Guitar Body Shape
Which body shape appeals to you most? Maybe you’ve been playing dreadnoughts since you were a teenager. Or maybe you saw Johnny Cash play live, and you’ve been a jumbo fan ever since. Whatever your sentimental preference, there are two other factors to consider when choosing a body shape: comfort and voice. When it comes to comfort, it’s all about the shape that feels right against your body, and in your arms, that fits your frame. You’ll know it when you feel it.
Voice is a little more complicated. The shape and size of a guitar’s body affects its voice in many subtle and not-so-subtle ways. A large-bodied guitar encompasses a greater amount of air, which can contribute to a deeper bass response. A smaller body often focuses the sound and gives more definition to the individual notes. The outline or shape of the guitar affects how various parts of the top vibrate.
Once you’ve identified the shapes that fit your frame and feel good against your body, the next step is to identify the voice most suited to your playing style. Once you have a clear vision of what you need in terms of voice and comfort, we can help you choose the right shape. Below you’ll find a list of our body shapes, and the voice you can expect from each one.