About acoustic guitars
There is no doubt about it; the acoustic guitar is a beautiful instrument. A true classic. But what makes an acoustic guitar.. Well.. and acoustic guitar? The answer to this question lies in its construction, as it is a guitar which only uses an acoustic soundboard - in other words, the top of an acoustic guitar. This helps to transmit the energy of the guitar strings into the air, which produces the instrument’s signature sound. Acoustic guitars also have a hollow body which resonates sound and increases the instruments efficiency of picking up and amplifying lower frequencies. The reason different acoustic guitars have different sound profiles is due to the mix of tonewoods, bracing, and soundboards used during the building process.
It is important to make a distinction between the two main varieties of acoustic guitars, which are the classical, nylon-stringed guitar, and the steel-string acoustic guitar. Steel-string acoustics, which are descendants from the classical guitar, generally produce a bringer, louder sound. Both variants often use the dreadnought shape, which was originally developed by C.F. Martin & Company. That being said, you will find several different brands on the market today which opt for using different body shapes, such as the larger jumbo body, the smaller auditorium (000) body, or an even smaller grand concert (00) body. Whichever body shape is used will contribute to the signature sound profile of an acoustic guitar.
If you are a seasoned acoustics aficionado then you probably already know all this. But if you are new to the world of guitars, and are looking for the best acoustic guitar for beginners, check out the section below.
The best acoustic guitar for beginners
Congratulations! You have decided to take the leap and start the journey of learning to play the guitar. But where to start? Well, you can’t learn to play without actually having a guitar to play with. Go figure. This little write up is to help you find the best acoustic guitar for beginners, as there are tons of acoustic brands and guitars out there.
When it comes to guitars, there is no such thing as the right or wrong choice. Big, expensive, or extremely popular does not necessarily mean that a guitar is right for you. Acoustics come in all shapes and sizes, and at the end of the day the process of buying a guitar is a very subjective one. Pick something that looks and sounds good to YOU.
With that being said, it would probably help to have a starting point, or point of reference if you will, when it comes to acoustics. We outlined the main categories in the ‘about’ section above, but it is safe to say that the dreadnought is an acoustic classic. It is extremely popular in the classic rock genre, and there is a reason its presence has graced countless live gigs and studio recordings; it is versatile, powerful, and cool-looking. But this doesn’t necessarily make it the best acoustic guitar for beginners.
The dreadnought is just one type of many, all of which could very well end up being the best acoustic guitar for beginners. We say that because, at the end of the day, it’s up to you; the beginner. So pick out a couple when you get the chance, give them a few strums, and then think about what qualities feel and sound best to you. We advise buying a guitar which makes you want to pick it up and play it, as this is the best and only way to become a great guitar player.