What should I look for when purchasing an acoustic guitar?
There are several factors to consider when purchasing your first acoustic guitar including:
- Body style
How does the guitar feel when you play it? Does it feel too big or too small? Find a style that feels most comfortable to you.
- Sound (Resonation and projection)
Have someone else play the guitar and pay attention to the guitar’s projection. Is it clear when the guitar is played loudly? Does the guitar still project well when played softly? How do the high and low tones sound?
- Check intonation and action
To check the action of a guitar, get eye-level with the 12th fret. Generally, you want to make sure there isn’t a noticeable difference in the distance between the 5th and 12th fret.
To check the intonation, play a chord, then play the same chord starting on the 14th fret. You want them to sound exactly the same.
- Look for any physical flaws