Choosing an Acoustic Guitar
Whether you’re performing on stage this weekend or still practicing basic chord progressions, Best Buy offers an expanded online selection of acoustic guitars from well-known brands like Fender and Yamaha. Here are some things to consider if you’re in the market for a new acoustic guitar.
Most brands, including Fender guitars, produce acoustic guitars in three basic body shapes. Classic guitars boast medium sound projection with a good balance between hi, low, and med frequencies. Their clarity is ideal for fingerpicking and they’re suitable for strumming. Classic guitars typically use light gauge strings.
Associated with bluegrass music, dreadnought guitars are the most popular type of acoustic guitar. They offer a rich bass and bigger sound that’s perfect for heavy strummers. They usually use medium gauge strings, but you can use light gauge strings if you want.
Jumbo guitars provide the big sound of a dreadnought with the shape of a classic. It’s a good choice for performers who use a strap, but can be uncomfortable to play while sitting. Like dreadnoughts, jumbos usually use medium gauge strings with the option to use light gauge strings.
The sound and quality of your acoustic guitar is affected by the wood it’s made from. Different types of wood vibrate differently, so each one delivers a unique sound and tone.
A laminated veneer top is made from glued sheets of wood, which is less expensive but provides a lower-quality sound. A solid top guitar is made from a solid piece of wood. It costs more, but the sound quality, clarity and volume is much better.
Budget or Splurge
The price of an acoustic guitar depends on the type and quality of the wood, the amount of extra detailed work, and any additional features. You might be tempted to choose the cheapest option if you’re a beginner, but a poor-quality guitar won’t inspire you to improve if it can’t hold tune and is unpleasant to use.
12-String vs. 6-String Guitars
With two guitar strings for each note instead of one, 12-string guitars provide a richer, brighter sound and can be tuned to two different tunings. However, 6-string guitars are less expensive and easier to learn.