What’s the difference between acoustic guitar and classic guitar?

What’s the difference between acoustic guitar and classic guitar? Please answer soon as possible.

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A classical guitar is one type of acoustic guitar. It is used almost exclusively for playing classical music. It uses nylon strings, has a wide, flat fretboard, a slot head, a tie bridge, the neck joins the body at the 12th fret, and uses light body bracing.

The most common acoustic guitar is a steel string flattop guitar. It can be used for playing a wide variety of music from pop to rock to folk to bluegrass, and more. In general it uses steel strings, has a narrower, radiused fretboard, a solid head, a pin bridge, the neck joins the body at the 14th fret, and has heavier body bracing to compensate for the higher tension of the steel strings.

Either guitar can be and is played professionally.

To sum up: unless you’re interested in playing classical music, get a steel string flattop guitar.
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on: 30th August 10

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3 Responses to What’s the difference between acoustic guitar and classic guitar?

  1. victoriaawilsonn says:

    A classical guitar is one type of acoustic guitar. It is used almost exclusively for playing classical music. It uses nylon strings, has a wide, flat fretboard, a slot head, a tie bridge, the neck joins the body at the 12th fret, and uses light body bracing.

    The most common acoustic guitar is a steel string flattop guitar. It can be used for playing a wide variety of music from pop to rock to folk to bluegrass, and more. In general it uses steel strings, has a narrower, radiused fretboard, a solid head, a pin bridge, the neck joins the body at the 14th fret, and has heavier body bracing to compensate for the higher tension of the steel strings.

    Either guitar can be and is played professionally.

    To sum up: unless you’re interested in playing classical music, get a steel string flattop guitar.

  2. Penny says:

    The classic guitar is a type of acoustic guitar. The acoustic guitar is one that only uses acoustic methods to project the sound produced by its strings, so no amps plugged in to these. There are two types basically: classic and steel-string. The classic guitar uses nylon strings, which are the traditional strings on guitars. Steel-strings are a descend of this guitar (hence the nylon string being the classic). But, both are acoustic guitars.

    The classic guitar, as I mentioned, has nylon strings. These are softer, lower tension strings which are usually finger plucked versus the steel-string being strum with a pick. Classical guitars are generally used to play classical, Latin, flamenco, Spanish and jazz styles. The steel string is more often used in blues, folk, pop and country.

    Due to the string difference, the classical guitar has a quieter, yet rounder and smoother tone than the steel-string, which has usually a louder and brighter sound. The neck of a classical guitar is wider as well, which allows for the complex fingerwork and chord combinations guitarists use.

    Hope this helps!

  3. frode_jakobsen says:

    Penny is 100% correct 🙂

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