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Guitar Sizes Explained

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If your search for an acoustic guitar comes to a confusing halt due to the variety of guitar sizes to consider, you’re not alone. The fact is, even professional guitarists find this an issue. The size and shape of a guitar is essential in the determining the quality of its final sound. For the beginners who are unsure of what size to get, here are some factors you’ll want to consider.

Sound and Volume
To begin with, I must tell you that a larger guitar means a better volume. So you can expect bigger and harder sounds with bigger sizes. The optimum effect of the size to volume is however subject to the materials and design of the guitar. Furthermore, if your guitar has a large, thick waist, you can expect the sounds to have a more open mid range. Guitars with smaller waist tends to produce sounds that are more focused, with solid overtones. The overall size of your guitar, together with the size and shape of its waist are strong determining factors that influence the type and quality of sound.

Portability
Apart from sound and volume quality, picking a guitar size also depends very much on practicality and ease of use. If you’re planning to have your guitar with you when traveling, it is very much suggested that you get something smaller and more compact. Though it may sound like a compromise on sound and volume, there are smaller guitars that behave very similar to their scaled up counterparts. A compromise in size is not necessarily a compromise of quality.

Professional Performances
If you’re planning to get a guitar that sizes well for professional showcasing, you may prefer to lay your hands on something much bigger, as you will need a good volume and performance. The Concert or Grand Concert may be some of the ideal sizes to pick from. These also provide astounding tonal responses across the bass, treble and mid ranges. An even bigger option would be the Dreadnought or perhaps the Jumbo. These are even bigger and provide even better quality and power when it comes to sound and volume. However, bigger guitars may pose difficulties in handling them.

Ease of Play
If you’re looking for ease of play without compromise in high performance volume and tonal quality, you may prefer to pick an Auditorium or a Grand Auditorium. These are slimmer than the Dreadnought, and even slightly smaller, so they may be easier to handle as compared to the latter. There are quite a number of expert guitarists who prefer the Auditorium or Grand Auditorium over the Dreadnought or Jumbo.

Style
If you’re especially concerned of style, you may be interested in having a guitar with a cutaway design. such guitars have a “decorative” removal of a portion of the body, allowing easy access to upper frets. Though it may affect the volume and tone, such options are becoming more and more popular due to trends of style. In fact, these varieties are becoming more and more spotted on stage performances.

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