A guide to Martin acoustic guitar body sizes

Types of guitar
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In a world of sweeping generalizations where “everything tastes like chicken” you might be tempted to say, well, when it comes down to it, an acoustic guitar sounds like an acoustic guitar. 

But there’s a lot more to it than that, although maybe not as much as you think. While it’s important to think about body dimensions when selecting an instrument – after all, you need to be comfortable with your guitar – the actual difference in body size and width among the bulk of acoustics out there is only a matter of a couple of inches.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.