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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Playing Classical Guitar Pieces on a Steel-String Guitar

I'm an acoustic guitar player but have recently developed an interest in classical guitar. I'm not quite at liberty to buy a classical guitar (with nylon strings and what not) and the stool thingy, ...
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Strings too stiff on a recently purchased acoustic guitar | Cort AD880CE

I have been playing acoustic guitar for almost 5 years and I wanted to upgrade to a better guitar. After some research and hands-on testing I purchased a Cort AD880CE. But after 2-3 days practice I ...
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Why do almost all modern Classical Guitars use a slotted headstock?

The benefits of a slotted headstock (left picture) over an unslotted one with vertically arranged tuning posts (right picture) seem to be largely subjective (The biggest advantage is problably that ...
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Is it good/bad to play guitar with low tension string?

When I started playing my acoustic(at an early age) I tuned the guitar just by matching notes. Like, matching the note of 5th fret of 6th string to open fret of 5th string and so on. I didn't used ...
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Why do my calluses have dimples?

I play the acoustic guitar casually. I have a regular sized Yamaha dreadnaught guitar, steel stringed. I play on average 3-4 times a week, and practice anywhere between 15 min to 1.5 hr. I don't ...
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Guitar Acoustic Best Practice for chords hand

I am new to acoustic guitar . What is best practice for chords hand ? I want to improve my chords' hand speed .
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Can i use a chord scale in key signature like CDEFGABC: A CHORD SCALE

To play a song in key is there a possibility of playing a scale of chord in key signature. For example c major key CDEFGABC: In this A is the major 6, can i use A major scale A,B,C#,D,E,F#,G#,A with ...
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How can I play my Venus Special without hurting my fingers?

I have a Venus Special. It looks good but it is hard to play. My fingers hurt while playing the guitar. What is the solution?
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Fighting against the F Chord

Ok, first off, let me introduce myself: my name is Diego and I've been practising guitar(acoustic with metal strings) for about a month and a half, like five hours the day. Well, to the point: ...
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Get an electric guitar sound without an amp?

I was wondering if it is possible to get an electric guitar (used with, say an overdrive pedal) sound with an acoustic-type guitar without the use of an amp. Similar to how resonator guitars sound ...
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Does soundhole placement affect guitar tone?

For example, this guitar have 2 soundhole: 1 in front, 1 in side: Then, this guitar have only have 1 soundhole, in side: Or even I've seen guitar with 2 soundhole in the sides of the neck (on top)....
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How do you identify a good acoustic guitar?

What do you look for when going for a guitar? I own an acoustic and am looking for a better one. What should I be looking for? Wood quality, brand, strings, etc.?
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Does the size or shape of the resonance hole affect the tone?

If I were to change the size or shape of the resonance hole of a guitar, how would it affect the sound of it? Would it be totally ruined or is it only a matter of retuning it?
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How to choose the right pick?

How should I choose the right pick thickness and what are the differences between them? I'm using a 0.5 m pick for extra light strings, but I don' t like it very much. What is the best pick ...
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What do I need to record an acoustic guitar?

I want to try recording some music and i'm just wondering , how .. What do i need to record my acoustic guitar as a beginner ? ( i mean hardware and software ) .
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Did i choose the right guitar to start my journey? [closed]

Sometimes when i play my guitar i have feelings like why i went to a Yamaha store and I didn't buy a Fender or Taylor ? My guitar is Yamaha f310 but I'm just wondering if i choosed the right guitar ...
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guitar strings still hurt my fingers after 6 months of play

i have been practicing my guitar for over 6 months , i use extra light gauge and also built calluses , but strings still hurt my fingers ! Any tips please ?
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Fret buzzing sound

I need help with my acoustic guitar because it keeps buzzing , any tips to stop it forever ? and how to distinguish if this is a bad quality guitar or there is something need fix ? . The neck looks ...
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what are the benefits of sound hole pickups?

1-What are the benefits of sound hole pickups? and how to choose one ? 2- Does it sound like electric guitar ?! . I'm not sure if i really have to try it .
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Why some guitarists add a plastic gizmo in the guitar's sound hole?

I've seen so many people add something made of plastic in the sound hole of a guitar, but I don't know what it's called. So what is this and why do they use it?
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Is it a bad habit that I don't play guitar using my pinkie?

I don't play guitar with my pinkie and its been over 8 months now and I am starting to worry... Advice?
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oil conditioner use inside sound box

For a low-end guitar is there a product that can be used inside the sound box to keep the wood conditioned without risking damage to wood or glue. The recently found instrument is 30+ years old; its ...
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Can I Teach Myself to Play Guitar?

Is it possible for me to teach myself to play guitar and be a good guitarist without music private lessons ?? for example : i play everyday for half an hour , and I try to play my favourite song by ...
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Why do barre chords sound bad when I play them

When I try to play one of my favourite songs, I get nervous when I know that it contains a barre chord, because they sound bad on my guitar. Other chords sound good. strings gauge : Extra Light / ...
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High action VS Low action

Can someone compare between high action and low action on guitar and which one is better , i don't know too much about them.
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Guitar Buzzing on Chords. Is this Guitar Problem or Mine?

I have bought a new YAMAHA F310 Guitar Yesterday, today when i played it i found that it is producing some buzzing noise around the Bridge but only when i play some chords(Open Strings are doing Fine)....
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Re-setting up a guitar

My new guitar is Yamaha f310. The original strings were medium but I changed them to extra light .. because I found them easier to play, and have a brighter sound ! But all I hear is a buzzing sound, ...
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Adjusting the saddle

I changed my strings'gauge from Meduim to Extra Light , Do i have to Adjust the saddle and the strings height for lower ? i mean if i'm using extra light gauge , what string height is right for me ...
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Guitar practice - Are you able to play chords with a pick?

I find it much, much much much easier to play melodically with a pick. I started out with a pick, and never tried to learn how to finger pick. However, I find that, in trying to play chords, using my ...
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A sound effect on the acoustic guitar

It can be heard, for example, in the intro of Ed Sheeran's "The A Team", 0:34, in the middle of the Queen's guitar solo of "Love of My Life", 2:54. What's the name of this short bright sound and ...
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How to prevent the extra tone from the upper part of the guitar

I have a problem with my technique especially when tapping the higher notes. There is always a tone from the upper part of the fretboard that I don't want, but having a hard time muting it. Any ideas?
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guitar cabinet: why not just use a PA speaker cabinet?

I've been thinking about building myself a rackmount rig to replace an old 12" combo amp, and was wondering if it really makes any difference to use a something that's marketed as a "guitar" speaker ...
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Problem with choosing the right string gauge - switch from medium to extra light?

I am beginner acoustic guitar player .. My current guitar' strings are "medium" ,, but I found them hard to play, they make buzzing sound, that's why I hate my guitar now -_- and i'm thinking of ...
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Is it safe to use distortion or overdrive with an acoustic amp?

I'm running an acoustic/electric guitar into a small Fishman acoustic amp, and need a little boost sometimes. I've considered using an overdrive pedal I have, but I want to make sure it's okay to do ...
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Would the induced tension be approximately equal on an acoustic guitar for electric and acoustic strings of the same gauge?

Consider a set of electric strings and a set of acoustic strings. If their gauge are the same, would the electric ones in general induce less tension than the acoustic ones? Moreover, if the acoustic ...
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What defines the loudness of an acoustic guitar?

I would like a loud sound without any amplification (purely acoustic sound). Which guitar traits affect it? Do you recommend any particular styles or brands of guitar? I assume that guitars with ...
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How does the guitar demonstrate volume?

I am doing a project in music where we have to make our own instrument and i have chosen to make a guitar. One of the questions we have to answer is; Explain how your instrument demonstrates the ...
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What is this guitar trick of partially touching the strings called?

I tried to recreate it but could not. What is this trick called? He seems to be semi-touching the strings to make this strange cool string sound. What is the name of this trick? How exactly is it ...
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Why acoustic-guitar often use direct output instead of amp miking while on-stage?

When I'm performing a song (well, any) on stage, with an acoustic-electric guitar, the soundman tells me that I should use direct output into the mixer, but when I ask for it to be plugged into an amp ...
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How to not to break string of guitar while tuning?

I have been playing guitar for 3-4 months and I use online tuning websites to tune my guitar. But last week, I broke a string while tuning the guitar. Then I went to shop and got new one. When I was ...
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Guitar String Width for Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought

I've a Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar since 2008. It's not equal to the site, but it's the closest to mine in the site. I've changed the strings width of it so much I can't remember the ...
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Altering the sound of a guitar to match a sitar

I'm interested in altering my guitar to give it a more sitar-like sound. I've stumbled upon this video below and am wondering how dangerous this would be to my ...
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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 ...