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Guitar: The History of the Stylish Instrument. 

Guitar: The History of the Stylish Instrument.

The guitar is a string instrument that is played by fingerpicking the strings of the instrument. The parts of the instrument are classified mainly into the headstock, body, fretboard and the strings. While the strings of the guitar can be in nylon of steel, the instrument is made out of plastic or wood.

Guitar: The History of the Stylish Instrument.

The music that comes out of the fretboard changes depending on the finger positions. The strings can be plucked either with fingers or with a small piece of plastic called the plectrum. Most commonly the guitars have six strings but there are also instruments that have four, seven, eight, ten or twelve strings too. There are largely nine different types of guitars, which are as follows:

  • Acoustic Guitars
  • Electric Guitars
  • Electric- Acoustic Guitars
  • Twelve String Guitar
  • Archtop Guitars
  • Steel Guitars
  • Resonator Guitars
  • Bass Guitars
  • Double-neck Guitars

A guitar is easy to learn and play when compared to many other instruments. The westerners have always employed some or the other stringed instrument at different periods of time. Since the 1950s, most songs that were composed had guitars playing in them. From Rock to Classical, a guitarist can play all forms of music. The frets in the fret board help the player to understand the pitch in which the guitar plays and also helps him set to pitch.

History: 

In the 1600s the Spanish word Guitarra later became guitar in English. So the instrument is called the guitar and the person who plays it is called a guitarist. Guitar type of instruments have been in use for more than 5000 years but in different forms and names in different parts of the world. Sitara an ancient instrument from the natives of Asia and India is also very old. The very first guitar instrument belonged to Queen Elizabeth I of England, 500 years back, which can now be found in the museum. Talking about the guitars we cannot forget the legendary makers of Mandolin, who came from Italy. It is also believed to be the oldest string instruments which still exists.

A Man’s Favorite:

Guitars have an aesthetic sense both in terms of its appearance and the music it lets out. The elegance of the instrument gives the player a charisma that no other instrument can match. Though it is not the historical reason, it is now ironically believed that the shape of the guitar is inspired by the shape of a female’s body. Like I said earlier it is not an authentic information. But for some unknown reason, a guitar goes well with a man, while many women find it had to handle and play.

Various types of Guitars

Various types of Guitars

A guitar is a string instrument that has been around for almost 500 years now. The first very first guitar was with Queen Elizabeth I of England, which is now in the Royal Pavilion and Museums, London. This string instrument is played by plucking the strings of the Guitar. The headstock, body, fretboard, and strings are the four major part of a guitar. So ‘body’ is the portion that sits on your lap, the fretboard is the place where the strings are attached and then the strings themselves. There are largely 9 different types of guitars, which are as follows:

Various types of Guitars

  • Acoustic Guitars
  • Electric Guitars
  • Twelve String Guitar
  • Archtop Guitars
  • Steel Guitars
  • Resonator Guitars
  • Bass Guitars

Acoustic Guitars:

It is one among the largely used types of guitars, because of its versatile nature.  There are again two different types of acoustic guitars which are steel-string acoustic and the classical guitar. An acoustic guitar will always be a favorite in an ensemble rhythmic chordal strumming and gentle harps. The classical of this kind said to have had their origin in the Spain

Electric Guitars: 

These kinds of guitars are designed for plugging them into the amplifier, when amplified it can give a metallic flavor to it. They are the rigid class of guitars, and its strings are thinner than the acoustic guitars. Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul are the two popular designs in electric guitars. There are also guitars that produce music combining the effects of both the acoustic guitar and the electric guitars and are called electric-acoustic guitars.

Twelve string guitar: 

There is not much of a variation between normal six string guitar and a twelve string guitar, apart from the number of strings. The second sets of strings correspond to their counterparts in the first set. It is used just like the six string guitar.

Archtop guitars

The archtop guitars are a combination of violin-style f-holes, and internal sound-block creates a shimmer that is both acoustic and mellow. Ii is this characteristic of an archtop guitar that makes them the pick of jazz guitarists.

Steel guitars: 

Steel guitars take Hawaii as their cradle. The street musicians in Hawaii who saw guitars for the first time developed their own way of playing things. Their style involved alternative tunings and the use of a slide. So these guitars are usually placed horizontally on a player’s lap.

Resonator Guitars:

The resonator guitars are unique as they do not have the regular sound holes, instead carry a large circular perforated cover plate. They are played either conventionally or with a slide. They are popular among the blues and country musicians.

Bass Guitars: 

Bass guitars are known for their range as they are available with five strings and six strings while the usual ones have only 4 strings. They have comparatively thick strings and long neck.