The Different Types of Guitars

The Different Types of Guitars

In this article we will explore the different types of guitars and study the differences.

Acoustic Guitars

Undoubtedly, the first type that comes to mind is the Acoustic guitar. The classic guitar comes with nylon strings and produces soft tones. The steel-string variation has a disctinct metallic sound and is sometimes referred to a “flat top”.

Electric Guitars

Electric Guitar consist of a solid body and are used with an amplifier. The sound is not generated by the body but rather from the strings resonating above the built-in pickups, which is then further enhanced by the amplifier. With a overdriven gain or distortion effect, they typical crunchy Rock sound is achieved.

Electro-Acoustic Guitars

Also known as Semi-Acoustics, these are acoustic guitars which also feature a pickup. These pickups are designed to preserve a natural sound and are used to amplify the volume only. The player can choose whether he wants to plug the guitar in or not.

Archtop Guitars

Also known as Hollowbody guitars, these models have a semi-holow body with violin-style f-holes and are used in combination with an amp, while drawing some acoustic resonance from within the body. This style of Guitar has become popular among Jazz musicians.
Twelve-string Guitars
This type of guitar is a variation of the acoustic six string. Each string has a second thinner pair that is tuned an octave higher. Since each string has a pair, you play a twelve string just as you would a six string. In general, this type of guitar produces a brighter tone that it’s six string counterpart and is mostly used as a rhythm instrument.

Steel Guitars

The steel guitar originates from Hawaii. It is placed horizontally across the player’s lap. The style of playing involving alternative tunings and the use of a slide. Positioning the guitar horizontally allows the player to better control the slide technique.
Double-neck Guitars
The double-neck guitar is an advanced design that features two necks on one guitar body. The guitarist can switch between each one. Typically, one has a six string neck and the other one has a twelve-string neck. Particularly skilled guitarists uses this type of guitar to play rhythm and solo segments on the different necks.

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