A Brief Overview of the Acoustic guitar

Guitars have played an important role in music for thousands of years. Over the years, they have evolved changing to suit the needs of a different genres and musicians. It was through this process of evolution that the classical guitar eventually become the acoustic guitar. Most historians believe that the acoustic guitar, as we’re familiar with it, has been around for anywhere from 100-150 years.

At first glance, the current classical guitar and the acoustic guitar don’t look all that difference. In fact, visually the only real difference appears to be the strings. The acoustic guitar is strung with tightly wound steel strings while the acoustic uses nylon strings. Where the two guitars really vary is the sound. Due to the steel strings, the sound produced by the acoustic is both brighter and louder than that created by the classical guitar. The better sound is why so many country singers and bluegrass pickers favor the acoustic guitar.

It’s hard to see until they’re placed right beside each other, but the body of the acoustic guitar is a bit bigger than its classical cousin and it also has a more slender neck. The reason for these subtle design changes is so that the guitar can withstand the incredible amount of tension the steel strings place on it.

Most popular genres of music strive to incorporate acoustic guitar into their songs, and some genres, such as country, folk, and bluegrass will even have songs where the only instrument accompanying the singer is the acoustic guitar. The range of sounds a good guitar player can produce with an acoustic guitar is truly incredible.

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