The acoustic guitar is the world's most played instrument. It is also one of the most versatile, heard in classical, jazz, rock, pop, country, metal and punk music. They are an ideal instrument for beginners, because playing them does not require reading notes nor using lots of accessories.
There are six-string and twelve-string acoustic guitars, which can be played with or without amplifiers. Top quality acoustic guitars have bodies, backs and sides made of solid wood.
A steel-string acoustic guitar produces rich, long-lasting notes. A nylon-string model is less rough on the fingertips and has a softer tone.
Acoustic guitars date back to the 16th century. Over the course of 100 years, they became the predominant instrument in Europe.
Some of the top manufacturers of acoustic guitars are Fender, Guild, Gibson and Ibanez. Martin, played by John Prine and Patty Larkin, is considered the cream of the crop.
To maintain an acoustic guitar's condition and tone, store it in a soft or hard case. Replace worn or broken parts, including strings or bridge pins.
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