Whether you're looking for an acoustic guitar to sit and strum on the sofa at home or to grace the stage of Wembley Stadium, we've got something for you. All Solid instruments, a more cost effective Laminate acoustic guitar, a mighty Jumbo or a Small Bodied beauty; whatever it is, you've come to the right place! And don't hesitate to drop us a line if you have any questions.
Our range of acoustic guitars includes recognisable models from the biggest brands such as Martin and Taylor, as well as boutique instruments from smaller brands that we've found just for you. Whatever shape or size you prefer, if you're after an acoustic guitar, you've come to the right place!
The acoustic guitar as we know it has been around since the 19th century. Guitars of that time were a bit smaller than the modern choices we have today. However, variations of this instrument have been found to exist as far back as 1500 BCE. The acoustic guitar (including the many variations of it) has literally played an important role in humanity's journey as a means of artistic expression over our long history.
Acoustic guitars have been innovated over the years by such builders as C.F. Martin & Co., Gibson, Yamaha, as well as many others and have become not only exceptional musical instruments but in some cases exceptional pieces of art. Many types of wood are used in the construction of acoustic guitars such as Mahogany, Spruce, Koa, Cedar, Maple, Rosewood and others, as each type offers a slightly different tone and sustain to the instrument.
Acoustic guitars are constructed in one of three possible ways including some mixture of types of construction. Laminate, which is the bonding of multiple thin layers of wood, is the cheapest way to manufacture. Laminate does not offer the same level of tone or sustain as other types, but offers great affordability. Solid Top construction is the next type and uses a solid piece of wood for the top of the acoustic guitar, as the top is what creates the majority of the tone and sustain. Depending on the wood used, the tone and sustain will be slightly different. Solid Top acoustic guitars use laminate back and sides to keep the cost lower. The most expensive construction method is All Solid wood which is exactly as it sounds: solid pieces of wood for the top, back and sides. These guitars offer the greatest amount of sustain and "tone".
No matter what type of construction or wood is used, acoustic guitar manufacturing has been so improved over the years that you can find a good instrument at any price point. The acoustic guitar is the most widely used, portable, affordable instrument used throughout the world today. Join the community of acoustic guitar players and become a part of that human journey of artistic expression.
Does it matter what type of wood my acoustic guitar is made of?
The simple answer to this question is: yes and no! For beginner players, there will be no significant difference other than the possible cost of the instrument. Beginners should focus most on learning on a comfortable to play instrument and as they get to a level where they want to perform they can then consider this question. The biggest difference will be less about the type of wood and more about the type of construction.
Does it matter whether the guitar is laminate, solid top or all solid construction?
The type of construction affects the tonality and sustain of the instrument. Laminate offers the least tonal influence and sustain, but is the most durable if you live in humid climates. This means that your guitar will not need to be adjusted nearly as often as the wood will not expand and contract in the same way as it would with a solid construction acoustic guitar. Solid top acoustic guitars have more sustain and tone because of the solid piece of wood on top that is immediately impacted by the reverberation of the strings. Solid tops are fairly durable in humid climates as the back and sides are of laminate construction. All Solid construction offers the most tone and sustain as the entire guitar is pieced together with solid pieces of wood. This type of guitar is more expensive and quite susceptible to weather conditions(humidity) and can cause the guitar to need more adjusting by a guitar technician.
Does it make a difference what body style I buy?
The different body styles will affect the sound of the guitar, so it really depends on what type of music you are playing and how loud the guitar needs to be. The larger bodied acoustic guitars will resonate more than the small bodied acoustic guitars, but with today's technology, almost all acoustic guitars come standard with a pickup or microphone to amplify the sound. Smaller bodied acoustic guitars are better suited for fingerstyle players as they have a more focused sound centred on higher frequencies. Bigger guitars are better suited for the strummers with a sound centred on lower frequencies. It's also worth considering what will be most comfortable for you based on your body size.