Picking out a new acoustic guitar online is a thrilling process. When shopping for a new guitar, keep its purpose and the musician’s skill level in mind. At LAWK STAR Guitars, we offer acoustic guitars by Breedlove, Dean, Schecter, Gretsch and Paul Reed Smith—great choices for all skill levels.
Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide
Body Style: Acoustic guitars come in a variety of shapes and sizes that affect how it sounds, from small travel guitars to dreadnought to jumbo. A cutaway body style, for example, has a dip in the upper part of the body, near the neck, so the upper frets simpler to reach. In addition to its tone, consider how comfortable the guitar is to play.
Neck: Make sure a guitar’s neck comfortably fits your hand. The size of the guitar’s body and the number of frets it has generally determines how wide the neck is. Most acoustic guitars state that they have 12 or 14 frets, which represent the number of frets are above the body.
Wood Type: An acoustic guitar’s tonewood, or wood type, influences how it sounds. The tops are generally made of laminate or solid wood. Laminates generally don’t vibrate as well as solid wood, but are a good option for beginners. Sitka spruce is a common tonewood. Rare tonewoods, such as rosewood, increase the cost of a guitar. Keep in mind, however, that the rare or higher-cost woods don’t necessarily alwaysmake acoustic guitars sound better.
String Type: Acoustic guitars have nylon or steel strings. While one isn’t better than the other, they produce different sounds. Nylon strings have a more mellow tone, which you may hear while listening to flamenco music. Steel strings are more common in guitars and produce louder, brighter tones.
At LAWK STAR Guitars, we want to remind you that personal preference is the most important factor when choosing an acoustic guitar. When a guitar fits your style, you’ll truly enjoy it for years.