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What acoustic guitar will provide me with the heaviest sound?

Asked by evolverevolve (520points) June 2nd, 2009

I am looking to buy a new acoustic guitar, I play a Washburn right now, but I want to know what other guitars will provide a deep, rich tone, like when you pluck that open E it sounds like it’s coming from the depths of hell. Guitar players will know what I’m talking about. Price is also a factor, it can’t be some rare 1963 acoustic that is five grand.

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applesaucemanny's avatar

wait, is this the sound you want to get?
because if it is you could just buy some Elixir strings and they sound nice on any guitar

kevbo's avatar

I had a Luna Muse Burst for a while (it was defective, so I returned it), but I found the Luna guitars to have incredible depth/harmonics/overtones relative to other brands. I don’t know a whole lot about guitars in that sense, but they definitely struck me as something different in terms of the quality of their sound.

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

You want one with a harder wood (like, mahogony if they even make them of it).... the (the brand is irrelevant so long as it’s a good brand; Washburn, Ibanez, etc).

Usually people go for the soft woods (spruce for example), so you may have a lot of trouble on this one.

As suggested before, the strings you use will make a significant difference in the sound, higher gauge=lower sound.

Jack79's avatar

I know what you mean, but I got to agree with the others about the strings for starters, and of course you could use a pedal or play with the dials on your amp a bit. I play a (borrowed) Takamine at the moment and it’s as heavy as it gets. Got a Fender that sounds like crap, 2 electrics, a hand-made Adamas that looks beautiful but is practically unplayable, and a pretty good, simple Yamaha with a clean sound. Good value for money but not what you mean I think.

You could also just change the magnets on it (assuming it works with magnets). Washburns are good, so you probably don’t really need to change your guitar, just tweak the one you have a bit.

Noah_D's avatar

While strings do have a lot to do with the guitars tone, the, big, fat, boomy tone i think you’re looking for comes from having a large guitar with good, resonant wood. i’ve got an old ‘65 Gibson J45 that has gorgeous tone – part of which is a bottom that makes fat girls cry. look into jumbo guitars – ones that aren’t thin. the bigger the guitar, the more room the lower notes have to resonate.

EdMayhew's avatar

I’ve often been asked to make an acoustic that will deliver that ‘huge’ sound, and there are a few different ways this can be achieved when scratch building but that’s not the be all and end all. I would first off look at your budget. If you don’t have a lot to spend I would recommend taking your top price (for example $400) and then knocking 100 of the top, so your effective (theoretical) budget would now be $300. Now it’s time to chose your guitar. I would warn against internet buying if you have a specific sound in mind. If you must, however, stick to something with a large body, hardwood sides, like maple and mahogany and preferably a solid spruce top. No cutaway. Don’t get anything with carbon fiber in it, or with weird hole configuration. When you have found the guitar that is closest to your sound – and don’t be afraid to try every last one in the shop, it’s going to be your guitar for a long time so choose well – buy it. Here’s where that $100 we knocked off earlier comes in. It’s a common mistake to think that a guitar is bought as a finished product. In my shop I can turn a cheap guitar into something many times better with a few simple setting up tricks, like putting in a harder bridge, setting the neck and frets correctly etc. Find a local luthier and ask him to set up your guitar for a heavy sound. Spending that $100 dollars extra will be as if you spent double the amount in the guitar shop. The make of strings is very dependant on the individual. I personally play one of my customs that I built for big noise, and to help me along the way I like to use ernie ball earthwood strings. Get heavy gauge if you use a plectrum, but if you fingerpick, heavier strings will actually make have the opposite effect to the one you want, not vibrating as much therefore producing a quieter and weaker tone. I do a bit of both so medium (13 – 54) works fine for me. Good luck!

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