Acoustic Guitar Picture Tutorial
Learn about a few of the most common models in this acoustic guitar pictures slideshow. There are many versions of the acoustic guitar, and each design serves a specific purpose to alter the instrument's sound and playability.
Standard Acoustic Guitar
The standard acoustic guitar pictured here is a 6-string instrument equipped with steel strings. When the strings are plucked, the instrument naturally amplifies the vibrations with the aid of the sound board and hollow body of the guitar.
The less common parlor guitar is a bit smaller than a standard acoustic model and predates recorded sound. It's designed to produce even volume throughout all the frequencies from bass through treble.
Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
The dreadnought, aka "western", guitar is larger than a standard acoustic. It's body produces a louder, fuller sound with more bass.
Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
The jumbo is similar to the dreadnought, and produces a powerful sound, especially in the bass range. The missing portion of the upper body, aka the cut-away, allows guitarists to reach the higher frets with greater ease.
12-String Acoustic Guitar
The 12 strings of this guitar work in pairs to produce a rich, augmented sound. The first two pairs are tuned to the exact same note. The strings of the remaining pairs are each set to a particular note, but exactly one octave apart.
The classical guitar is equipped with nylon strings and has a wider, flatter fretboard than the standard acoustic. This type of guitar is mainly used to play classical music that involves a lot of intricate finger-picking.
A hybrid, an acoustic-electric guitar offers the option to play plugged into an amplifier or strictly as an acoustic instrument. The Ovation pictured has a rounded back and sides made from a synthetic composite material that produces greater sound augmentation than a standard acoustic guitar.
Dobro Resonator Guitar
A resonator guitar, typically used in blues and bluegrass musical genres, employs one or more metal cones to produce greater sound than a standard acoustic guitar's sound board.
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