History on the Acoustic Guitar

I thought I should give you a bit of a history lesson on the acoustic guitar because most people really don’t understand much about it. Actually, historical reference is very important to understanding the design. You may have noticed that your guitar doesn’t have button hardward for a guitar strap. It could of been made in Spain, where traditionally they play sitting down.


If we go back to Medieval Europe, we had several types of guitars. It is important to note that these guitars were much smaller than the ones we had today. Most of them had between 3 and 5 strings. The first developed guitar was believed to originate in Spain, which they called the Guitarra Morisca. It was a big part of the Moorish culture.

Renaissance Up to Modern

Even though the guitar was around in the middle of the ages, it still wasn’t that popular. At that time there were other instruments that just seemed to be more important. The Renaissance was really the point in which the acoustic guitar really become popular. It happen in Italy at an estimated time of around 1779. This was the time believed that the first 6 string guitar was created. It was made by a man known as Gaetano Vinaccia.

Later the “Father of the Modern Guitar”, Antonio de Torres Jurado, changed the design of the instrument and the way it played to make a stamp on this part of history. He was essentially the person that created the acoustic (or similar to classical) guitar that we know of today. He made the body much larger than they were ever before. He also made it wider, so that sound could travel further and louder.


We have the acoustic guitar today, but it should be confused with the classical. Even though they look the same, they are different. For example, a classical guitar is strung with nylon strings, where as with acoustic you’ll be using steel.

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