Choose the right in­stru­ment for you

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There are many types of acous­tic gui­tar so it’s worth un­der­stand­ing the op­tions. Body size is a big com­po­nent when it comes to vol­ume and tone. Sizes in­clude pow­er­ful dread­nought (D) and jumbo (J) mod­els, while smaller, folk (000 and OM) and par­lour-sizes (00 and 0) are also pop­u­lar. Woods also af­fect the tone. Spruce (bright) and cedar (warm) are pop­u­lar for the top, while maple (bright), rose­wood (rich and dark) or ma­hogany (bal­anced and ar­tic­u­late) are top choices for back and sides. Other vari­ables in­clude which fret the neck joins the body (14th or 12th), if there’s a cut­away (for top-fret ac­cess), or whether the neck is bolted on (Tay­lor, Fylde, Collings, Eg­gle) or glued (Martin, Takamine, Yamaha, Gib­son). There’s a plethora of pickup op­tions, too, from mag­netic sound­hole (warm and chunky) to un­der-sad­dle piezo (bright and de­tailed), so try out a num­ber of gui­tars un­til you find the com­bi­na­tion that suits your sound and style.

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