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Renaissance and Baroque are the ancestors of the modern classical and flamenco guitar. They are substantially smaller, more delicate in construction, and generate less volume. The strings are paired in courses as in a modern 12-string guitar, but they only have four or five courses of strings rather than six single strings normally used now.

Generally if it has a pickup with either a solid or hollow body it is an electric. The solid body guitar was first popularised by the Fender Telecaster and then the Stratocaster. The Tele, or relations of it, was the first high production instrument that was comfortable to play and sounded great. As a specialist UK guitar shop we get access to some of the best guitar deals around. Check out our offers page for discounted acoustic and electric guitars, amps and effects to find yourself a bargain.

The majority of the instrument’s sound is heard through the vibration of the guitar top as the energy of the vibrating strings is transferred to it. The body of an acoustic guitar has a sound hole through which sound projects. The sound hole is usually a round hole in the top of the guitar under the strings. The truss rod is a thin, strong metal rod that runs along the inside of the neck.

Modern guitars can be constructed to suit both left- and right-handed players. This is similar to the violin family of instruments where the dominant hand controls the bow. Left-handed players usually play a mirror image instrument manufactured especially for left-handed players. There are other options, some unorthodox, including learn to play a right-handed guitar as if the player is right-handed or playing an unmodified right-handed guitar reversed.

Standard tuning has evolved to provide a good compromise between simple fingering for many chords and the ability to play common scales with reasonable left-hand movement. There are also a variety of commonly used alternative tunings, for example, the classes of open, regular, and dropped tunings. Chords can be shifted diagonally in major-thirds tuning and other regular tunings. In standard tuning, chords change their shape because of the irregular major-third G-B. In standard tuning, the C-major chord has three shapes because of the irregular major-third between the G- and B-strings.

Its grooves guide the strings onto the fretboard, giving consistent lateral string placement. It must be accurately cut, or it can contribute to tuning problems due to string slippage or string buzz. To reduce string friction in the nut, which can adversely affect tuning stability, some fit a roller nut. In this case the nut is used only for lateral alignment of the strings, the string height and length being dictated by the zero fret. Some electric guitar models feature piezoelectric pickups, which function as transducers to provide a sound closer to that of an acoustic guitar with the flip of a switch or knob, rather than switching guitars. Those that combine piezoelectric pickups and magnetic pickups are sometimes known as hybrid guitars.

Kerfed lining is also called kerfing because it is scored, or “kerfed”, to allow it to bend with the shape of the rib). During final construction, a small section of the outside corners is carved or routed out and filled with binding material on the outside corners and decorative strips of material next to the binding, which is called purfling. Purfling can also appear on the back of an acoustic guitar, marking the edge joints of the two or three sections of the back. Binding and purfling materials are generally made of either wood or plastic. The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that typically has six strings.