Purchasing a new acoustic guitar can be exciting ( whether you are a beginner or not ) do you know what to look for in a acoustic guitar? When I first started out in the music world I purchased many a 'damp squid' thinking I was buying something that would last me a lifetime. Why? Well I had no idea what to look for in a acoustic guitar.
Purchasing a cheap acoustic guitar will only get you two things - a bad wrist and very sore fingertips. This is down to the action of the guitar - action is the distance between the strings and the guitars fret board. There's no getting away from it - the less you pay the higher and unreliable the action of the instrument.
When it comes to what to look for in a acoustic guitar, body shape could play a big part in how well you play the instrument. There are actually travel sized acoustic guitars which are very small bodied, these are good for kids or youngsters just starting out. The body sizes go up from there until you reach a jumbo style guitar or dreadnought style guitar. You may also find a guitar with a cutaway far more easy to play - my father has always chosen acoustic guitars with a cutaway shaped body.
Do you want to be playing large venues or rooms when you preform with your guitar? If so what to look for in a acoustic guitar is one with internal electronics. Whilst acoustic guitars are set up to resonate good sound they may struggle to fill a room in a live situation, especially if there are a lot of people in there talking.
There are some acoustic guitars that have small mics or piezo pickups built into their systems. A lot of these guitars also have a handy EQ built into their body. This EQ is very handy when plugging into a amp in live situations. No matter where you play there will always be discrepancy in the sound. EQ helps rectify this problem so that your guitar always fills the room properly.
So, what to look for in a acoustic guitar: make sure you have decided on a total acoustic or semi-acoustic guitar, live play will need amplification. What size of guitar are you looking for - if you're relatively short person you may want to look at a travel sized body for more comfortable playing. Remember, sit down and play each guitar in the shop - they will not mind at all. Don't stop until you find something that feels right for you.
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