Acoustic Guitar Reviews

The acoustic guitar is a famed and ancient instrument. Most of us hear the words “acoustic guitar” and nowadays think of sitting around a campfire with friends having a sing along, or singer songwriters and folk musicians on stage singing with all their hearts of the pleasant sounds of the strumming acoustic guitars.

While those ideas are steeped in reality, the history of the acoustic guitar can be traced back for over 4000 years dating back to the ancient Lute and Lire. In the Middle Ages, Gitterns were developed from the Lute to be one of the first small plucked acoustic guitars, forming the guitar shape that we know and love today.

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In Spain, leading up to the Renaissance, the Spanish invented the Vehuelas which was another step towards the sound and shape of the acoustic guitar as we know it today.

Credit for the modern acoustic guitar in form and structure is credited to the Spaniard Antonio Torres Jurado around 1850. Since then the styles of acoustic guitars has evolved to include Baroque guitars, romantic guitars, classical guitars, gypsy guitars, flamenco guitars, steel string acoustic guitars, twelve string acoustic guitars, resonator guitars, arch top guitars, lap steel guitars, lap slide guitars, matchbox guitars, parlor guitars, harp guitars, Picasso guitars, acoustic bass guitars, banjo guitars and more.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s the acoustic guitar was front and center in the emergence of folk music with bands and musicians like Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, and more. Even the originals of Rock and Roll with musicians like Elvis, embraced the acoustic guitar as the messenger of rock.

Today the acoustic guitar is still a important part of music even despite the emergence of electronic music. Musicians like Dave Matthews, Jack White and Ed Sheehan feature the acoustic guitar at the heart of their music.

The acoustic guitar is quintessential to music as we know it. While the acoustic guitar has been around for thousands of years, some musicians that have made the tones of the acoustic guitar popular include:

Bob Dylan
Dave Matthews of Dave Matthews Band
Jack White of The White Stripes
Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel
Eric Clapton
Neil Young
Stephen Still of Crosby Stills and Nash
Johnny Cash
James Taylor
Paco de Lucia
Eric Johnson
John Mayer
Ed Sheeran
John Butler
Jason Mraz
Jack Johnson
Ben Howard
Tom Morello of Audio Slave and Rage Against The Machine
Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead
Bruce Springsteen
David Grisman

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