An acoustic guitar is a guitar that uses only acoustic methods to project the sound produced by its strings, as opposed to one that requires an amplifier.

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Is my Yamaha guitar counterfeit?

I bought a new Yamaha Guitar and When you look inside the guitar hole it looks like the model number is written by hand. Can you please tell me if this one is a fake one or not? The number written on ...
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How to check an acoustic guitar is solid top or not?

How do i check that a guitar is solid top or laminated top? Are there any huge differences in the sound and appearance so that i can differentiate between them? I want to buy a solid top guitar and i ...
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Is there such a thing as an electric-ONLY acoustic guitar?

I am a total noob to guitar (nay, music) in my adult years. I find that I play a lot at night when the rest of the house wants to sleep or at the very least not hear my terrible guitar playing. I play ...
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Standing up acoustic guitar playing position for women

It goes without saying that women typically have different body types than men and this fact often never gets addressed when guitarists are speaking on how to position a guitar when standing up. It ...
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Struggling to switch chords when fingerstyle / arpeggio

So for the life of me I am struggling to switch chords with my left hand while picking a fingerstyle pattern. have been playing a bit over 6 months :( When I'm playing chords with a flatpick I can ...
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Is this old, possibly Musima classic guitar worth keeping?

I got a 1960-something Musima classic for 40 dollars on a flea market, I believe it is a classic (I can't find any information on the guitar anywhere, but it looks like a musima classic) but the ...
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Right-handed newbie with dodgy left index finger tip (knuckle) - What to do?

I have never played guitar or had any lessons in my life, and at the ripe old age of 40, I just decided I wanted to learn how to play. So this week I just bought a Yamaha F310 as it seemed to be ...
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Strength / speed exercises for rasgueado

I'm trying to learn the rasgueado strumming technique, but I just can't get my fingers to "snap" out with enough power to get an effective sound; is this just something that comes with practice or are ...
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Beginnging Music Theory - What are scales and why should I learn them? [duplicate]

Background I'm looking for help with respect to where I could start learning music in general as a guitarist. I can play some simple songs and melodies I taught myself, understand what notes map to ...
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Buzz from inside the body of a new acoustic guitar when playing a specific note

I bought an electro-acoustic guitar last week and i've been playing quite a bit. Today I noticed there was a slight buzz on the 5th String 3rd fret (C) and the 6th String 8th fret (C) ...
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Is it possible to tune a short scale (22.4") acoustic guitar up to ADGCEa with 10-47 strings?

I'm considering getting this guitar: http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_ds_10_mini.htm?ref=search_rslt_benton+mini_321012_0 According to the description, the scale is 568mm (~22.36") and it comes ...
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Factors in choosing a replacement saddle for an acoustic guitar.

I saw this in the comments section on the question "Do acoustic or classical guitars need to be set up?" The saddle material makes a difference in the sound of an acoustic too. I have a bit of a ...
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Why do guitar transducers howl when run through guitar pedals?

I play both acoustic and rock music on an acoustic guitar fitted with K&K piezoelectric transducers. When I plug the acoustic guitar into my electric guitar rig the amp starts howling almost ...
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12 String Guitars - Some Information?

So I've been playing the guitar for a while, and I'm comfortable with different styles of music (classical, blues, a bit of jazz, folk etc.) and I have a few different guitars (an acoustic steel ...
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How do I play chords silently with a plectrum?

I've been playing acustic guitar fingerstyle and kind-of-"nail-strumming". Using my fingers, I can play chords in whatever loudness I desire. Now that I've started to use picks, I can barely hear my ...
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Does the typical headstock design of acoustic guitars negatively impact the sound or tone of the strings?

Almost all of my acoustic guitars have the tuning post arranged either in a straight line like this: Or fanned out like this: This design requires the strings to deviate dramatically from a ...
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Acoustic guitar: How to stop right index finger nail from wearing away?

My nails tend to chip and crack when playing steel-string acoustic guitar. Cracking and ripping can be kept partially in-check by keeping my nails well-trimmed. However, a far worse problem is that ...
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Save Tonight - sounds wrong

I been trying to learn and master my first guitar piece, which is Save Tonight, by Eagle Eye Cherry. The following image what I have done to see the chords easier for myself. This is the youtube link ...
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Is there a tuning that gives open Maj7 chords?

A song I'm playing with (Ordinary People by John Legend) basically has a 3-chord pattern BbMaj7, EbMaj7, FMaj7. I can strum these as barre chords OK but not reliably finger-pick, and as I'd like a ...
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Problem with F minor 7 guitar chord [duplicate]

I am having some problem with an E-shaped F minor 7th barre chord. No matter what I do, it seems impossible to barre 5 strings (and even if I manage somehow to do it, it's very shaky and not clean at ...
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What is the best way to learn Guitar? [closed]

I am 22 years old, and have basic knowledge about guitar, like basic chords and a few strumming patterns, whereas I am not strong in playing barre chords. I want to ask that what is the best way from ...
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What does this chord/number means?

Being a complete newbie at playing guitar( Got it on last weekend), I'm trying to learn a simple christmas song. From this site: I do not know what does 7 means, is it referring to 7 string guitars ...
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Can I play a 12 string like a 6 string guitar?

I have a cheap 6-string guitar. I want to get a new one and am considering a 12-string guitar. What are the differences between 12- and 6-string guitars? Can I use a 12-string like a 6-string? Will ...
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is there a way to fix Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup cable?

A friend that visited the States got it for me, but after half hour of using it I believe the cable got broken. Now it sounds with a buzz everytime I use it. Is there a way to replace the cable? ...
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Is this old Soviet era guitar worth keeping?

I had found on my grandfather basement this old acoustic guitar (6-string) which has no brand, no attached paper to show specifications or manufacture source I mean but a tiny sticker on behind says "...
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My guitar plays out of tune on the high e on fretted notes up the neck

I have a 1980 Washburn prairie song custom. I seem to remember it playing perfectly when I first started taking lessons, but about 2 years ago my guitar teacher gave me some strings, and after I ...
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Will switching tunings affect my guitar's action or truss rod?

I have an ovation acoustic guitar. It's only about a year or two old. However it's always had terrible action (though this might be an issue with its been width). It was so bad that I was tuning to D ...
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Lightest gauge strings for a 12-string acoustic?

I recently purchased a 12-string acoustic guitar. I've played guitar for 40-odd years, being very familiar with 6-string acoustics AND electrics and I also have played many a 12-string, both electric ...
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It's really hard to press my acoustic guitar strings and I can't figure out why

I recently bought a Seagull entourage rustic, after trying it out in a store. It was really easy to play. The one I ordered (2nd hand), however, is really hard to play. I can't play a barre F chord in ...
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Single string picking speed [duplicate]

I've been wondering how you improve the speed of picking a single string without losing a single stroke. Is there a way to improve this? Sometimes I'm doing good, yet I at least tend to lose couple of ...
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Manufacturer claims guitar's sound will improve the more I play it. Is that true?

I own a Simon & Patrick Woodland Cedar acoustic guitar, and the manufacturer claims that it will sound better the more I play it. I suppose it will sound better since the more I play it the more ...
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What's the difference in sound, between an acoustic guitar with a soundhole magnetic pickup and an electric guitar?

What's the difference in sound, between an acoustic guitar with a soundhole magnetic pickup and an electric guitar? I Know that el. guitars usually have more than one, but is that all? Does the hollow ...
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Rhythmn part of solo guitar arrangements

I have read some tips on solo guitar arrangement that suggest to find melody part, then bass part, then fill in the middle of those 2 parts. I can manage the melody and bass part, but I have no idea ...
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How do Pre War Martin Guitars Differ From Modern Ones?

Pre-war Martin guitars are revered because of their sound. What differences are there between the construction of pre-war Martin guitars, and Martin guitars made now. And are there any companies ...
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Acoustic Guitar in the Live Mix

I play acoustic guitar in a band with drums, electric bass, and electric guitar. I'm often told that I need to switch to electric because nobody can hear my guitar However, I like the sound of ...
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Finger stretching exercises for Guitar learning

I am a beginner Guitar learner and want to play guitar smoothly with all my four fingers. I searched on internet and found below useful links to stretch the fingers: http://www.justinguitar.com/en/...
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How versitile are folk body guitars?

My son has begun classical guitar lessons(he's 8). I'd like to begin playing with him, and so I have begun shopping for a guitar for myself. However, I'm also interested in learning/playing folk ...
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Guitar strings, high action but not touching saddle

I found the action on my acoustic guitar seemed very high and measured it to be >5mm. I read how to lower it and sanded down the saddle. I now have the issue that I sanded so much that the bottom and ...
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Changing guitar chords from the key of flat

I have a song with chords cm-fm-G7-cm-cm-fm-Bb-Eb-fm-G7-cm-Bb-Ab-fm-G-Ab-G7-cm and the chorus is fm-Bb7-Eb-cm/Eb-fm6-cm/Eb-D-G These are pretty difficult to play on guitar and i was wondering what ...
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how to change strings on a jixing acoustic guitar?

There are no tutorial online for changing such strings.Are those small parts at end of string detachable
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How do you decide on a string gauge for an electric guitar?

I have been playing acoustic guitars exclusively for many years now. I generally use 12s for strings. I have been considering trying my hand at electric and was wondering if most guitarists use the ...
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What's the difference between fanned frets and standard frets? [duplicate]

I've seen fanned fret acoustic guitars and basses before but I've also recently seen some fanned fret electrics (specifically, 7 and 8 string guitars that are apparently "perfect for down-tuning"). ...
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How transition smoothly multiple guitar recordings?

I play folk music with my guitar and I am trying to record some tracks. In these songs there are many chords progression so my first attempt was to record them separately and then recreate the right ...
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Does anyone make nylon strings for a standard acoustic guitar (non-classical)?

This may seem crazy, but I really love the sound of nylon strings, and I DO NOT want to buy a classical guitar though. I was wondering if any manufacturer makes nylon strings for a "normal" acoustic ...
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About music practice (Guitar) [closed]

I am a student, learning guitar at home. I want to buy a speaker just for practicing at home and listening sound of guitar strings. I have a simple acoustic guitar. Can you suggest me some speakers/...
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Guitar Resting Position

I am not using my guitar for sometime. It is very new semi acoustic guitar and i want to keep it to rest for sometime. So, for the last two months I am keeping it flat on the ground with strings ...
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G, B, E strings buzzing?

While playing any chord that involves the G, B, and E strings on my acoustic I get a very noticeable buzz. Open, they're fine. I'm pressing down as hard as I can using my fingertips but nothing is ...
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Is there a way to do a tone knob like effect with an acoustic without audio effects?

I'm talking about adding or taking away treble progressively as a note rings. You can ring a string unmuted and then slowly add muting as it rings, to give the impression of the treble decaying. Is ...
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12 to 6 strings on a 12 string guitar?

I have been playing my 12 string guitar for about 40 years and my fingers seem to have recently got fatter, making it harder to hold down individual strings without touching the adjacent ones. Apart ...
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Acoustic Guitar Body Types - Main Differences (Suggested Genres)

I would like you input on the differences between each body type of acoustic guitars and what genre each type is ideal for.