Most guitarists know that the playability and overall feel of a guitar is affected by the guitar’s scale length and neck width. The “third dimension” influencing playability is string action, the height at which a guitar’s open strings float above the frets.
In terms of the size and shape of the instrument, it is largely true that a cello is a cello, a soprano flute is a soprano flute, and a tenor sax is a tenor sax. Steel-string acoustic guitars, however, come in a vast array of body types. Just as … [Continue reading]
The specifications for any acoustic guitar include its “scale length.” In theory, scale length is the length of the freely vibrating section of any open string on the guitar—that is, the length from the nut to the saddle (specifically, the bridge … [Continue reading]
For this article, I've compiled a list of wide neck acoustic guitars from the guitar makers' catalogs and web sites. The term wide neck acoustic guitar here refers to a guitar with a neck wider than 1-3/4″ (1.75", 44mm), but I decided not to include … [Continue reading]
The chart below compares guitar neck widths at the nut for various types of acoustic guitars. This article discusses what might be called "standard neck" and "wide neck" acoustic guitar, including specific measures, and provides links to useful … [Continue reading]
What is Bm7b5 chord?Bm7b5 chord, sometimes written as Bm7(b5) and also called Dm/B, can be used as a nice substitution for plain Dm in several keys. It's also called a half-diminished chord. In musical literature, Bm7b5 name is used more often … [Continue reading]
1. What is C9? C9 guitar chord (or, strictly speaking, its dominant version, that includes minor seventh sound), quite often is used in jazzy arrangements of the pop songs, funky and blues chord progressions. In this post, I'll show a few examples … [Continue reading]