Taylor Guitars releases a free 110-page guide to finding your perfect acoustic guitar.
by Dan Gabel
November 21, 2016
Buying a guitar is a thrilling experience because you're choosing a partner to join you on your musical journey for many years to come. It can also be a daunting experience, with hundreds of choices to make and seemingly endless types of guitars in stores and online. Understanding the most important factors in finding the right guitar can help you save a lot of time and money when you make that all-important purchase.
So Taylor Guitars, who know a thing or two about building guitars for all kinds of players, has released The Definitive Guide to Buying an Acoustic Guitar. This 110-page PDF is free to download and it contains an impressive amount of advice and education about acoustic guitars in general, prepping you for a fruitful guitar shopping experience. You can download your free copy here.
The Buying Guide kicks off with a set of ten questions to help you define your Player Profile. You'll consider how soft/hard you tend to play, your typical playing situations, whether you perform or not, and much more. You'll also explore the overall guitar tone that you gravitate toward, and get advice on the body sizes, wood choices, and other factors that will suit your preferences. All of this helps you articulate what you're looking for in your next guitar.
Taylor includes a detailed discussion of the anatomy of an acoustic guitar and a complete, beautifully illustrated discussion of the tonewoods that are typically used on acoustic guitars. They cover classic tonewoods like mahogany, spruce, and cedar, and alternative tonewoods like sapele and ovangkol that are becoming more popular and widely used.
And you'll learn how to make the most of the guitar shopping experience, with eight tips for test-driving guitars, what to look for if you're shopping online, how to find a high-quality guitar dealer, in-store etiquette, and much more.
Taylor’s Definitive Guide to Buying an Acoustic Guitar is a great resource for anyone interested in acoustic instruments. Check it out and download it free here!
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