Most of us might have the difficulties while choosing our first acoustic guitar in our life. There are plenty of brands to pick from in the market, not forgetting such as Caravan Music and Deviser from Jingle Guitars. A good guitar can be determined from different wood species such as spruce, sapele and mahogany. Here are some tips on how to choose an acoustic guitar for beginners.
Shape and Size
You may think that all acoustic guitars have the same size and shape and most of them are. The body of this type of guitar consists of the soundboard that is typically supported by internal bracing, the sides and back that create a deep chamber, the upper bout or the upper body curves, the lower bout or the lower body that is usually larger than the upper bout and the waist or the areas between them. The size and shape of the body affect the sound of the guitar and your ability to play it. As such, it is important that you find the right body shape that suits your physical and musical needs.
There are various sizes and shapes of acoustic guitars, so you should choose a guitar that produces excellent sound and is comfortable to play when even while you are sitting or standing. Some body shapes have a combined large soundboard that has a narrow waist to make the guitar more comfortable to use. The exact measurements are different from one guitar maker to another. Some of the most popular guitar body shapes include Cutaway, Jumbo, Dreadnought and Auditorium. Recently cutaway type of acoustic guitar from Jingle Guitar has become most guitarist’s choice as it allows to access the higher frets more easily. This particular guitar has a shallow body which many people find more comfortable to hold.
The type of wood used to make the guitar determines its sound. The usual material for tops is spruce. Sitka spruce is the most common. The cost of an acoustic guitar also increases based on the rarity of the tonewood. The right tonewood depends on how you play your acoustic guitar and the type of sound you want. For instance, a fingerstyle player wants wood that responds to their delicate playing. Guitar craftsmen believe that the wood picked for the top is the most important factor in determining the sound of the instrument. The neck, back and sides are the next most important factors in tonality.
The high rigidity and lightweight properties of spruce make it a good option for high-velocity sound. Sitka spruce can retain clarity even when played forcefully.
Mahogany – It has a moderately low response rate, low overtone content and considerable density when used as a top. Guitars that are made from mahogany have a punchy tone that is perfect for country blues playing.
Maple is usually more acoustically transparent because of its high internal damping degree and lower response rate, allowing the top’s tonal characteristic to be heard without any significant tonal coloration.
Rosewood has a wide range of overtones and response rate. It has strong highs and mids that make the tone of upper registers richer.
In short, choosing a good acoustic guitar for beginners should not have a wrong mindset of “a well-known brand of guitar must be a good guitar”. Those “well-known brand” of guitar usually charge higher for their marketing and the sound may not suits your liking. Hence, the beginner is highly recommended to try playing the acoustic guitar in the guitar store and feel the music.
Jingle Guitars is proud to offer different types of good materials for an acoustic guitar, such as Spruce top, Sapele top, Rosewood side and back for customers’ options at an affordable price in Singapore, and believing that it should be good for beginner to enjoy in this music industry!