The best guitar for strumming isn’t one particular guitar or even guitar brand.
The best guitars for strumming are those that have a particular shape, size and construction.
The tone-woods used can also affect was is perceived as a good strummer – though this is often different depending on the ear.
Sound beauty is definitely in the ear of the beholder!
The Best Acoustic Guitar Shapes for Strumming
Typically speaking larger bodied guitars are better for strumming. There are always exceptions but this is typically the case.
One of the reasons for this is that larger bodied guitars have a higher volume ceiling. What this means is that you can play them with plenty of “oomph” and they will get louder the harder you play – but the top won’t distort.
On a smaller bodied guitar it doesn’t take as much effort to get the top to distort and start sounding bad.
Typically, when we strum, it produces quite a bit of volume – or you’ll at least want to raise the volume at times in your strumming. A larger bodied guitar will have a cleaner, better sound when you do give it some extra effort.
What are some particular shapes that are good for strumming?
Shapes like the following will typically be good for strumming:
- Grand Symphony (Taylor)
- Grand Orchestra (Taylor)
- 0000/M (Martin)
The Grand Auditorium (Taylor), Grand Performance (Martin) are also good for strumming but maybe not as good as those in the list above – but they are good all-rounders in that they are still good strummers but are also good at playing fingerstyle.
Shapes that aren’t So Good
Typically, smaller bodied guitars aren’t as good for strumming as larger bodied guitars.
They have a lower volume ceiling.
But you can still strum on them, they just won’t be as good for it as the others, so you’ll want one of the other shape types if strumming is the thing that you do the most.
Shapes such as the following won’t be the best strummers:
- Grand Concert
- ¾ size guitars
- Travel guitars
O.k., let’s look at tone-woods briefly.
Mostly this really does depend on your own tastes as to which tone-wood sounds better for strumming but there’s one distinction that I want to make regarding different types of spruce.
If you are an aggressive strummer, then Sitka spruce is likely (all else being equal) to be a better choice than Engelmann spruce. Engelmann spruce is good for those with a light touch but if you play with a heavy touch or like to get some big strums out – then Sitka spruce will likely be the better option for that (between the Spruces).
Check out the link below to see a discussion about this very topic. Also, it has some recommendations for particular guitars.
Thanks for reading and I hope this post has given you some idea of what type of guitar is best for strumming.
Keep in mind that it depends on how you like to play. If you want a guitar that’s good for strumming but you also want that same guitar to also be good at finger-style, then a mid-size guitar – like a Grand Auditorium/Grand Performance/000 might be the best choice.