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History of the Acoustic Guitar

I made the decision to look into the history of the acoustic guitar today. I was not aware that the Acoustic guitar has been around for more than 5,000 years! Thats a very long time! The acoustic guitar has been forever evolving and changing since it was first invented. 

During the medieval times, an acoustic guitar model would be smaller versions of what we know today, having anywhere between 3 and 5 strings. The main parts of the guitars were separated into two different groups: Guitarra Latina and the Guitarra Morisca.

In the Middle Ages, the guitar was not very popular as it was overshadowed by other instruments that better fit the musical interest of the time. Nonetheless, in the Renaissance period the guitar developed more prominent and popular instrument. The first six string guitar was created in 1779 in Italy by Geatano Vinaccia. 

Antonio de Torres Jurado fathered what is known today as the classical guitar by making key changes as well as changes to the body that changed the pitches and flow of the sounds. 

It is a common misconception that the Classical Guitar and Acoustic Guitar are on in the same. They, in fact, are not. I was not aware of this until reading today. There are many differences. The fact that the acoustic guitar uses steel strings and the classical guitar uses nylon strings is one of the biggest. The acoustic is louder and the two create different ranges of sound.

The next and last big development in the history of the acoustic guitar is the creation of the electric acoustic, which can be plugged into an amplifier for more volume.