A new study suggests that guitars that are a lot like the acoustic guitar used by some musicians in popular music may actually be better for bass players.
According to researchers from New York University and the University of California, Davis, the findings show that acoustic guitar players are not just “good at playing bass, they’re really good at playing good music” and that they can even be more efficient at playing certain types of music than a professional guitar player.
“There’s a huge amount of evidence showing that acoustic guitars are much better than acoustic guitars that aren’t good at bass,” said Michael M. Hahn, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at New York’s Tisch School of Engineering.
“They can play more notes per string and they play with a lower harmonic content than you would find on an acoustic guitar.”
Hahn and his colleagues conducted a study of more than 20,000 guitarists and found that players who use a good acoustic guitar are actually more efficient musicians.
They are more likely to have lower average notes per beat, a measure of the amount of harmonic content, and they are more efficient than other musicians in terms of playing certain musical styles.
“In general, they have a lower rate of fatigue,” Hahn said.
“In a way, they do it better.”
“We’re not saying that the acoustic is necessarily a bad instrument,” said Hahn.
“We just want to give a sense of what kind of an instrument it is and why people tend to choose it.
And that’s what we’re trying to do.”
The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, looked at acoustic guitars from around the world to figure out which are best for playing certain styles of music.
The researchers took into account a range of factors, including the types of instruments used, the types and number of strings used and the instrument’s size and design.
The researchers found that acoustic instruments with high quality strings tend to be the most efficient players.
They tend to have higher average notes, a better ability to play different types of songs and to play longer songs than the guitars used by professional musicians.
They also have lower rates of fatigue, and tend to perform better on musical tasks that require higher levels of attention.
Hahn said the findings should help people make more informed choices when buying instruments.
“It really does show that if you’re a musician and you want to make good music and you have the ability to get the job done, acoustic guitars will do that for you,” he said.
Henshaw’s team used acoustic guitars made by Gibson, Epiphone and other manufacturers to analyze the musical properties of guitars.
The team also looked at the musical performances of professional musicians, professional musicians in competitive bands and professional musicians playing in noncompetitive bands.
In the study, the acoustic instruments were compared to professional musicians from around North America, and then to professional performers from various competitive bands.
The acoustic guitars were compared with professional musicians that used a combination of electric and acoustic instruments.
The acoustic instruments that performed the best included the Gibson Les Paul III, Epi and Gibson Fender Telecasters.
The other acoustic instruments, like the Gibson Fenders, were the most accurate.
Henneshaw and his team compared the acoustic guitars to the musical performance of professional guitar players.
The team also compared the performance of musicians who played guitar in competitive or noncompetitive band settings.
The study found that professional guitarists who use acoustic guitars perform more efficiently than professional guitar musicians that don’t use acoustic instruments in competitive band settings, but that the differences between the acoustic and professional guitar performance were not as significant as those between professional musicians and nonprofessional musicians.
“These results support the view that acoustic is not necessarily a good instrument, but it does show the benefits of using a good guitar,” Henneshaw said.
The findings may help people better understand why some musicians choose to use acoustic equipment.
“I think it’s interesting that these instruments are so well-known that we know a lot about them,” Henshaw said, “but the question is why they’re so well known and why they perform so well.”