The best selling guitar of all time is an acoustic: the Yamaha FG. This tells us something about the universal popularity of acoustic guitars, from the humblest beach guitar to the legendary Martin D-45. Martin stopped producing the D-45 in 1942, not resuming the line again until 1968. Good condition, pre-WWII models now sell for a quarter-million dollars or more. But if you want a high quality acoustic at a down-to-earth price, it’s hard to beat the Yamaha FG series, which can be bought new for under $300.
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Evolution of the Acoustic Guitar
Acoustic guitars have been around, in one form or another, for hundreds of years, but that doesn’t mean that innovation is no longer possible. In the 1960s, American aeronautical engineer Charles Kaman created the parabolic-backed Ovation guitar. That guitar’s new shape and synthetic back material increased volume and gave the instrument a unique tone. To really appreciate the splendid sound of a good Ovation, check out master guitarist Adrian Legg’s amazing technique on this video
Innovation in the acoustic guitar continues to this day with examples such as the Babicz, (pronounced BAB-bits), which anchors strings through the body in a fan pattern near the edges. This unique method of construction allows lighter internal bracing which in turn enhances resonance. Good quality, folding-neck acoustic guitars are now available for easy transportation.
Classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, rock and more – the acoustic guitar has been a mainstay of music throughout the ages.
Artistic Design – Inlays and Carved Guitar Bodies
It’s not just about sound, either…evidenced by the visual artistry in a Harvey Leach guitar or one from Blueberry. For a peek at how intricate these guitar designs can be just type in “Harvey Leach guitar” or “Blueberry guitar” in search then click on the images option at the top of any search page. You will be blown away at the amazing designs found there.
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