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About Acoustic Guitars

Acoustic guitars are incredibly popular at guitarguitar. We have a wider range of acoustic guitars than any other dealer in the UK. Looking for a new electro acoustic guitar? Or a dreadnought guitar? How about a classical guitar? We can offer an unmatched selection. We provide a 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 top brands including Taylor, Martin, Gibson, Takamine, Godin and Fender. This is in addition to top end, hand-made instruments from Lowden, Collings, Moon and Cole Clark among others.

As well as steel string acoustics, we carry a large range of classical guitars and other types of guitar with nylon strings. These are from companies such as 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

An acoustic guitar is a fretted instrument that is constructed out of a hollow wooden box-like body. It has a long solid wooden neck strung with six or more steel or nylon strings, depending on the style of guitar. Acoustic guitars come in different sizes. These different sizes affect the resulting tone and volume of the notes as they sound. The types of wood used to make the guitar also influence this. Other factors such as 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. These 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. 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 many manufacturers. Every brand makes guitars differently! For a good gigging guitar, it would make sense to pay attention to dreadnought and similarly sized guitars. These 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, Spruce is the most commonly used material for an acoustic guitar's top. This makes Spruce topped guitars a good starting point. Try Mahogany and Cedar topped guitars as well. They each have their own tonal benefits! When it comes to electronics, most pickup systems are very good these days. It is helpful to have an on-board tuner. Apart from that, 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.
Acoustic guitars are primarily designed to be used in an unplugged situation. 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 is designed to be plugged into an external amplifier. Electric guitars are generally either solid or semi-hollow. They work with the amplifier to create a sound that is different to that of an acoustic guitar. Electric guitars can be 'overdriven' by the amplifier or an external device known as an effects pedal. This creates a rock guitar sound, otherwise known as a 'distorted' guitar sound. These effects are generally not what acoustic guitarists are looking for. There is some crossover. For example, electro-acoustics are acoustic guitars with pickups fitted into them. These instruments can be plugged into amplifiers. Effects pedals can be used with them as they are on electric guitars. Effects pedals come in a wide variety of flavours and colours. All of these 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. They are great 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 much 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 timbre of the sound. 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. They meet the needs of singer songwriters who like to strum big loud chordal rhythms to go with 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. This 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 from solid pieces of wood because this sounds 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. This method therefore provides a 'best of both worlds'. A good example of this is the Sigma 000M-15+. This guitar uses solid Mahogany for the top and laminated Mahogany for the back and sides.