There is a range of sizes that you may find acoustic guitars in. In fact, the whole subject of guitar sizes is very complicated. Various sizes were developed over time by different manufacturers. There are some basic shapes and sizes, but they are just starting points. Acoustic guitar designers over the years have experimented with a lot of different concepts. They have not only come up with different sizes, but have also tried many different shapes for the full size acoustic guitar. The result is that there are small acoustic guitars intended for use by students or those who are just more comfortable with a more compact instrument, and full size acoustic guitars for those who want a big sound.
There are also different sizes for the neck of the full size acoustic guitar. What width and thickness will be comfortable depends on the size of your hand and the size of the instrument. There are 12-fret and 14-fret full size acoustic guitars. This refers to the number of frets on the neck above the body of the guitar.
There is also something called an acoustic electric guitar. At first glance the term acoustic electric seems odd, because we think of an acoustic guitar and an electric one as two different things. An acoustic electric has the acoustic sound, but has pickups and a preamp so that it can be amplified so that the music can be heard in a large room or hall.
The wood that a full size acoustic guitar is made out of is important. The wood is a big factor in determining how the guitar sounds and in how much it costs. Various types of wood make for different tonal quality. Spruce and linden a common material for acoustic guitars. Rosewood and maple have long been favored for their sound quality. However, as global supplies of some of these preferred woods have decreased, manufacturers have begun looking for substitutes. Companies are now experimenting with other kinds of wood as well as new synthetic materials.
When you start shopping for a full size acoustic guitar you will soon see that there is a very wide range of prices. Fortunately, thanks to modern manufacturing methods there are quality instruments available at all price ranges.
For many people, their first interest in the acoustic guitar is in learning how to play their favorite songs. Then, as they gain more experience, they come to appreciate all the different things there are to learn about the instrument – the history, the lore, the legends, the materials – in addition to learning more and more about music. There’s a lot to know, which is one reason why the acoustic guitar is such a popular instrument. It’s also why a person can spend a lifetime learning about it.