Differences between acoustic guitar types


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08-17-2006, 06:23 AM
I would like to get some info about the differences (especially in terms of sound) between the jumbo, dreadnought, western, etc etc acoustic guitars.

A link to some site would be fine.


08-17-2006, 09:03 AM
61 views and nobody knows? WTF?

08-17-2006, 09:09 AM
Dreadnoughts are the most popular shape because they have lots of bass. The people that don't get dreadnoughts usually get something else because they think the dread sounds too "boomy"

Jumbo's have as much bass as a dread but because of the tight waist they tend to sound more ballanced than a dread. Typically Jumbo's are louder than dreads and have more high end. People that do lots of fingerpicking don't usualy like dreads altho I know a lot of people that swear by them even for fingerpicking

Small body guitars such as the OOO, OM, GA, and taylor X14's and X12's have less bass and less volume than a dread but they have a lot of sparkle and clarity that large body guitars don't have. The indevidual notes stand out better and the really cut thru in a mix which makes them great for recording and performing. It also makes them good for finger picking.

Terms like wester, and folk are typically the same as OOO and OM, but sometimes they are talking about 12 fret dreads which have a different body shape than a 14 fret dread. It all depends on the brand that is using the term.

Then you have your very small body guitars. They are refured to as Parlor guitars and the martin sizing is 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. They are smaller than your typiclal OOO or OM guitar and not commen now days unless you get it custome made. If that ever happens it will be at a time that you don't need to ask a question like this.

08-17-2006, 09:15 AM
The materials of the guitar change the tone as much as the shape.

Mahogany back and sides = fast responce and bright

Maple back and sides = tight bright tone and good sustain

Rosewood back and sides = warm bassy tone with sluggish respons but realy good sustain

Sitka spruce top = Bright tight sound that will play in and loosen up and become more warm as you play the guitar.

Cedar top = warm and mellow

Englman = half way between sitka and cedar

If in the product description it doesn't use the word "solid" than the material is a laminate. Laminates loose the majority of the properties of the tonewood and take on the tonal property of the glue that they use. It is inportant to get a solid top. If it just says something like "spruce" or "select spruce" or "tonewood" or whatever, then the top is laminated and you shouldn't get that guitar unless you want to spend less than $200. If the guitar has a solid top it will say "solid". Solid back and sides are not nearly as important and to get a guitar with solid back and sides will typically cost $800 or more.

08-17-2006, 09:26 AM
Thanx a lot, buddy. Looks like youre an expert. But what OOO, OM and GA means.

08-17-2006, 09:54 AM
Thanx a lot, buddy. Looks like youre an expert. But what OOO, OM and GA means.

They are the body sizes that are quoted when you look at a guitars specs, with martins it is usually in the name.

For example a Martin OM28 is a concert style body, similar to that of a classical.

Look around on www.martinguitars.com (http://www.martinguitars.com) for more info (i think there will some stuff on there) or look at www.wikipedia.com (http://www.wikipedia.com) and do a search.


08-17-2006, 06:43 PM
Does anyone here know how to read?

Scroll down into this thread and you'll read all sorts of neat little tidbits of information.