Acoustic guitars are the origin of guitar itself. In basic there are two flavours, classical and non-classical. You could say classical guitars are Spanish guitars, or guitars built in the European tradition. Classical guitars always have nylon strings and a fairly wide fretboard in comparison to non-classical guitars. Non-classical guitars are built in the American tradition and are most of the time stringed with steel strings, have a more narrow fretboard and a longer neck and can come in different body shapes. Explore the acoustic world at Max Guitar.
You could say that classical guitars are the European tradition of building guitars and steel-string guitars are the American tradition, descending from the European style. Steel-string acoustics come in different models or body styles, each with their own distinctive sound and character. Probably the most well-known is the Dreadnought, originally designed by guitar giant Martin. Another famous and very popular body style is the Jumbo, designed by Gibson in the 1930’s. Steel-string guitars can be played fingerstyle or with a pick for flatpicking or strumming. Every guitar player should have at least one steel-string acoustic guitar.
The nylon stringed classical guitar. It’s origin goes back to Spain in the 1850’s where Antonio de Torres changed the design of the contemporary guitar into the design we know these days. Although the design is always quite the same there are vast differences between models, brands and builders. For instance, a flamenco guitar has a more aggressive and sharp sound compared to a guitar designed for classical music which has a warm, almost romantic sound. We offer affordable brands like Martinez and Alhambra as well as high-end guitars from Bernabé and José Ramirez.
Our category for rare, funny, authentic and historic acoustic instruments. The era of holy grail electric instruments is the late Fifties and early Sixties. The golden era for acoustic guitars is the pre World War II era. Think of an early 1940’s Martin or a 1930’s Gibson or Epiphone. For less expensive vintage acoustics take a look at the Seventies, when European brands like Eko built some very interesting, one of a kind instruments. They all have something special about them, something you won’t find on modern day instruments. And that is just what vintage is all about.
12-string acoustics are steel-string acoustics with, well, twelve strings. The lower four strings are tuned in octaves and the upper two strings are doubled. This results in a very wide and harmonic sound, the music just rings out your instrument. Compared to a traditional six-string acoustic a 12-string delivers more harmonics and a fuller overall sound. You know the acoustic Hear my Train Comin’ from Hendrix? That’s a 12-string. The Hotel California intro? 12-string. Stairway to Heaven? 12-string. Of course twelve strings need more space than six, therefore the neck is wider, comparable to a classical neck.
Folk & Bluegrass
There are more things in heaven and earth than just guitars. Not very much, but still. We offer a nice collection of traditional Folk and Bluegrass instruments like mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. Take a look at the beautiful Eastman mandolins with f-holes or an oval-hole, just for your needs. Not only for Bluegrass but also great for Blues and Country as well are the resonator guitars from Dobro. A round neck or a square neck, these are mean slide machines. You see? There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio.