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Anatomy of a Guitar

By Kyle of Kyle's Virtual Guitar Lessons!

 

So you have a guitar, and you want to learn how to play it, right? First, get to know your guitar a little better. Here is a diagram of the electric guitar, along with part definitions. (The acoustic guitar will be quite similar.)

picture of electric guitar

Body: The main part of the guitar, which connects to the guitar neck. This is also where the pickups and bridge are located.

Bridge: This is an area on the face of the guitar where the strings are connected to the face.

Frets: Vertical metal wires that sit vertically on the guitar neck.

Headstock: The area of the guitar at the end of the neck where the strings are tuned.

Neck: The long narrow part of the guitar where notes are fretted. Located between the body and headstock of the guitar.

Nut: The point on the guitar neck where the strings touch the neck and join the headstock.

Pickup Switch: A switch located on the body of the guitar used to select different pickups for different tones and sounds.

Pickups: A magnet wrapped in wires that sits on the face of an electric guitar, underneath the strings. When the strings move, it interferes with the magnetic field of the pickup, and that impulse is sent to the amplifier. The impulse is then modified at the amplifier.

Tremolo (aka Whammy Bar) : A bar connected to the bridge of the guitar. By moving the tremolo bar up or down, you can move the bridge, thus changing the pitch.

Tuning Pegs: The pegs located at the headstock, which are used to tune the guitar. The machine heads have gears that can tighten or loosen the string when turned.

Volume and Tone Control: Control knobs on the body of the guitar used to adjust guitar volume and tone.

By Kyle of Kyle's Virtual Guitar Lessons

Copyright (c) 2001 Kyle's Virtual Guitar Lessons. All rights reserved.

 

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