Tips to Repair Your Guitar

Expert guitarists who have been playing for quite a while have aced the specialty of repairing the guitar all alone. Here is a guide which will demonstrate supportive to complete minor running repairs or counteract assist harm before an expert assumes control.

Experts always know their instruments very well. This is the only reason guitarists are able to repair their axes on their own. Guitar repair is not exactly a very difficult or impossible task to manage. Constant handling of the instrument, improvisation of the stringing, tuning and playing greatly help in completing the task. Before we begin, I’ll give you a quick list of the more important tools to have to perform the repairs.

The Kit

A guitarist always keeps a kit full of everything that he needs to maintain and patch up his instrument with. Here are a couple of things that you need to include in your repair kit. Most of them apply to the electric guitar; a lot of things can be done without these tools on an acoustic.

Allen wrenches of the appropriate sizes : They are usually standardized and always come with the electric guitar you buy. Never lose them; they are very important in doing most kind of repairs.

Chromatic tuner : As a rule, when working on the guitars that require the strings to be on, always keep the strings tuned before you start the work. The tuner is a necessity; even if you develop an ear for the notes, the tuner makes for an invaluable reference.

Truss rod wrench : A good tool to have once you know how to use it.

A steel ruler : Just something to help measure the action. After a while of playing, you can decide just how much action you want, so you don’t really need the ruler.

The intonation key : It is the accessory that makes setting the intonation easier on floating bridges. You can still do it without this key. (Both methods explained later)

Tri-Flow® : A quality lube with a needle-point dispenser that makes it easy to apply the lube in small spaces.

You can also get some superglue, polish and oils for maintenance. These things are mostly subjective and can be used once you figure your guitar out from the inside out.

Re-Stringing

This job comes every 6 months on normal conditions and maintained guitars, if you’re a casual/aspiring guitarist (3 months if you play gigs every night). The difficulty in changing the strings is a direct result of the type of bridge that you use. Most acoustic ones use a non-tailed (fixed) bridge, so they are easy to re-string once you know the basics. Good ones can come with adjustable saddles, which are useful for fine tuning and setting the intonation. I’ve detailed the re-stringing of electric guitars, from which you can associate the logical parallels to the acoustic.

Here’s a list of things you need to be careful about while re-stringing any guitar:

  • Gently straighten out each string between your thumb and index finger when you take it out of its cover. It helps reduce the elasticity of the strings so they don’t pose too much of a problem while tuning.
  • Re-stringing is the perfect time to clean out the places previously difficult to reach. This includes the lower part of the headstock and the spot between the bridge and the pickup/sound hole. Use a clean, lint-free cloth over wider areas and a Q-tip to get to the smaller places, especially the string inserts and the fine-tuning pegs on Floyd Rose trems. Use an old toothbrush to get to the spaces where each fret post meets the neck.
  • The perfect way to wrap the string around the tuning peg on the headstock is by having not more than 2 coils per string. Having more than 2 coils pressures the peg, making it slip. Also, make sure the second coil is inside the first one. This allows the inner (second) coil that leads out to the fretboard to be pressured, thereby catching the outer (first) coil and keeping the string wound tightly over the peg.
  • After re-stringing comes the more important part – stretching the strings. This is an absolute must because it’s the best way to keep the strings from de-tuning in between bends. To stretch them (this is always done after re-stringing and before setting the intonation), all you have to do is pull each string up from the fretboard gently, then letting it rest back on the fretboard. Repeat this until the string feels stressed and less elastic.
  • To be thorough, do this at the 5th, 7th, 12th and 17th frets. Be careful though, you may easily break the strings or cause them to slip out of the bridge.

Fixed bridge

It is the easier type to re-string; a fixed bridge will take less than 10 minutes once you develop a hand for it (excluding the stretching, which takes 10-15 minutes by itself). Align the string into the groove on the saddle and the nut. Poke the headstock end of the string through the hole in the tuning peg, put a sharp bend on the outer side of the string, right on the hole. Start turning the peg to tighten the string. Tune it to the relative note and cut off the excess string on the tuning peg. Remember to leave about an inch or two in case the string slips. Then stretch the string and re-tune.

Tremolo Bridges

This bridge is tougher to re-string than fixed bridges, because it’s not attached directly to the body. The tremolo allows the string to slack easily, creating a major headache to re-string and tune. I’m going to explain the process on a Floyd Rose. Others, like the Edge and ZR trems have almost the same method.

  • Loosen the tuning clamps on the nut.
  • Loosen the string locks on the bridge. Be careful because the stress can launch them out of their grooves.
  • Take the string out from under the tuning clamps on the nut. Avoid scratching the fretboard and the underside of the clamps.
  • Clean off the part where the string enters the bridge. This is a good habit that helps avoid any dirt that might cause the string to lose its grip.
  • The balled-up end on the new string usually goes into the tuning pegs. You can choose to cut it off too; it’s not really needed.
  • Gently slide the strings under the tuning clamps and keep them as straight as possible.
  • Cut off the string that goes beyond the fine tuners.
  • Then ease the open end through the string insert and tighten the lock. Never tighten it more than one rotation. Actually, if you can do that, it means the string hasn’t gone completely into the lock. In that case, take it out and redo.
  • Start turning the peg once you’re sure the locks are on tight. If the other end has been cut off at the proper distance, the string shouldn’t need more than two coils around the peg. After you reach the relative note, stretch the strings and re-tune.

Adjusting the Truss Rod

You’ll need to do this when your fretboard starts arching. The bend on the neck will cause the strings to rise away from the fretboard and become a pain to play properly. As long as you don’t own a classic acoustic, you will have a truss rod inside the fretboard to straighten the neck. (classical acoustics do not have a truss rod installed, but they usually don’t bend because they use nylon strings that don’t stress the neck too much)

The bend can go either way – it can cause the strings to go to close to the frets or to move away from them. Either case is bad; the former will create fret buzz (discussed in detail in the next section) while the latter just makes it harder to play. A simple way to check for the bend is to clamp down the strings on the first fret (using a capo) and then on the last fret with one hand (or have a friend help you out). Slide a piece of paper of some thickness (like a card) through the middle of the fretboard, underneath the strings. If it won’t pass easily, the neck is bent outward (the neck bulges towards the strings). If you can pass the paper through with still some extra space left, the neck is bent inwards (away from the strings). Both can be repaired with the truss rod as shown below.

Remove the cover that lies just above the nut, on the headstock. You need to keep the strings on to check if the adjustment is enough. The truss rod’s nut is underneath this cover. Take the truss rod wrench and turn the nut as follows:

  • If you are looking directly at the truss rod’s nut, you will turn it clockwise to tighten the nut in. This pushes the neck towards the strings and reduces the action.
  • Turning the nut anti-clockwise will loosen the truss rod, causing the neck to move away from the strings.

You must be very careful with this. The truss rod is very sensitive to changes. Rotate the nut as slowly as possible, checking the bend every second. Never turn the nut more than one full rotation in either direction. This is quite a delicate operation and if you are not too confident about it, you should take the guitar to a professional or a luthier who can help you out for the first time. Too much stress on the truss rod will warp the neck beyond repair or even crack and break it.

Locating Fret Buzz

This is an annoying part in guitar repair, mostly because locating the problem can be tougher than the solution. This is to be done if you get an audible (and distracting) buzz when you pluck the string. The solution depends on the location of the buzz.

  • If it buzzes on a single fret, the solution could be anything from resetting the intonation to replacing the individual fret. If the frets are really old and worn out, or have deep dents due to hard play or an accident, you may have to replace them.
  • If you have one or many strings that buzz when played open (on most/all frets), the problem is mostly in the nut. The strings can cut into the nut, lowering their height so they touch the frets. It could also be because the guitar is new and hasn’t been set up properly. If the nut is old, consider replacing it. If the guitar is new, you will have to adjust the truss rod and the intonation.
  • A buzz on all strings in only the upper part of the fretboard means the wood is reacting to the moisture (or lack of it) in the air, creating a bulge closer to the nut due to stress from the strings. You will need to keep the fretboard in optimum humidity to remove the bulge. Worst case scenario would be the upper part gets warped and you need to replace the fretboard.

Resetting Pickups

To adjust the pickup height, simply turn the two screws on each side of the pickup. Turning them anti-clockwise will lower them into the guitar, increasing their distance from the strings. Turning them clockwise will increase the pickup height. Always make sure that the stings are perfectly tuned before you do this, as each string sends different reactions out of the pickup for different tunings. This is the easiest job, but very important to get right.

There are two things you need to know before you can successfully adjust the pickups on your guitar. One is the type of pickups that you are using, which helps in figuring out how you can adjust them and how much of a difference it would make to raise or lower them. The other is your own playing style. It has a major influence on the exact distance of the pickup from the strings.

Simply put, rhythm players need a softer tone with more sustain. A pickup set further away from the strings (relatively speaking) gives you both. The perfect distance would be where the sound is soft enough without compromising on the amplification, while maintaining a good sustain. If the pickup is too far, it won’t catch the vibrations of the string. If it is too close, the magnetic pull won’t let the strings vibrate enough, therefore reducing sustain.

Playing leads and riffs requires a stronger, punchy tone that doesn’t garble up when playing half a step ahead or behind one note. This calls for a pickup that’s set closer to the strings.

The middle point is where blues and sliding fits in. Slides need a decent amount of sustain as well as a clear, strong tone.

Setting the Intonation

You can read ahead and opt to perform this task yourself, but trust me when I say you need a mountain of patience to get it right. Resetting the intonation is an absolute nightmare for even experienced guitar players. Bad intonations are the burden of all fretted instruments tuned with equal temperament. Anyone who has already tried doing this on a Floyd Rose will know what I’m talking about. Anyway, on to the details.

Just like re-stringing, the type of bridge will be the biggest influence on the way the intonation is to be done. The basic job is to make sure each string plays the right note on each fret as it is supposed to. Having the 1st and the 12th frets at the same relative note usually sets things right. You can use a good chromatic tuner to check the notes in between. Always remember to keep the string as closely tuned to the proper note before you begin. Also have the string as stretched out as you can, so it won’t de-tune while you’re setting the intonation.

The process is important if not mandatory, especially if you’re performing with other musicians. By yourself, you can ignore the problem (to a limit). But when you’re playing with others, you will immediately figure out the differences in tuning, making this task as necessary as it is painful.

The whole thing basically goes like this:

  • If we are checking the high E, an E on open and an E flat on the 12th fret, it means the octave on the string is shorter than the same on the fretboard. Push the saddle closer to the neck to shorten the string length.
  • If the E on the 12th fret is sharp, it means the string is too short to fit the octave. So you have to pull the saddle away from the neck to increase string length.

Fixed Bridges

The saddles are usually preset on acoustic guitars (each brand has a rigid saddle at factory settings), so there’s nothing to do on them. To change the intonation, you have to change the action. If the saddles are adjustable, use the screws on the bottom side of the bridge to change the saddle position.

Floating Bridges

Tremolo bridges are where the pain is, especially the Floyd Rose. There are two reasons for this:

Since the bridge is floating, if it is not set to perfect zero, you’ll never get the right intonation.
The intonation lock (small black screw under each string) needs to be set loose, which if done while the string is tight, launches the string lock clamp off its base.

Therefore, the usual way to set the intonation is as follows:

  • Tune string to relative note.
  • Check 12th fret. You now know which way to adjust the saddle using the fine-tuning screw (behind the saddle) and by how much.
  • Completely slacken the string. Loosen the intonation screw.
  • Adjust the saddle. Tighten the intonation screw.
  • Re-tune the string and check for the note on 12th again.
  • Rinse and repeat for each string.

The easy way out is using the intonation key (aka ‘The Key’). There is one for the OFR, then another for a few Edge trems. The problem is, the tremolos aren’t all the same, so the key will also change. If you’re not careful with them, you’ll end up scratching the coat on the bridge. But they do make the job very easy, like so:

  • Clamp the key in as shown in its manual.
  • Check the note on the 12th fret.
  • Tighten or loosen the knob on the key to effectively pull or push the saddle.
  • Set the saddle to the right place and move to next string.

A tool like this does belong in your maintenance kit, provided you got the right one (and a good one; the threading on some pieces can be clumsy, letting the knob slip while you’re turning it). OFR keys are fairly easy to get. The other tremolos with string-locking saddles may or may not have one (ZR trems come with their own intonation adjustment screw).

As you learn more about the hardware, you will be able to do all of this with precision. Not only that, there’s also the whole realm of custom fittings, changing or creating your own inlays, re-polishing the fretboard and body, and so on. After a while, it you will start to realize why a lot of professionals talk about their guitars like their girlfriends!

Tips to Pick the Right Case for Your Guitar

Tip while Flying with a Guitar

Release up the strings before you pack your guitar. This will keep away from superfluous strain on the guitar neck, inferable from steady temperature and weight changes while flying.

Outdoor events, world tours, or even small-scale shows that require a guitarist to travel from one end of town to the other require the instrument to be in optimum shape. Diligently placing your guitar in a case after every practice routine or a show is your safest bet to keep its shiny surface at its optimum best. This rule goes for both acoustic and electric guitars. This just implies that it is up to you to protect your instrument from the elements of nature around you.

A guitar case not just offers great protection to your guitar but also doubles up as a great storage unit that can be easily transported from one place to another. Besides, using a case protects your stringed instrument from accidental breakage and scratches. In short, as a utility item, it is every guitarist’s best buy that will help increase the lifespan of his/her favorite instrument.

Type of Guitar Case
Before you get down to haphazardly picking a case for your instrument, acquaint yourself with the available types.

Hard Cases

As the name suggests, these cases come with a hard outer cover or shell that is ideally made from wood or fiberglass. The interior of the case is padded to restrict any possible movement of the guitar. The padding helps the guitar fit snugly in the cover, and it also prevents scratches and dents. Though a bulky option, it provides optimum protection from accidental falls and casual shocks.

Soft Cases

Soft cases or gig bags are just the opposite of a hardshell case. These lightweight bags are made from nylon and may contain an inner padding for protection. These cases are sure to protect your guitar from minor scratches and dust stains, but prove relatively ineffective when it comes to protecting your instrument from damages. However, these cases are cheaper, and therefore, comparatively popular among most amateur guitarists.

Flight Cases

Flight cases, on the other hand, are heavy-duty cases that are recommended for regular travelers. These cases have a hard outer covering with special internal padding that keeps the guitar safe from potential hazards. These cases come equipped with reinforced metal corners to give you a sturdy box.

Hybrid Cases

A hybrid case is simply a combination of a soft and hard case. It is made of lightweight material that has a soft outer cover with a rigid inner side to hold the guitar in place. It is ideal for musicians who travel a lot.

Your Guitar Measurement

Ensure that you measure up your guitar before making a purchase online. While visiting a store, see to it that you take your guitar along to get a perfect fitting case for your instrument. Always remember, an ill-fitting case is sure to cause more damage to the instrument than external damage. Your guitar should fit snugly inside the case without allowing the fretboard to move, to avoid meddling with the tuning. Otherwise, you could end up damaging it in the process.

Weight of the Case

Take into consideration the amount of weight you are going to be carrying around. It is not just about the guitar but also about the accessories needed for performing which matter, especially while doing a gig. Choose a case that will be easy for you to lug around during shows and practices. Also, ensure that you consider how you are going to be transporting your instrument to and fro; this will help decide on a case that best suits your needs.

Additional Features

When investing in a case for your guitar, ensure it has workable and quality features. Thoroughly check the zippers, locks, and handles to ensure that they are sturdy and will not give way in a short time.

Take a Look at the Varieties on Offer

It is always better to check the different varieties available just so that it helps you shortlist your type. Keep your options open just in case you do not find the type you are searching for, as this will save you from disappointment. Also, ensure you know what material it is made up of, as this will save you the trouble of unnecessary tension later on.

Universal Flat Case

Box Guitar Case

Hardshell Guitar Case

White Guitar Case

Rounded Hardshell Case

Ukulele Case
Last but not the least, check the prices on a couple of sites or stores before you finalize a case for your guitar.

A gig bag or a case, for that matter, is one of the most essential guitar accessories that every guitarist ought to have. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional or an amateur guitar player; the fact remains that everybody ought to have a sturdy case for their beloved six strings.

Acoustic Guitars Top

Music is to the ears, what peace is to the brain. Despite the fact that it is about sound, music is more relieving than quiet, and fills in as a treatment. Acoustic guitar is one such supernatural instrument in the guitar family, that fulfills the desire to determine euphoria, both for its player and additionally the audience.

The list of top 10 acoustic guitars shall always remain debatable, due to the fact that every guitar is made up of a special type of wood, or a combination of fine woods, which make each of it sound unique. Traditionally, guitars made manually are believed to be the best, but the mechanized ones too are getting popular. Consisting of three main parts – the hollow part that has the sound box, the neck that holds the frets and the head that consists of the tuning pegs – acoustic guitars produce heavenly music with every pull of the string whether you like to hear loud or soft melody. Here is a low-down on the top 10 acoustic guitars that are not ranked in order, but just mentioned according to personal preference.

Morgan CCK
Morgan guitars have developed a reputation of manufacturing the best handmade acoustic guitars, started back in 1985 by David Iannone. The Morgan catalog contains a magnificent instrument, by the name Morgan CCK. This guitar is one of the most beautiful instruments to be ever produced by the company. CCK stands for Concert Florentine Cutaway Koa. The fret board of this guitar is made up of ebony while the neck is made up of South American Mahogany. The 6 strings of this guitar are made up of elixir phosphor bronze light-gage strings. The CCK is a box guitar, that has a cut in the lower half of the sound box. The fret board has 20 frets and the wood carries a gloss polyester finish. This combination gives out a clean and clear tone.

Schwartz Advanced Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
This is a Schwartz model, that has plenty of ebony used in its making, which is its specialty. The exceptional tone and the extreme melody helps the player to create beautiful chord and scale patterns accompanied by enchanting arpeggios. Another feature of this guitar is that it has a dove-tail mechanism to join its neck and body.

Matsuda Nylon String Model
This is one of the best examples of classical guitars, that are being produced in the modern era. The nylon string model has an astoundingly beautiful tone playing capacity, and produces beautiful legato. This guitar has a fairly simple construction and is principally made up of spruce and rosewood. People who are addicted to finger plucking of the classical acoustic guitars would certainly find this guitar very exciting.

Gibson Epiphone AJ-500R Masterbilt
This piece is a finer version in the acoustic series of the Epiphone, which gained respect in the 1930s. The Masterbilt, is made up of solid rosewood and has retained the distinctive peghead that boasts of the Epiphone logo and a stick-pin inlay, while it has revived its looks to get a flat top, and advanced jumbo shape that produces a balanced and clear tone. The sides and back of the bottom end are carved beautifully, and the Sitka Spruce top gives out pure acoustic sound.

Martin D-28
C.F. Martin and Co. are said to be the kings of the acoustic guitar industry. Their mastery lies in not only producing guitars that yield the best sound, but also in their artwork of creating one of the most beautiful instruments such as this one, whose construction has remained a standard for large bodied steel-string acoustic guitars since its introduction in 1931. it us made up of solid East Indian Rosewood for its back and sides, while ebony is used for its fingerboard and bridge. It is gloss finished with a solid spruce top and a dovetail neck.

Larrivée OM-03R
The OM-03R, is a beautiful model that has been produced by Larrivée. This six steel string guitar has a beautiful mahogany neck and can churn out spellbinding music. Special care is taken to make it with the best of woods from around the world. The back and sides are beautifully crafted by black toned rosewood, the top is made up of the finest of Canadian Sitka Spruce, while the fingerboard and bridge are made of ebony. It is well crafted to make it light in weight and is preferred by many master guitarists.

Yamaha LL6
Yamaha is one of the biggest and also one of the oldest manufacturers of guitars. Though this is a hand-crafted guitar, it is relatively cheap and affordable, even for beginners. The beauty of this instrument is the simplicity of its construction that is worked upon in a small factory in Japan by master craftsmen. The dreadnought body type is made up of rosewood and the top with solid Engelmann Spruce that is light and provides resonance to the instrument. The dovetail neck made up of mahogany or rosewood, ebony fretboard and bridge, die-cast gold tuners and a hi-gloss finish make this guitar stand out.

Fender GA43SCE
An acoustic masterpiece, GA43SCE, shares the same features as its electric counterparts like the Stratocaster and Squire. The spruce top; resonant body type; back, sides, headstock overlay and a bound fingerboard made up of rosewood; abalone dot inlays and rosette; and the tortoise-shell binding make it an alluring stage instrument.

Seagull S6 Cedar Original Dreadnought
The construction of this guitar is a combination of hand-finished neck, custom polished finish and a solid cedar top. These features provide outstanding sound, which can be tried on by newbies handling a guitar. This model has a three-layered wild cherry lamination, which provides varying sound between a mellow tone of a mahogany guitar and the bright sound of maple. Wild cherry is a locally grown wood in Canada which becomes an ecological choice. Silver leaf maple forms the smooth neck for this model.

Takamine G340
This model comes from the Takamine G series acoustic guitars. Its back and sides are made up of mahogany and has a spruce top. The classic dreadnought body of this model is made up with rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays and gold tuners. The smooth gloss natural finish adds to its appeal.

The guitar as a musical instrument shares a very emotional attachment with its player. Different people maybe comfortable with different makes of the instrument, nonetheless, any of these guitar types and their performers promise to spell magic when they come together.

Types of Guitars

One may get confounded while purchasing a guitar, as there are diverse sorts of guitars to browse. Each of them has a novel shape, size and sound. Perused on to know which of these guitars suits your style.

The different types of guitars vary depending upon the types of strings used, and the shape and size of the guitar. There are basically two types, acoustic guitars and electrical guitars.

Acoustic Guitars
These are the most traditional types of guitars that are most commonly used. They are hollow, large and are made up of thin wood. Acoustic guitars do not use external amplification and are generally used for playing in front of a small audience. Almost every type of music can be played using acoustic guitars, but they are considered best for playing country or folk music. There are different types of acoustic guitars that have different features. These are:

  • Classical Guitar
  • Steel Guitar
  • Twelve String Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Resonator Guitar

Classical Guitars: The strings of classical guitars are made from nylon and they have a wider neck as compared to other types. The sound generated by classical guitar is warm and gentle. Though classical guitars are mainly used for playing classical music (hence the name), all kinds of music can be played on it. They are also used to play Flamenco or ballad music. Classical guitars are also called nylon-string guitars, Spanish guitars and Concert guitars.

Steel Guitars: The way the steel guitars are played is different from other types of guitar and it requires special training. They are played horizontally by placing across the knees of the player or keeping them on their stands. Lap steel guitar and pedal steel guitar are two main varieties of steel guitar. Steel guitars are also known as Hawaiian guitars as this technique of playing originated in Hawaii.

Twelve String Guitars: Almost all types are made up of six strings, but twelve string guitars, as the name suggests, are made up of 12 strings. The strings are paired, in way that each pair is tuned at same note, with one of the string tuned at a higher octave. The arrangement of the strings produces a semi-chorus effect while playing. They are more difficult to play and are also more expensive.

Bass Guitars: The strings of bass guitars are thick and long, and tuning it is considered quite difficult. The number of strings in it can vary between 4 to 6; the four string bass guitar, being the most commonly used. They are used to generate the bass of the rhythm. Both acoustic and electric bass guitars are available, amongst which, electric bass guitars are most commonly used.

Resonator Guitars: Resonator guitars are also called resophonic guitars and were invented to increase the volume of the music generated by traditional acoustic guitar. The resonators, which generate the sound, are made up of metal instead of wood. Resonator guitars are used in bluegrass, country music and blues. They can either be square necked and played in the steel guitar style or round necked and played in the classical guitar style.

Electric Guitars
Electric guitars require amplification to hear the music properly. They have longer necks, and solid or semi-sold bodies. They are connected to amplifiers to amplify the vibrations generated. Electric guitars have control knobs that help fine-tune the strings and generate a variety of tunes. It is always comfortable to play electric guitars as less force is required to press its strings and the method of tuning is very easy. They are used in jazz, rock, blues and pop music.

There are different types of electric guitars that have different features. These are:

  • Solid Body Electric Guitars
  • Chambered Body Electric Guitars
  • Semi Acoustic Electric Guitars
  • Full Hollowbody Electric Guitars
  • Electric Acoustic Guitars

Solid Body: Solid body electric guitars are not hollow like acoustic guitars, but are completely solid. As these guitars do not rely on vibration to produce sound, they can be constructed in such a manner. Solid body guitars rely on pickups, amplifiers and speakers to produce sound. They are made of hardwood, and high-end premium guitars can be made to order with your choice of wood. Solid body guitars ensure that the sound reproduced is of the string vibration only, leading to a cleaner sound reproduction.

Chambered Body: Chambered body electric guitars are made of solid wood but have a few chambers in them that are hollowed out. Such hollow chambers are placed in such a way that it does not hamper the bridge and anchor points on the guitar’s body. Usually the reason for using a chambered body guitar is because of its lesser weight as compared to solid body guitars. Sometimes chambered body guitars may also be used to achieve a sound that is a slight mix of an acoustic and electric guitar.

Semi Acoustic: Semi acoustic electric guitars are built with a hollow body in order to get a more acoustic guitar sound. They are made from thin sheets of wood and are not the same as acoustic guitars. Pickups are used to reproduce sound that consists of string vibration as well as body vibration. Such guitars provide a plain tone and are predominantly used in blues music. They are not as loud as true acoustic guitars, but can be used with the pickup turned off or ‘unplugged’.

Full Hollowbody: Full hollowbody guitars are made of several sheets of wood pasted together, but are completely hollow. They can be termed as acoustic guitars, and they sound and play as loud as acoustic guitars. They fall into the electric guitar category as they have a pickup that can be used to amplify sound and add effects as and when required. They are often played unplugged in enclosed areas. Full hollowbody guitars are also called archtop guitars.

Electric Acoustic: Electric acoustic guitars are actually acoustic guitars that have been fitted with a pickup or a mic (usually inside the body) to amplify the body vibrations produced. Usually there are a number of pickups of various types used in an electric acoustic guitar. The important difference between these and semi acoustic guitars is that these do not use the regular pickups found on electric guitars. Also the pickups used on these is more to capture the body vibration rather than the string vibration.

Best Acoustic and Electric Guitar Brands
If you are looking to buy a guitar , there are many brands available in the market that you can choose from. Depending on how much intend to spend, you can choose the perfect guitar for you. Given below are some of the best brands that offer electric as well as acoustic guitars.

Gibson Fender
Yamaha ESP
Ibanez Martin
Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars Ernie Ball Music Man
B.C. Rich Gretsch
Jackson Peavey
Carvin Epiphone
Hamer Squier
Warwick Charvel
Larrivée Guild Guitars
Takamine Taylor
Samick/ Greg Bennett Line 6
Seagull Avalon
Kramer Ovation
Alvarez Oscar Schmidt
Dean Guitars Tacoma

It is impossible to state a comprehensive list of all types of guitars, but among the less commonly seen but equally loved types are the baritone guitar, baroque guitar, flat top guitar, harp guitar, lap steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, Portuguese guitar, Renaissance guitar, Russian guitar, and the 7-String electric guitar. The difference between them can be well understood after playing each of them. So, go ahead and pick up a guitar of your choice from your nearest musical instrument shop.

Guitar Brands List Review

With such a large number of top names giving quality hardware to browse, it winds up as the guitar that suits your particular style. Whatever playing level you’re at, there’s a guitar with your name on it.

Some reputed musicians may prefer Gibson for primary use, while others might favor Fender models. Therefore, it can in no way be directly claimed that one guitar brand is better than the other. Each brand has its own goodwill and reputation in the music industry. However, there are few brands which are used widely all over the world.

Best Guitar Brands

Gibson
Many musicians consider guitars made by Gibson to be the best. The most famous guitar model manufactured by this corporation is the ‘Les Paul’. Gibson is also a parent company to many other music instrument producing brands.

Fender
In the music industry, Fender guitars are considered as being equal with Gibson guitars in terms of product quality and sound. The ‘Stratocaster’ and ‘Telecaster’ are two major models of guitars manufactured by Fender.

Yamaha
Yamaha is one company that produces acoustic, bass, and electric guitars; drums and percussion; keyboards; pianos; and professional audio systems. Its guitars are also widely used by musicians and artists all over the globe.

Ibanez
Electric guitars produced by this Japanese manufacturer are used by those who are into rock and metal music. Ibanez is well known in the USA and Europe for coming up with a variety of guitar models suitable for all types of musicians.

Ernie Ball Music Man
The most popular bass guitar is the StingRay. Music Man basses are used by bass guitarists like John Leven, John Myung, and Tony Kanal.

ESP
This is also one of the best guitar brands out there in the musical instrument market. Along with a quality build and a good tone, guitars manufactured by ESP are even not that expensive to purchase. Few musicians who use ESP guitars are Kirk Hammett, George Lynch, and Richie Sambora.

Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars
This company is very famous for coming up with beautifully crafted guitars, without compromising with the tone of the instrument. It offers solid body, hollow body, acoustic guitars, and a wide range of signature models.

Takamine
This guitar manufacturing corporation is famous for producing steel-string guitars in its major product line. They only produce acoustic guitars, along with models which have an equalizer and tuner. It is believed to be the best acoustic guitar brand.

Squier: Squier is a subsidiary brand of the Fender corporation, producing inexpensive guitars for those who want a good sound in a decent price. It also produces the Squier Stratocaster, which has an unnoticeable difference from the Fender Strat.

Epiphone: The Epiphone is backed up by the world-famous Gibson as the parent company. Like the Squire is for Fender, Epiphone is for Gibson. It produces inexpensive models of the very costly Gibson Les Paul guitars, under the name of Epiphone Les Paul. It offers very affordable models of good sounding acoustics as well.

Other Guitar Brands

  • Gretsch
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • Samick/ Greg Bennett
  • Oscar Schmidt
  • Seagull
  • Alvarez
  • Kramer
  • Dean
  • B.C. Rich
  • Jackson
  • Hamer
  • Ovation
  • Avalon
  • Charvel
  • Peavey
  • Tacoma
  • Line 6
  • Larrivée
  • Carvin
  • Warwick

Hopefully, you might have got good information from the above mentioned guitar brand names. If you are searching for inexpensive guitars with a good sound; you can go in for brands such as Epiphone, Squire, Greg Bennett, Ibanez, and Yamaha.

Tips to Consider Before Buying Your First Guitar

Your first guitar won’t just serve as an instrument for communicating your emotions through music, it will likewise turn into your nearest buddy. In this way, before you offer your trust in pretty much any guitar, here are a couple of things to consider before purchasing your first guitar!

I don’t know about others, but I chose to take a few guitar lessons first before I went ahead and bought my first guitar. I would use one of my teacher’s guitars during the lessons and practice on my friend’s guitar at home. This way, I was able to bid some time and save up for my own guitar, if ever I decided to get one. However, a lot of people I know first bought their guitars and then enrolled for guitar lessons or taught themselves through books and online research.

One of the foremost things that you must consider before buying a guitar is to ask yourself the reason for wanting to do so. Is playing the guitar a desire you have harbored for a really long time or is it just a passing phase? Depending on your love for music and the instrument, you will have to decide whether the guitar is the best choice for you or not. If you feel that you might get bored of it or find it too difficult to learn, I suggest that you wait until you’re ready to get your very own guitar. The reason being, the guitar requires a certain level of maintenance and looking after, and constant practice in order to ensure that the instrument stays in optimal form, does not warp, or lose the vitality of its strings.

Which Guitar Would You Prefer – Electric or Acoustic

The acoustic guitar with metal strings or the classical guitar with nylon strings is often preferred by beginners, because it is portable, does not require amps and cables, and can be played unplugged. The basics of guitar are often taught on the acoustic guitar, so if you plan on joining a guitar class, buying your own acoustic guitar is the wise thing to do. Not only would you get the chance to practice on your own guitar, you will get to take it home and practice some more. The longer you play on one guitar, the more familiar you become with it, and thus, you will be more comfortable playing it often. On the other hand, starting with the semi-acoustic or electric guitar can help you learn about using guitar pedals, pickups, vibrato arms, and other guitar components with greater ease. The only downside of starting lessons with an electric guitar is that it does not sound good without being plugged and that can take a lot away for those trying to learn the notes by ear.

Which Genre Do You Plan on Playing?

Depending on the genre of music, you will need to decide whether your needs will be met by an acoustic or electric guitar. If you wish to start with basic major and minor chords, and blues scale, an acoustic guitar would be ideal. Another way to decide upon the type of guitar you want is to go for the guitar that your favorite artist uses often. Acoustic ‘Dreadnought’ and classical guitars are great for playing country music, folk songs, bluegrass, and pop tunes. However, if your goal is to play guitar with heavy distortions and solos, an electric guitar will suit your needs better.

Consider Testing Some Guitars First

It is always better to visit some of the local guitar stores near your locality and check out their collection. This way, you will get the opportunity to try out various types of guitars, select the one that sounds the best, and is the easiest for you to play. Since guitars come in various cuts, designs, and sizes, the owner of the store will be able to show you guitars that are well-suited for beginners. Make a note of the guitar models you liked a lot, their prices, and do the same for every store you visit.

Do a Thorough Guitar Search and Research

Once you have made a list of the guitars you like, begin searching for discounts on the same brand and model on the Internet. Many of the guitars sold in shops tend to be sold on discounted rates online. Read the reviews by others who purchased the guitars shortlisted by you, and decide if you really want to settle down for the guitar model or not. Reviews can tell a lot about the individual user’s experience with the guitar and pros and cons of having invested in the particular guitar model and brand.

Consider the Cost, and Plan Your Budget

For beginners, it is often advised to go in for cheaper guitars that sound good and serve the basic purpose of helping the user learn the instrument. It is also better to invest less initially so that in case you do not enjoy playing the guitar, you do not have to feel guilty about having dished out so much of money for nothing. On the other hand, you can always save and spend a little more so that you can go in for a good guitar, and treat it as a long-term investment. It all boils down to your needs, budget, and willingness to spend for a good instrument. Another alternative is to buy a used guitar from a friend or online, and save yourself the unnecessary expense. The biggest downside to buying secondhand guitars is that you will need to be extremely cautious that the seller does not try to pass off a damaged guitar to you.

Go in for a guitar that not only sounds good, but is also comfortable to hold and play. The strings must press down easily and not be too sharp or hard. Also, make sure that you don’t get talked into buying a guitar by a salesman and end up with a guitar that is not suitable for you. Moreover, once you get your first guitar, the next stop is to find a good guitar coach and put in plenty of hours of practice!

Guide to Remember Guitar String Names

Useful Tip
Regardless of a different tuning by which you might play your instrument, always remember the string names according to the universal or standard tuning, i.e., EBGDAE from bottom to top, and vice versa.

Some refer to it as EADGBE, while others call it EBGDAE; for a beginner who is learning the guitar, it is always confusing to remember the names of guitar strings, especially while tuning them. Though most times it is better to design your own methods for this issue, some of the tried and tested ones are also quite useful for learning this instrument efficiently in your amateur days.

There are a number of techniques that can be used for this task. Most people like making acronyms and/or mnemonics, which include both the string identities as well as their positions. Assigning numbers is also favored for the same. Others simply repeat the names in order several times everyday till the time they cannot be easily forgotten!

The standard naming of acoustic/electric guitars, and four and five-string bass guitars is given in the following images:

String Names of Acoustic/Electric Guitar

String Names of Four-string Bass Guitar

String Names of Five-string Bass Guitar

Easy Ways to Remember Guitar String Names

The Numbering Method

In this technique, you have assign specific numbers for each string by maintaining their positional order. For example, if you want to memorize or learn the strings of an acoustic or electric guitar, then assign numbers 1 to 6 to each of the strings. You can either start from the top or the bottom, depending on your convenience. But make sure to maintain the same order. This is represented in the following manner:

Numbering System of Guitar Strings
In the image given above, each letter represents one string along with its specific number. In the second portion, the string position remains same but the numbering becomes exactly opposite, i.e., the lowermost E string is now the 6th one.

The Acronym and Mnemonic Method

This is a very creative way to memorize and learn the string names, be it an acoustic, electric, or even a bass guitar. An acronym stands for the short form of a longer phrase or name of a particular entity: in this case, the acronyms are EBGDAE, EADGBE, GDAE, etc. Make a simple acronym of six words using a mnemonic; the 1st letter of every word, read in order, will stand for each of the guitar string names. A mnemonic is a creative way that makes it easier to remember, and being quite appealing, it also gets stuck in your head easily. You can even memorize the guitar string notes using this method.

Some of the best acronyms for used for string naming of acoustic/electric guitars are given below. All the highlighted letters are the respective guitar string names.

Acoustic/Electric Guitars

From Low to High Frequency Strings

Every Amateur Does Get Better Eventually

Easter Angels Don’t Give Broken Eggs

Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears

Each Apple Does Get Bitten Eventually

Every Average Dude Gets Better Eventually
From High to Low Frequency Strings

Every Body Goes Down An Escalator

Every Beer Got Drank At Earl’s

Easter Bunnies Get Drunk At Easter

Elvis’ Big Great Dane Ate Everything

Every Big Girl Deserves An Elephant

The By-heart Method

If everything fails, simply learn the string names by-heart; say it repeatedly in you head: EBGDAE, EBGDAE, or EADGBE, EADGBE. In case of bass guitars, it will be GDAE, GDAEB, or even GDAEBG (for 6-string basses). You will surely remember this, as the names will now be stuck in your head forever!

Whatever way is used to memorize and learn all the guitar string names, never start or end without the standard order in which they are positioned and played. This order mostly is that of the standard tuning, but also might vary if you drop-tune your guitar to different frequencies.

Tips to Great Acoustic Guitar Songs

On the off chance that you have an acoustic guitar, then you got the chance to have some awesome numbers to play on it as well! To bail you out with it, here is a rundown of some great acoustic tunes you can murmur while playing your guitar.

When I hum and strum the song thank you for loving me by the great Bon Jovi, I can feel the magic of its tune and melody. Listen to the following acoustic guitar songs, and you will know what I mean…

Great Acoustic Songs to Play On Guitar

  • A Horse With No Name – America
  • For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
  • Feeling Alright – Dave Mason
  • Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan
  • Working Class Hero – John Lennon
  • Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
  • Redemption Song – Bob Marley
  • Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Bob
  • Everything I Do – Bryan Adams
  • Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
  • More Than Words – Extreme
  • Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  • Time of Your Life (Good Riddance) – Green Day
  • Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
  • Love Will Keep Us Alive – Eagles
  • Your Body Is A Wonderland – John Mayer
  • Underneath Your Clothes – Shakira
  • Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
  • Working Class Hero – John Lennon
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
  • Wonderwall – Oasis
  • Wanted Dead or Alive- Jon Bon Jovi
  • Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Scientist – ColdPlay
  • You Just Can’t See Him From The Road – Chris Ledoux
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrisson
  • And I Love Her – The Beatles
  • I’m Ready – Bryan
  • Sunshine On Your Love – Cream
  • You – Switchfoot
  • Turn The Page – Bob Seger
  • Old Man – Neil Young
  • As Tears Go – The Rolling Stones
  • Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
  • Eight Days a Week – The Beatles
  • Hang on Sloopy – The McCoys
  • In A Gadda Da Vida – Iron Butterfly
  • Hero – Enrique
  • You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

Love Songs

  • Sail Away – David Gray
  • Always A Use – Madeleine Peyroux
  • Love And Affection – Joan Armatrading
  • First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
  • Love Song – The Cure
  • Goodbye My Lover – James Blunt
  • Wishing I Was Here – Natalie Imbruglia
  • Natalie Imbruglia – Gordon Haskell
  • A Smile That Explodes – Joseph Arthur
  • Good People – Jack Johnson

Country Songs

  • You’ll Think of Me – Keith Urban
  • I Can Still Make Cheyenne – George Strait
  • Teardrops On My Guitar – Taylor Swift
  • In Color – Jamey Johnson
  • I Go Back – Kenny Chesney
  • A Long Way Home – Dwight Yoakam
  • Troubadour – George Strait
  • I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
  • Honky Tonkin – Hank Williams
  • Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash

Rock Songs

  • Run Around – Blues
  • Carolina in My Mind – James
  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
  • Barely Breathing – Duncan Sheik
  • 3 AM – Matchbox Twenty
  • Dear Prudence – The Beatles
  • Against The Wind – Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane – John Denver
  • Four Strong Winds – Neil Young

Now that you have the lists of such great songs, all you need to do is to grab your guitar and bring the house down!

Tips to Acoustic Guitar Tabs for Beginners

unduhan-12Acoustic guitar is a standout amongst the most resonant instruments that can be aced effectively with the assistance of basic finger practices for novices. This article gives some concise and simple tabs for acoustic guitar; begineers will without a doubt advantage from these activities to wind up better guitar players.

The acoustic guitar is pretty easy to play with the help of regular practice and patient hard work. Nowadays, many people select this instrument, and randomly start playing and strumming it, without actually realizing the importance of notations, and the beauty represented by every single note, scale, and chord.

Knowing Your Instrument

It is an absolute necessity to have a good knowledge about your instrument, even before you undertake any of the guitar lessons. An acoustic guitar has 6 strings placed in descending order according to the scale and pitch. It means that from the resonance and scale point of view, the first string from the top is the ‘lowest’ note that can be played on the instrument, and on the other hand, the bottommost string is the ‘highest’ one that can be played. It is also important that you study the parts of this instrument while learning the guitar tabs, especially the neck and sound hole. The strings of the guitar when played ‘open’ (without pressing any fret), would give you the notes E, A, D, G, B, and E (higher).

Exploring the Fretboard

If you take a look at the fretboard, you would notice that the frets become smaller and smaller in an ascending fashion, towards the guitar’s body. It means that broader the fret, lower is the note, and smaller the fret, higher is the note. The strings as mentioned give the notation E, A, D, G, B, E when played open. The next step is to figure out which fret would give you which note. The following diagram would help you to understand the fretboard. Note that the guitar tabs are written in a similar manner, and the first string in the diagram is the lowermost one, i.e., E (higher E) on the actual guitar.

Fret No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
open E F F# G G# A A# B C C# D D# E
open B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A# B
open G G# A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G
open D D# E F F# G G# A A# B C C# D
open A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A
open E F F# G G# A A# B C C# D D# E

Free Acoustic Guitar Tabs for Beginners

One of the key aspects that is to be studied very sincerely, is the development of your fingers. This aspect can be classified into 3 types, namely the development of fret pressing, alternate fret playing, and crisscross fret playing.

Fret Pressing
The following exercise would help you to develop your grip over the guitar’s neck. It is necessary to practice this exercise as frequently and regularly as possible. Practicing these beginner acoustic guitar tabs in a disciplined timing and rhythm is also important. For this, you can also use a metronome.

E——————————————————-1-2-3-4-|
B———————————————1-2-3-4———–|
G———————————–1-2-3-4———————|
D————————-1-2-3-4——————————-|
A—————1-2-3-4—————————————–|
E—–1-2-3-4—————————————————|

E——————————————————-5-6-7-8-|
B———————————————5-6-7-8———–|
G———————————–5-6-7-8———————|
D————————-5-6-7-8——————————-|
A—————5-6-7-8—————————————–|
E—–5-6-7-8—————————————————|

The numbers indicate the fret number. You may also try out the same exercise for higher frets i.e., the ones that precede fret no. 8, and also for all the strings.

Alternate Fret Pressing
This also is another very important finger exercise for beginners, and provided below are the steps.

E——————————————-2–4—-|
B————————————1–3———–|
G—————————–2–4——————|
D———————-1–3————————-|
A—————2–4——————————–|
E——-1—3—————————————|

E—————————————-2–4—–|
B——————————–1–3—–1–3—|
G———————-2–4—-2–4————–|
D————–1–3—–1–3———————|
A——-2–4—-2–4—————————–|
E—–1–3—————————————-|

Crisscross Fret Playing
This exercise would help you to co-ordinate the motion of all your four playing fingers.

E—————————-|
B—————————-|
G————–4-4———-|
D————3—–3——–|
A———2———-2——|
E——-1—————1—|

E——1————–1–|
B——–2———2—–|
G———-3—–3——-|
D————4-4———|
A————————-|
E————————-|

It is an extremely important exercise, due to the fact that it helps you to develop a coordination between all you fingers, and also between your right and left hand.

Once you have developed a reasonable amount of finger strength, you can proceed to learn the guitar tabs, chords, and scales. While playing the chords and scales, you may refer to the notation chart that has been provided above. For exploration of the fretboard, and for developing the sense of scales, you can also undertake some exercises such as playing all the C#’s or F’s on the fretboard. This is a highly effective exercise as the note sounds are registered by your ear. No matter which guitar tabs you refer to, developing your ear for the tune is extremely important.

The last tip that I wish to give you is to feel every scale and chord that you play, because each and every notation that is present in there, is full of life!

History of the Acoustic Guitar

The melancholic sound of an acoustic guitar has fascinated individuals everywhere throughout the world. This instrument involves an indispensable position in the combination of music, and has a critical past.

An acoustic guitar produces a dynamic sound through the vibration of strings, which are played with a plectrum or with fingers. The guitar body is hollow, and it resonates the sound after the tension that is applied on the strings is released. The sound intensity and amplitude depends on the exertion of pressure on the strings.

An acoustic guitar’s body varies depending upon its size and make. Hollow bodies produce a deep and thick sound, which is not possible with the ones that have a relatively flat soundboard. The type and quality of strings that are used also determines the sound quality and crispness of this instrument. Although they are used without any amplification, you can amplify them by using microphones or pick-ups. Some companies also manufacture them with inbuilt plug-in jacks, to connect them to electric amplifiers. Some of the most commonly used guitar types are the steel string, the nylon string (classical guitar), and the lap-steel string guitars.

The classical guitar is basically played with finger-style plucking, and it has been there since the 1700’s. Earlier, catgut strings were used for this guitar, but now, nylon strings are used. The steel string guitars are the most common and modern type of acoustic guitars. They are mostly played with the help of a plectrum/pick, and these instruments can produce a loud and vibrant sound. The lap-steel string guitar is played by pressing a glass or metal slider/bar against the strings instead of pressing them with fingers. This instrument has two types: Lap slide guitars and Resonator guitars.

Origin and History

The word “guitar” has been derived from the name “chartar” in Old Persian, which means “four strings”. The oldest existing guitar-like instrument, which was discovered in Egypt, is now kept in the Archeological museum in Cairo. It belonged to the Egyptian singer called Har-Mose. This instrument had three strings, and a plectrum was attached to the neck with the help of a cord. Polished cedar wood was used to make the guitar’s body, and it could possibly be one of the most ancient string instruments to be preserved.

Although the exact dates about the existence of the acoustic guitar is inconclusive and controversial, its history dates back to 1200 AD, when two versions of a four-stringed guitar evolved. The first one was the Moorish Guitar, which consisted of several sound holes, and had an oval-shaped rounded body along with a very wide fretboard. The other version was the Guitarra Latina (which means Latin Guitar), which had one sound hole, and a relatively narrower neck. The depiction of an instrument, which displayed the characteristics of a guitar can be found on the stone carving of a Hittite bard, which dates around 3,300 years old. Several Egyptian wall paintings also show people who are playing guitar-like instruments.

The origin of the guitar can be traced back to thousands of years to central Asia and India, where the use of stringed instruments such as Persian setar and tanbur, and even bowl harps led to the evolution of similar and advanced guitar types. During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Spanish vihuela, a guitar-like instrument with twelve paired strings that are tuned like a lute, led to a transitional development of the modern guitar types.

During the Baroque era, a guitar that was much smaller than the modern type was used extensively. This lightweight instrument made the use of gut strings, which were also used as fret marks that were tied to the guitar’s neck. In parts of Europe, the Scandinavian lut (indigenous six string lute) that is similar to a guitar, gained much prominence and demand. This instrument was introduced to the central European regions by the “Moors”, especially in Spain. It has many strings and a short neck, with a pear-shaped body.

Gaetano Vinaccia, who came from a family of luthiers, was accomplished at constructing mandolins. He is believed to have made the first six-string guitar in 1779 in Naples, Italy. The renaissance and baroque guitars, which are considered as the ancestors of the classical guitars, generated much delicate sounds as compared to the modern classical counterparts. They were used as rhythm accompaniments, unlike the modern classical guitar, which is used as an accompaniment and solo instrument. The credit for establishing the design and construction of the first modern classical guitar goes to Antonio Torres Jurado in the 1850s. The superior quality of his instruments and tone that they produced, made him one of the most revered luthiers among the musicians of his time. The tuning pegs of this instrument in the 18th and 19th centuries were made from bone and wood.

Gradually, after the 16th century, this four-stringed instrument evolved to a five string one, and ultimately to a modern six-stringed instrument. The five string guitar was extensively worked upon by Antonio Stradivarius in the late 1600s, and at the start of the 1700s, this instrument started being available with six strings, with the Italians being the primary developers. By early 1900s, steel strings came into the picture and guitars with X-braced tops were made by Christian Fredrich Martin. Around the 1920s, Orville Gibson started making archtop guitars that has oval sound holes, and around the same time jazz guitars were being developed by Lloyd Loar in collaboration with Gibson. After some years, when electric pickups were invented, the first electric guitar was made around 1950s, and some of the biggest names in the guitar manufacturing industry like Paul Bigsby, Les Paul, and Leo Fender, played a major role in this scenario. Today, Les Paul, Gibson, and Fender are some of the largest guitar manufacturing companies in the world.

The craftsmanship of acoustic guitars has evolved over the years, and guitar luthiers are building custom-made guitars for musicians all over the world. The tradition and style of various acoustic guitar players is encompassed beautifully in the strains of their music. The roots and history of acoustic guitars has contributed significantly in the construction and design ideas of modern guitars, which created and still continue to have a magnetic effect on people all over the world.