Acoustic Guitar Research Paper

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Acoustic Guitars for Beginners
Tips on How to Select the Best Acoustic Guitar for You

Nothing satisfies the soul like music and one of the most popular instruments for beginning wannabe rock stars and ballad writers is the ol’ six string – the acoustic guitar. There are hundreds of styles of acoustic guitars, so choosing the right fit for you can be a bit scary when you are new to playing! This article will guide you through the steps of picking out the very best acoustic guitar for your needs.

1 - What is an Acoustic Guitar?
• An acoustic guitar is an instrument that produces sound through the vibration of its strings in the air when you pluck them with your fingers or a pick – ‘plectrum’ in music circles. The tones of the vibrations are amplified through the guitars body, which is
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• Body – The largest part of the guitar, a hollow area where the sound echos and comes out throught the sound hole
• Neck – The longest portion where the strings are stretched and you hold the guitar to press the strings onto the fretboard
• Fretboard – The frets are little raised bars that the strings are pressed against to change the depth of the sound
• Strings - The length, mass, and tension of the strings change the quality of the sound – strings are made from steel, nylon, or gut

For a more in-depth explanation of the history and sound mechanics of an acoustic guitar, check out Wikipedia’s informative lesson at

3 - What is an Acoustic Electric Guitar?
I can’t hear my guitar!
To help amply the sound, some acoustic guitars have a piezoelectric or magnetic pickup, or a microphone.

4 - What Acoustic Guitar is Best for Beginners?

There is no set “best” guitar – you need to try one on like a pair of pants! Some of the major choices to select from are:

• Mini, ¾ and Full-Size Guitars - for Youth, Young Adults and Adults
• Left or Right-Handed Guitars
• 6 or 12 String
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