Choose the right instrument for you
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.