The acoustic guitar is a completely different animal from its electric
cousin. Though big-box companies such as Fender, Gibson, and ESP tend to
build most of the electrics, acoustic instruments fall into the hands of
smaller, independent lathers (notwithstanding the remarkable guitars built
by companies like Martin and Taylor). Here, Simmons runs through the history
of the acoustic beginning with C.F. Martin, Sr., back in 1833 and details the
evolution of the instrument through various phases and incarnations,
including the origins of the steel string, the rise of small factories, and
the ultimate advent of the one-man operation.
Included here is text on guitar builders including Ervin Somogyi, Michihiro
Matsuda, Kathy Wingert, and others. There are a plethora of astonishing
photos accompanying articulate and well-researched text.
If you've ever strummed an acoustic and wanted to understand why you're
holding one, you need to read this.