A Guide to Acoustic Guitar Tonewoods

Acoustic Guitar Tonewoods

The term ‘Tonewood’ is used to describe wood used in the construction of stringed instruments, chosen for their acoustic properties. In the following article we’re going to explore the world of acoustic guitar tonewoods, and explain how different characteristics of timber such as density, moisture, strength and flexibility influence how an acoustic guitar sounds.

How does a resonator guitar work?

How does a resonator work

Resonator guitars work by transferring the vibrations from the strings of the guitar, through the bridge directly to a metal cone (or cones), known as a ‘resonator’ cone located within the guitars body. Resonator guitars can feature single cones (biscuit or spider style) or three cones (tricones) which are connected through a T shaped aluminium … Read more

Why do acoustic guitars need batteries?

Why do acoustic guitars need batteries

Ever wondered why acoustic guitars needs batteries but your electric doesn’t? It’s not magic, most acoustic guitars use a different type of pickup system to electric guitars, and while this more accurately captures the natural characteristics of the guitar, the signal is much weaker. Because of this, acoustic guitars often require the additional boost in … Read more

Who invented the acoustic guitar?

Who Invented The Acoustic Guitar

The first six string acoustic guitar is believed to have been developed in Italy by Italian luthier Gaetano Vinaccia. However the design and standardisation of the modern acoustic guitar, is credited to Spanish Luthier Antonio Torres Jurado. While the evolution of the guitar began perhaps thousands of years earlier, Antonio Torres Jurado working in Sevile, … Read more

Why do acoustic guitars have sound holes?

Why do acoustic guitars have holes

Ever wondered why your acoustic guitar has that big old hole right in the middle? Forever the source of frustration, the sarlacc of plectrums, the sound hole actually plays a big role in how an acoustic guitar produces sound, or perhaps more accurately, amplifies sound. In the following article we’re going to take a closer … Read more