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The acoustic guitar remains vital to many different genres, and is one of the most popular instruments on earth. There are many different styles and construction methods used to create these instruments, ensuring everyone from flamenco finger-stylists to rock performers will find their perfect guitar.
If you picture an acoustic guitar in your mind, chances are, you're picturing a 6-string model. These guitars can be made from a variety of materials; high-quality bodies may be made from maple, mahogany, spruce, or rosewood. Entry-level guitars, on the other hand, are often made with laminated tonewood. Sweetwater carries a huge variety of acoustic 6-strings for beginners all the way to longtime collectors.
Some players gravitate towards the grandeur of 12-string acoustic guitars. Their six additional strings lend a lush ring to the guitar's sound. The twelve strings are paired up in courses, with the bottom four pairs tuned in octaves, while the top two pairs are tuned in unisons. A longer headstock and reinforced construction help accommodate for the extra strings.
The world of nylon-stringed acoustic guitars is as vast as their steel-stringed counterparts. While they are predominantly of the 6-string variety, nylon acoustic guitars utilize different tonewoods and bracing and construction techniques to voice them for either classical or flamenco playing styles. Flamenco guitars tend to favor a fast sound with plenty of attack. Classical guitars often utilize rosewood, cedar, spruce, and other highly-resonant woods for maximum warmth and clarity.
The addition of sound-amplifying electronics has been one of the largest evolutions in the design history of acoustic guitars. By plugging your acoustic guitar into an amplification device, you're able to send your tone to much larger audiences. Today you can find acoustic-electric 6-string, 12-string, and nylon-stringed guitars at all price ranges. So, if you want to be able to perform with your instrument to groups of people not within ear-shot of your soundhole, you're definitely going to want to consider this option.
6-string versus 12-string is only the beginning; acoustic models come in several different styles and materials, each with their own personalities. For example, resonator guitars feature metal cones (called resonators) built into the soundboard - allowing more volume, and a sound still prized in the blues, bluegrass, etc. Look around the acoustic portion of the Sweetwater site and you'll find plenty of ukuleles, mandolins, and banjos. When it comes to acoustic guitars, Sweetwater's collection of actual guitars is just the beginning.
Sweetwater also carries a wide variety of left-handed acoustic guitars and other instruments. We have endless options for every playing style, budget, and experience level; call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer today.
Questions about Acoustic Guitars?
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