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All About Acoustic Guitars

An acoustic guitar is a guitar that produces an acoustic sound through the vibration of its six strings. When we talk about guitar, the first thing that comes in our mind is Spanish guitar.

Acoustic guitars have a rich history. It had changed its design many times. Acoustic guitars are 5000 years old. Spain has a big contribution in its development.

The earliest form of modern acoustic guitar is the Cithara. Romans introduced this instrument in Hispania. After this, Moors developed the shape and made it a four-string instrument. But in Europe, the six-string lute guitar was very popular.

A Spanish guitar like instrument called Vihuela was introduced later in the 16th century. It's body looked like guitar, but it had to be tuned like Lute.

Modern acoustic guitars are of various types. Like, twelve-string guitar, classical guitar, still guitar etc.

Given below are some of the popular names and description of acoustic guitars.

- Renaissance and Baroque guitars: These guitars are very similar to the classical guitar. But they are smaller and quieter than classical guitar. Their strings are paired up like twelve string guitar. But they do not have six courses of strings like twelve string guitar. They have only four or five courses of them.

- Classical guitars: Classical guitars are made of nylon strings. That's why they are also known as nylon string guitar. Playing system of the classical guitar is somehow different. Fingers play it. Plectrum has no role in this specific playing process.

- Portuguese Guitar: This guitar is used in Portugal. This guitar is playing their traditional Fado song. This is guitar is a Portuguese twelve string guitar.

- Flat top guitar: This guitar is almost like classical guitar. But it is larger than classical guitar. It has got still strings. Still string produces louder sound. This guitar is used with varied kind of music like, jazz, bluegrass etc.

- Arch top guitar: This instrument is very much inspired from violin. This too is a still stringed guitar. Lloyd Lure invented this guitar this guitar is very much popular among the jazz guitarists.

- Twelve string guitar: Twelve-string guitar is a still stringed guitar. This guitar is made of six courses of paired up strings. This guitar is very popular in rock and roll, folk and blues music.

- Russian guitars: This is a seven-string guitar. It is a Russian guitar. This guitar is tuned in open G Major.

- Acoustic Bass Guitar: Strings are made of steel. Have only four strings.

- Guitar battente: have four or five metal string. Smaller than classical guitar. Used to accompany with voice in Calabria (Southern Italian region).

Apart from these there are other sorts of acoustic guitars also. Like, Extended range guitars, Harp guitars, Tenor guitars, Dobro guitars etc.

Acoustic guitars are very interesting instrument. The best thing about them is, they are absolutely hassling free. They are very easy to carry. And you can create magic with them in a family gathering also.

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Frequently Asked Questions...

How to reduce tingy sound of my guitar?

I have an one year old acoustic guitar and i got my strings changed a month ago...and now it makes a tingy sound...the neck is perfectly fine and the strings are of the same make which i had before..please help...is it because of the 'tension' or something else

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You said the strings were "of the same make". But are they the same gauge? I would think they're not. The tingy sound your hearing is probably coming from one of the bottom 3 strings. If the string is smaller than what the nut is filed for, then it will sit too low in the slot on the nut. It's "tinging" against the frets because it's too close to them. Not close enough to buzz or mute but just enough to "ting".

You need to have a good guitar tech check it out and get the right gauge strings on it.

But for now you can find which string (or how many) the tinging is coming from and put a small piece of paper or plastic under the string at the nut to raise it up slightly. This is not the proper way to fix it but at least you can still play it until you get the right strings on it.

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