As the body size in this trio of guitars decreases from the dreadnought in the rear to a 000 to an L-00, the lower register becomes more defined, but the response on these particular instruments is just about the same.

While there is no such thing as a "wrong" guitar, just consider what the right guitar could do for your playing.

When buying a new guitar, trying to differentiate between what you need and what you want can be a tough gig. What many do know, however, is that they aren't looking to just buy another random guitar. They are looking for an instrument that will help them achieve a new level of musicianship or address a particular music style. I've been around quality instruments since 1975, so my personal preference for tone and feel in relationship to application has become very clear. It's a process, but it's one worth spending the extra time to get right. We've discussed body size, scale lengths, and string tension in previous columns. This month, we're going to consider response and application—both incredibly important to consider when purchasing your next guitar.

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