ACOUSTIC GUITAR: The acoustic guitar normally has a flat, waisted, body usually with a round sound hole and a fretted neck along which run six nylon or steel strings. The strings are fastened at the top of the neck to tuning screws, and at the other end to a bridge glued to the instrument's sound board, or belly. The player's left-hand fingers stop the strings at the appropriate frets to produce the correct pitches; the right-hand fingers pluck the strings. When the strings vibrate, the hollow body of the guitar amplifies the sound. Some metal-strung guitars are plucked with a small flat pick. The nylon string guitars are usually called classical guitars. Most folk or popular musicians play steel string guitars. Guitars come in all shapes and sizes.

 
One of the acoustic guitars that Larry has played is a prototype Martin Simpson Signature Model made by Stefan Sobell. The guitar is built of particularly pretty scantling Brazilian rosewood with tulipwood binding. It has a fitted Highlander pickup. All of the photos below are of Larry's Martin Simpson Signature Model except the guitar in the top right photo. That is Martin Simpson's own guitar, the first production model, the next to be built after Larry's. It has darker rosewood and ebony rather than tulipwood binding, but it is otherwise the same model.

In addition to the guitar that Stefan Sobell made for him, Larry has played an acoustic guitar made by Linda Manzer and an acoustic guitar made by Joe Dinkins in Abingdon, Virginia. He also has played several Martin acoustic guitars.

Larry has used D'Addario phosphor bronze light gauge and medium gauge strings on his acoustic guitars, and he has used Fishman products for amplifying his acoustic instruments.

 
 

 
Larry's Martin Simpson Signature Model under construction

 
Martin Simpson with the first production model,
the next to be built after Larry's.

 

 
Martin Simpson with Larry's Martin Simpson Signature Model.

 
Martin Simpson with Larry's Martin Simpson Signature Model.