What is Acoustic?

“Acoustic” has something to do with sound as well as the sense of hearing. It is mainly related to music, especially instruments. When it comes to instruments, the style and the materials used may determine it can be termed as acoustic or not. In a more specific sense, acoustic instruments, are those that produce sounds manually and don’t require any electrical boost.

Commonly known acoustic instruments are like guitars and violin. These two instruments have something in common. They have common major parts:

1. Box

The “box” refers to the body (resonator) which is responsible for sound production. This body manually produces sound mechanically and manually. For guitars, the box manually amplifies the sound from strings.

2. Strings

Most guitars have six strings which are pressed against the fretboard to produce chords and the desired sounds. In Acoustic Guitars, both nylon and steel strings can be used. Nylon strings are mainly used in classical guitars and are softer to play. Steel strings are used on acoustic guitars and though they are a little bit tougher to press, they produce more clear and defined sound than the nylon strings.

3. Bridge

What is the work of the bridge in guitars and violins? A bridge is a plate that rests immediately after the black plate that holds the strings in place. Mostly, the bridge may be cream or white in color and the strings run over them. The bridge is used to elevate the strings up for clear sound production. The bridge solves and refines the sound from any unwanted vibrations.

4. Tuning pegs

This is an integral part of any acoustic guitar or violin. As the name suggests, tuning pegs are used to put the strings in tune. Tuning pegs have three major parts: tuning machine, tuning nob and string holder. The tuning machine is charged with gears which make the work of tuning the guitar easy. The tuning nob is where and what to hold as you tune your strings. The strings holder is where the strings are fixed and fastened in order to stay in place for tuning.