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6 String Acoustic Guitars

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Few instruments in history have had the musical and social impact as the classic 6 string acoustic guitar. With over 4,000 years of recorded history, the acoustic guitar is one of our oldest and most treasured instruments, and now it is time to carve out your piece of musical history with a guitar of your own. When buying a 6 string acoustic guitar, there are a number of factors one should take into account. Most notably, acoustic guitars come in a variety of sizes. From smaller guitars all the way up to the legendary Dreadnought, it's important to find the size that best suits your needs. Also, the shape of the body changes from guitar to guitar with a cut-away design offering you easier access to the upper frets, which is certainly something a lot of players will appreciate. Equally as important to the body is the neck of your guitar. You will want to have a neck that you are comfortable holding in your hand. As a general rule, you can expect the size of your guitar's neck to directly correlate to the size of the body… the smaller the guitar, the smaller the neck. Acoustic necks are usually listed as 12-fret or 14-fret, referring to the total number of frets that clear your guitar's body.As well, different types of wood will produce different types of tone for your guitar. A wide variety of options exist, each of which give you a distinct sound and tone. As you would expect, the quality of a guitar increases with the rarity of the wood used, so you will have plenty of options available to suit your sonic needs. The modern troubadour is alive and well in the music of artists like Jake Bugg and Frank Turner. The 6 string acoustic guitar has always played a crucial role as part of our popular culture, and now is your opportunity to continue the enduring legacy of this musical instrument.

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