guitar tone

What assumptions do you make about this guitar's sound?

Photo courtesy of Martin Guitars

Why do we all reach for the same words when describing our acoustic guitars? Luthiers chime in on how we talk about sound.

Someone—the historical record is unsure exactly who—once opined that writing about music is the same as dancing about architecture. The speaker saw little value in trying to formally analyze or describe a piece of music, an art form so inherently personal and subjective. I might also find it hard to communicate to someone what makes a musical work exciting to me, but when it comes to guitar tone, this is exactly my job at Acoustic Music Works. Whether it’s over the phone or in copy on our website, I’m called upon daily to put the tonal attributes of a particular instrument into words.

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