Acoustic Guitars - Quality vs. Price
by Kathy Unruh
What type of Acoustic Guitar should you buy?
First of all, you need to realize that a well made "quality" acoustic guitar will almost always have a solid top, back and sides, whereas less expensive models will usually have a laminated top. The problem with having a laminated top is that it will be more prone to cracking or splitting under certain conditions than a solid top would be.
How well a guitar is made will also affect …
Many people have discovered that buying a guitar online can be a great way to save money. But what happens when your brand-new instrument arrives and you can't play it because it isn't set-up right? Well, if this has happened to you, don't panic or think you need to ask for a refund. It may be that your guitar just needs a few adjustments.
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Should you copyright your song? If you're a songwriter, sooner or later you will probably have some questions about doing this. Since I've already "been there, done that" perhaps you can benefit from my experience. Though I am not an expert in the field, I do believe that I have some valuable information to share with you.
I've noticed that a fairly common question among people who frequent songwriting forums is "How do I copyright my song?" which, of course, is quite understandable.
Listening to Alex De Grassi play guitar is a beautiful musical experience. His fingerstyle arrangements are some of the best I've ever heard. The kind of ear candy that takes you to a dreamy place where your soul is filled with wonder and awe...
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A guitar warm-up routine which includes various right and left-hand exercises can be very beneficial for any guitar player, whatever their skill level. In fact, it's probably safe to say that warming-up before playing may even be more necessary for the advanced guitarist than for the beginner.
This video provides a simple exercise you can try right now...
A good warm-up routine will help relax and supple the muscles of your hands so they can perform with greater dexterity and …
ELECTRIC GUITARS HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD!
Electric guitars were first introduced onto the music scene sometime during the 1930's. They began a revolution in sound and technology that still continues into our present day of computers and internet innovation.
After Rock and Roll was born in the 1950's the electric guitar began to grow in popularity. It didn't take long for it to become one of the most coveted instruments of all time.
Things really began to take off when the Beatles …
Have you ever wondered what the best woods for an acoustic guitar might be? I'm not a luthier, but I recently did a little research of my own which may help to shed some light on the subject.
Martin Rosewood Performing Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar
I discovered that the dynamic response of an acoustic guitar, and the sound it produces, are determined by the density of woods used and the overall construction the instrument itself.
Makes perfect sense, right? But did you know that sound travels faster through some woods and slower through others? This little phenomenon effects the overall tone, or "color" of a particular acoustic guitar.
Perhaps you've noticed this yourself if you've ever compared the sound of one guitar with another. For instance, one guitar may sound bright and clear, the other warm and mellow.
Many guitarists know that Sitka Spruce is the most common of the woods used for building the face (top) of an acoustic guitar. This wood was used in Martin's highly prized D28 model and it's high velocity produces a bright, clear tone that has a broad dynamic response.
Red Spruce on the other hand, is heavier. It's grain is the stiffest of all the top woods used for building acoustic guitars. This particular characteristic produces the highest volume with more intricate overtones. That's probably why it's a favorite choice for steel-string acoustic guitar players. All you Bluegrass guitarists out there can really get down and rip it up!
Brazilian Rosewood has often been considered ideal for the sides and back of an acoustic guitar. Not only does it produce rich tones, natural reverb qualities and wonderful clarity, it also has a beautiful appearance. However, due to the high demand for this product the Brazilian Rosewood tree has become a threatened species and is now being protected. This obviously makes the wood more scarce and harder to come by.
But difficult circumstances can be the mother of invention- which leads me to one of …
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