Acoustic Guitar Sizes: Know what body style and size "fits" before you buy
What will happen if you buy the wrong size or one that is just a bit off-size for your needs?
This 1 question will help you determine the right size of acoustic guitar for your next purchase. Keep this question firmly in the forefront of your mind while doing your research, as it will help keep you on the right track, without getting distracted with all of the promotional ideas and reviews that you read.
That number 1 question is:
Why is the acoustic body size important in your specific purchase decision?
A list of potential reasons you are considering acoustic guitar size as most important.
- You need a travel size to take with you whenever and wherever you
- You are buying for a child, teen, or smaller framed person
- You want a guitar more suitable for a larger person
- You want something that will have the right sound for the kind of music you are playing
- You want more bass, more treble, or more balance from your acoustic guitar sound
- You don't have a lot of room to keep one- student away at college or living in small quarters
- You're a closet guitar player and want to hide it!
Keeping that question in mind, let's continue reviewing different body sizes, models and their benefits / drawbacks
Acoustic guitar body sizes and styles differ between manufacturers. The C.F. Martin Company has been at the forefront of setting trends in body styles and sizes, and many companies have followed suit with their standards as a solid foundation,and altering their designs to creat custom sizes and styles. The following describes some of the common acoustic guitar body sizes and styles, and shares a little bit about the sound and tone profiles. These profiles do not follow Martins standards to a tee, but do exhibit some of the most commonly used acoustic guitar body sizes and styles used, many having been influenced by the Martin Guitar Company.
This simple guide will help you understand different acoustic guitar body sizes and styles, to help you find the best fit for your personal comfort and playability, as well as the desired sound.
When it comes to acoustic guitars, one size certainly does not fit all! Let's review many popular sizes and styles to see which might be the best for you.
While doing your research on the right acoustic guitar size for you or for another (as a potential gift), be sure to answer firmly in your mind the answer to this one question.
Some good "fits" - Reasons to buy a travel size acoustic guitar
Some quality, well reviewed traveler guitars include (but are not limited to:
The trusty traveler guitar: There are many makes and models, and of those that we reviewed, some that are cheaply priced (i.e. under $150) are just that- cheap. Traveler guitars come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and some more complex models offer foldaway design that buckle at the neck joint. Additionally, there are acoustic electric models if you desire the flexibility of plugging in. First, it is best to determine "why" you are seriously considering a travel guitar before getting into the research. Answer that question for yourself first, and it could steer you away from a specific traveler guitar and toward a different size acoustic guitar body. Also, it might re-affirm your choice. Consider the following questions:
Are you buying a traveler guitar for any of the following reasons:
- I want a decent small, traveler guitar to take with me on vacation, road or boat trips
- I want a guitar small enough for my son, daughter or student
- I want a traveler because I am a musician and want to keep my skills honed
- I want to purchase it as a gift for someone
- I need a guitar that won't disturb the neighbors
What is the number 1 reason you are considering a travel size guitar?
Some good reasons to buy a traveler guitar:
- You want a small guitar to travel with
- You are not concerned about recording quality
- You want to hack around and play while on vacation
- You are not concerned with strong sound projection
Some NOT SO GOOD reasons that should require a little more research for your decision
- You want a small guitar for a kid
- You want to save money
- You want something convenient to travel and record with
- You're a beginner looking for a beginner guitar to grow with
- A friend of yours has one and you think it's pretty cool
If you are considering it for just playing around, traveling, or you desire a more "quiet guitar" because of the living situation or neighbor issues, this kind of guitar might be the right choice.
However, if you want a small guitar that will give the quality of sound you might expect from a larger guitar, or if you are considering this style as the first beginner guitar for a child or student, you may want to consider other models that are more typical of a guitar suitable for learning, recording or for growing and developing better skills.
If you are considering a traveler or mini guitar, be sure to read reviews of people who own models that range between $40 - $500, because you will find various reasons to stay away from some of the cheaper models that are under$150. Some of these guitars that are made that cheaply are not much better than toys in quality, sound and crafstmanship, and at this model and price range, you will get what you pay for. By investing an extra $100 - $200, you can find some fine travelers and minis that will more than accomplish the job, and in fact, some professionals choose certain travelers and minis over others for playability, quality, performance and recording reasons.
Some good "fits" - Reasons to buy a mini size acoustic guitar
Some top reviewed quality mini acoustic guitars
Some good "fits" - Reasons to buy a Parlor size acoustic guitar
Some top reviewed quality Parlor Size acoustic guitars
Some good "fits" - Reasons to buy a Tenor size acoustic guitar
Gold Tone TG-18 Tenor Guitar (Four String, Natural) (solid wood)
Some good "fits" - Reasons to buy an Auditorium size acoustic guitar
00028 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar (Martin Guitar)
Some good "fits" - Reasons to buy the Grand Auditorium (Taylor) or Grand Performance (Martin)
Some good "fits" - Reasons to buy an Orchestra size acoustic guitar
Some good "fits" - Reasons to buy the Dreadnought (standard)
Some good "fits" - Reasons to buy the Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
Some good "fits" - Reasons to buy the Grand Jumbo Acoustic Guitar