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Jumbo-bodied acoustics are some of the most recognizable guitars of all time and can be seen throughout the historical landscape of country, folk and rock music.

With origins dating back to the original SJ-200 of the late 1930s, Gibson remains the primary driver of the jumbo acoustic guitar body shape with players like Pete Townshend and Bob Dylan embracing jumbo Gibson acoustics at different phases of their careers. In the '60s, Guild began producing popular 12-string jumbo acoustic guitars like the F512, while today's market includes jumbo options for top brands like Takamine and Taylor.

What is a jumbo acoustic guitar?

A jumbo acoustic guitar is the most large-bodied of all the acoustic guitars. They have big, deep bodies—traditionally with round contours. Since more air moves within the body of a jumbo acoustic guitar, the both require and produce more energy (i.e., sound) than smaller-bodied guitars.

What is the difference between jumbo and dreadnought acoustic guitar?

The main difference in jumbo vs. dreadnought guitars is the size. Though dreadnoughts were the first “big” guitar, jumbo guitars take that up a notch. As a result, they’re larger and louder than a dreadnought guitar. They also have an overall different shape: jumbo guitars have rounder contours while dreadnoughts are comparably square.

What are jumbo guitars good for?

Jumbo guitars are especially good for strumming and flatpicking, or with fingerpicks. Since jumbo guitars require more energy to produce sound, they’re not quite as ideal for picking with the pads of your fingers. They’re popular in folk, country, and rock, and sit well in a mix.

How big are jumbo acoustic guitars?

While jumbo acoustic guitar size varies by brand and build, a general size is 20" long, 4" deep, and 11" upper bout, and a 16" lower bout.

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