The Guitar and its Parts
Lessons in this Section:
[ Electric Guitar ] Acoustic [ Strings ]

An acoustic guitar is basically the same as an electric guitar without the electronics. Many acoustics come with a pickup inside or you can buy a pickup and insert it into an acoustic to make it amplified or for recording.

Snapshot of an Acoustic Guitar
Guitar Type: Standard Acoustic Guitar

Diagram Explanations

Hardware
Description
Pickups
A coil wound with fine wire which converts the sound into electrical signals.
Whammy Bar
Also known as Tremelo arm: Used for mechanical Vibrato or pitch control.
Pickup Selecter
Switch used to cycle between pick-ups for different tones.
Volume
Raises or lowers Volume
Tones
Changes the Color quality of the sound.
Output Jack
Receiver for cable wire.
Bridge
Section for fixing and supporting the strings on a guitar.
Strap Holder
Holds strap in place.
Tuners
Machine heads, used to change the pitch of individual strings.
Head
aka: headstock: Mount for Tuners; distinguishing designer piece.
Nut
Point at which the strings are supported as they run from the fingerboard to the Headstock.
Fret
Metal strips placed across the fingerbaord to determine semitonal spacing.
Fretboard
aka fingerboard. Wooden section with mounted Frets.

 

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