally not what acoustic guitarists want their guitar to sound like. There is some crossover. For example, electro-acoustics are acoustic guitars with pickups fitted into them. These instruments can be plugged into amplifiers and effects pedals can be used with them as they are on electric guitars. Effects pedals come in an extremely wide variety of flavours and colours, all of which are designed to change the sound of the guitar in a specific way.
Acoustic guitars have a wide variety of body shapes partly due to history and partly due to demand. The smallest guitars are travel guitars which must be small and portable. Parlour guitars are small Blues instruments used for plucking away at whilst sitting on front porches. The most popular size is the dreadnought: its bigger and deeper body projects more and is significantly louder than smaller models. A Grand Auditorium shape is a similar size to a dreadnought but has a different, more scooped sound. The shape plays a big part in the overall timbre of the sound and you often find that the 'hips' of the guitar shape is a good indication of the midrange response. Jumbo acoustics are the largest size generally available and were designed to meet the needs of singer songwriters who like to strum big loud chordal rhythms to accompany their singing. It is definitely worth trying out a good selection of different body shapes to find what you like best. Your body size plays a part too, as does your reach.
The term 'solid top' refers to the construction method used to produce a guitar. Less expensive guitars are made entirely from laminated wood which does a fine job and is sturdy but will not resonate as freely as a solid piece of timber. The most expensive guitars are made entirely from solid pieces of wood because this sounds objectively better by far. A good compromise found in many affordable and mid range guitars is to have a top (or soundboard) made from solid wood and the rest from laminates. The top is the most significant factor in the production of tone and so this method provides a 'best of both worlds' instrument. A good example of this is the Sigma 000M-15+, which uses solid Mahogany for the top and laminated Mahogany for the back and sides.