1. Phil
    March 2nd, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    Thank you at last some easy to understand and useful information. I am just off to the shop (literally) and now armed with some useful information.

    Thank you


  2. David Hodge
    March 2nd, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    Hi Phil

    Thanks for writing and I’m glad this article was helpful to you. Best of luck with your shopping and let us know how things turn out. Looking forward to hearing about your new guitar!



  3. Betsy
    March 7th, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    I was glad to get this information about the different guitars. I saw some used guitars in a pawn shop and they looked like they were in good shape and they started at $50.00 up to $160.00. I have always wanted to play guitar and I did buy one yrs ago at a garage sale and had to have some of the strings put on with a new crown (I think that is what it is called). the strings broke and it is sitting in my basement. I am not sure if it is worth fixing it or should I invest in a new/used guitar?


  4. Thang
    June 1st, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    Thank you, David. Very useful for me, I am a begginer and going to get a guitar. The dreadnought looks like a fat lady to me, I don’t really like the shape but very curious about why people keep making a lot of it. Now, I think it makes sense.


  5. Josh
    February 4th, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    I bought a full size Yamaha Eterna classical guitar for $10.00 at a garage sale a few years ago. The guitar is in good shape, but I was wondering if I could convert it into a bass. Since it is a cheap guitar I was thinking of modifying the nut and bridge and fitting the guitar with nylon bass strings. Is this a feat that can be rendered without damaging the guitar?



  6. michael
    February 16th, 2013 @ 12:10 am

    Thank you David for taking the time to write this up. Even though I have been playing over 20 years I still get confused between all the shapes and sizes especially between mini-jumbo, dreadnought, and jumbo. Personally, I can definitely say that when I finally got something other than a dreadnought I noticed a very big improvement in comfort while playing as well as being able to keep my strumming hand centered over the sound hole. I’ve tried many different brand guitars from Taylors, Gibsons, etc. Last year I bought my first mini-jumbo. It is an LTD AC10e guitar for like 250 bucks. Its by far the most comfortable I’ve had as well as being a great sounding guitar. Plus it has jumbo frets which I definitely like. I found this Web site when searching for the difference between mini-jumbo and dreadnought because I was wanting to buy a hard shell case for my LTD since they don’t come with a case. But from the information I have found in this tutorial, and other sites I was able to discern that a mini-jumbo acoustic will fit fine in a dreadnought case. So thanks again.


  7. Neil
    July 11th, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    All very good comments, except for the one about trying in a shop before buying on the net. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that if everyone did this there would quickly be no shops to try them in. Buy online, sure, but the lower price means you take the risk of not liking it.


  8. michaelW
    April 30th, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

    Thank You! You did a very great job of breaking down the different style acoustic guitars and providing other relevant information. I know I definitely benefited from it.


  9. Hilary
    July 25th, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

    thank you! this article was a lot of help.


  10. Vlad
    September 10th, 2014 @ 4:38 am

    Thanks a lot!Really helpful article.


  11. abbie
    September 30th, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

    Hi I am so glad I found this site, I am having all sorts of trouble choosing a suitable guitar, I had a standard off the self dreadnought brought for me for a gift but it was just too big. I am not trying to find something that is suitable…. would you suggest a OM size ( 7/8) I am only 5″2 I love the sound of the dreadnought but it was just so hard to reach everything, I am a total beginner and would love to just play for pleasure but do want to strum more then pick the stings.. thanks so much


  12. bibi
    October 17th, 2014 @ 11:29 am


    Thank you so much for this writeup. This is the easiest one I find so far

    I have bought my first guitar which us a dreadnought but I find my arms aching for days. I also find certain chords and strumming difficult when in certain positions. If I buy a classical guitar will I still get the rich ‘acoustic’ sound? Also, what brand of folk guutar would you recommend?




  13. Kim
    January 27th, 2015 @ 6:25 pm

    Thank you very much for this. Very useful, particularly for a woman. Wished they had told me this when I bought my acoustic guitar more than 15 years ago.


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