Discriminating between the Bad vs. Good Acoustic Guitar

Benefits of having an Acoustic Guitar

If you’re ready to pay for good quality acoustic guitar, you will get some great features:

  • High quality sounds:

This is one of the most important factors that have increased value of guitar. The best guitar always has a very nice and full rich deep sounds because it made by special solid woods only for acoustic guitar like Rosewood, Spruce, Mahogany, Koa, Maple, etc.

Some famous guitar brands has some models with very good quality sounds for beginners and students like Yamaha FG series, Jasmine of Takamine. Additionally, an acoustic guitar with high quality sounds that help you recognize the tone quickly and ear for music better. You have never improved your guitar skills with “cheap” acoustic-guitar-sounds.

  • Easy to play:

It is very nessesary not only for beginners but for guitarists. Easy to play is meant low action (the distance between strings to neck of guitar) so you can blend strings or press and play chords with easy and effortless.

  • Nice finish:

If you look a low price guitar and then a good guitar you will find out the big difference of finish. When you touch a good acoustic guitar from famous brands you will feel luxurious and exquisite in design.

Of course, a nice finish acoustic guitar that encourage you practice and playing it frequently. May be your friends will “envy” when see your acoustic guitar too.

  • Reliability & Durability:

So many no-name brand’s acoustic guitars out there which ready for lie you and their customer about quality of guitar. It’s too bad when you have a mistaken choice because you will not pleased with it for short period playing and then it may be destroyed your passion with guitar or pay more for another high quality acoustic guitar.

With some big best acoustic guitar brands like Yamaha, Jasmine of Takamine, Epiphone, Gibson, Taylor, Ibanez, Martin, Fender, Johnson, Ovation, etc. You can completely set your mind at rest about that because you not only pay for warranty of quality but pay for a guarantee for a brand.

What is the Good Acoustic Guitar?

Laminated wood vs. Solid wood: Generally, solid wood will produce sound better than laminated wood because it is not as nice resonant as solid wood. A guitar with all solid wood is so expensive and all laminated wood is not as good sound as solid wood. When combine of both, solid wood top and laminated back and side, that will give better guitar with affordable price. Yamaha FG series, for instance, it is the best choice for beginners when combining excellently of both.


  • Solid wood is best suit for top side which has the greatest impact on the guitar sounds. If the top side of acoustic guitar can resonate and vibrate nicely, the whole guitar will give good quality sound.
  • Laminated wood is good for back and side because it is less be influenced by ambiend of humidy and temperature, so your guitar will be durable and flexible, you can play it anywhere from in a campfire to studio.

Although the wood will appraise the quality sound of an acoustic guitar, but it does not mean that you only choose guitar made from quality wood, which is that all for good quality acoustic guitar. The value of best acoustic guitar depends on a lot of another things such as wood-treatment method, craftsmanship, guitar-building techniques, brands, warranty, guarantee and so on. For instance, all solid wood with Sitka Spruce top, Rosewood back and side but some one has only $$$ price and other has $$$$ price (Blueridge BR-180).

Acoustic Guitar Body Shape:

The size and body shape will influences both the sound and playability of an acoutic guitar. Choosing a right one that help you are more comfortable playing.

  • Classic body (Auditorium or Concert):

It is much more similar to the traditional classical guitar in size and shape. It is smaller than dreadnought body and look like a hourglass body. The overall tone of it is well balanced through all the notes and It also deliver a clear tone and a strong voice too. Classic body is a favorite of those who love to play finger-style.

  • Dreadnought body:

It is most popular, known as “a standard” acoustic guitar body shape because of its versatility and most of acoustic guitar has this shape. The dreadnought is best for hard-strumming and flat-picking due to their great balance in the bass, mid, and treble ranges.

  • Jumbo body:

It is largest body and excels as a rhythm big guitar, chords, plenty of voice and outstanding balance tone. Because of big body shape, it is not as flexible as dreadnought body.

  • Cutaway vs. non Cutaway style:

With cutaway style, you can access to the high frets easily on the guitar neck, that good for people who want to play flamenco or solo with many upper frets. Non cutaway or standard guitar has full rich deep sound than cutaway but the difference is only little. If you are beginners, maybe a standard acoustic guitar is better!

Generally, bigger guitars will deliver louder volume. The size has a big role on the volume, however the overall design and construction of body have the greatest effect on tone than size or shape of an acoustic guitar.

Discriminating between a Good Acoustic Guitar vs. a Bad Acoustic Guitar

There are several ways you can determine whether an acoustic guitar is good or bad for a beginner:

  • Price

Look for is a guitar manufactured by a top name brand that is roughly in the range of $100-300 USD. A guitar under $100 is almost certainly worthless, and a $500 acoustic guitar is probably either over-priced or higher quality than what a beginner needs. You should read another article about Top 10 Best Acoustic Guitars under $500 for Beginners, this list that I had  after researching and reading a lot of acoustic-guitar-buyer reviews.

  • New vs. Used?

Buying a used guitar may seem like a good idea because you may be able to get a better guitar for your money, or pay less for the same quality guitar you were going to buy new. Then again, as a beginner, how do you really know? Many things may be wrong with an older guitar, and it may not have been treated well (kept in reasonable temperature conditions, kept in tune most of the time, kept at a proper humidity level, and otherwise treated carefully).

Therefore, given these unknowns, I recommend buying a new guitar for successfully beginning your new hobby. If you do buy a used guitar, buy it from a very reputable dealer who sells only high-quality used guitars and can tell you about each guitar’s pluses and minuses.

  • Number of strings

Although you can buy guitars with as many as twelve (12) strings, a guitar with six (6) strings is classic and standard for most purposes, and it is definitely standard for beginners. I highly recommended that you purchase a guitar designed for six (6) strings for a beginning player—more is not better in this case!

  • Body shape

A classical shape guitar is the standard, almost hour-glass shape with a flat back that you think of when you think of a generic guitar, and it is perfect for beginners and all players alike. Note that some acoustic guitar makers cut out the body of the guitar to allow beginners to easily access the highest-pitch frets.

Unfortunately, this actually causes the guitar to produce a different sound and does little to help the student learn correctly, so I do not recommend buying a guitar with this body shape. Also, the deeper dreadnought and jumbo guitar shapes are not appropriate for beginners, though they are fine guitars with a rich sound for more experienced players.

  • Proportion near the soundhole

Look for a guitar that does NOT increase the space or distance between the strings and the fretboard as you approach the hole—this is sign of a poorly made guitar that will be more difficult to play.The strings should be the same distance from the fretboard along the entire length of the neck.

  • Buzzing sounds

Even on a good guitar, buzzing sounds might occur if it is set up improperly. If you suspect this is the case, or if your guitar ever begins to buzz after you have owned it for awhile, it needs adjustment. Start by adjusting the bridge to see if that fixes the problem, but if not then a professional at a good music store will need to set it up for you.

Ideally you’d like a luthier—a professional craftsman who specializes in this sort of thing—to set it up for you. When a guitar is properly set up (not straight out of the box!), make sure that you don’t hear buzzing sounds between the strings and the frets. Pay particular attention to the first string on the third and 13th frets, where it is most likely to buzz.

Final Remarks

A good acoustic guitar has own unique sound and tone. Additionally, every model is provided with some additional or unique features which you can’t find out in the other.

Why you do not buy any cheap and low quality acoustic guitar? The reason is the same any other products, “you get what you pay for ”, if you buy BAD and cheap acoustic guitars you may get buzz sounds, limited using by the low quality and it will destroy your passion soon.


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