Acoustic Guitars are the guitars that do not have the headstock or the neck mounted to the body. Instead they have a hollow body and the sound is produced by the hollow diaphragm. An acoustic guitar does not have a neck and the sound is produced by the strings.
When a string is struck its vibrational energy is transmitted to the bridge, resonate through the top of the entire guitar and sending vibrations down the hollow body. There are many styles of acoustic guitars available today, from the more basic and classical acoustic guitars to the more contemporary electric ones.
Acoustic guitars produce a softer tone, as they have less resistance to the vibrating action of the strings, hence the name acoustic guitars. Some types of them are solid wood, with the hollow body at the bottom. Others are made from laminated wood, the sides of which are laminated to create the hollow body. The majority of acoustic guitars produced today are very well suited for beginners as they allow the player to change the key easily, without having to learn how to read music.
The classical guitar, on the other hand, is more difficult to play, as the larger number of strings makes it harder to determine the note, as compared to the number of strings in an electric guitar. Many beginners find that the classical guitar is the best choice for them. However, even beginners can purchase electric guitars, if they so desire.
Acoustic Guitars that are suitable for beginners are generally available in two forms; the dreadnought shape and the double cutaway.
Dreadnought shape acoustic guitars have a thick sound, due to its shape. The sound is much like that of a guitar played at an acoustic gig, when the instrument is played at full volume. The strings are placed at the very top, and the fretboard is low to the ground. The frets are closer together in a dreadnought shape, and are therefore easier to press than in a double cutaway guitar.
Double cutaway acoustic guitars are made to look like the popular upright guitars, but have a neck that extends far below the sound hole. When the instrument is picked up, the head of the instrument shakes and produces a thin sound. A thin sound is preferred by many guitar players because it is closer to the tone of a piano or violin, and also sounds more "organic". The instrument is held in place by a wing, with each side having six fingerholes. The open-tuned sound of the instrument is created by tapping each finger individually.
Many people who begin playing the acoustic guitars find the double cutaway version easier to play, as it allows the guitarist to shift their weight from one hand to the other, aiding the player's fingers to stay in position during playing. There are various styles of acoustic guitars that can be used by beginners to learn to play. Some of these instruments are classical guitars, which are designed to produce a specifically-designed sound. Others are much less complex, and are designed for players who are looking to emulate an acoustic guitar tone.
Many acoustic guitars employ electronic features that are useful for making sounds more realistic, such as tremolo or echo. Most classical guitar players begin by playing classical guitar, an instrument that is relatively easy to master.
Classical guitar players use their fingers to pluck and strum the strings, creating a steady and mellow tone. Many classical guitarists have moved on to create their own unique sound by fusing different sounds created by their instruments with overdubs, and/or effects. Many classical guitar players still use a classic nylon string acoustic guitars, which produce a warm sound that can be easily heard in pubs and clubs. One of the most popular types of acoustic guitars today is the classical guitar amplifier.
The classical guitar amplifier combines two pieces of equipment: the acoustic guitar itself, and an audio interface similar to what is found on a laptop computer. By using the interface, the player can plug the guitar directly into a stereo system, or into an effect pedal for more precise control. The advantage of using the interface with the acoustic guitar instead of the actual instrument is that it provides the user with more flexibility and a huge amount of versatility. An acoustic guitarist can create a wide variety of sounds by playing the lead and middle lines, as well as alternate chords and riffs.