This is one, wonderful instrument……the guitarThe guitar is stringed instrument that is an integral part of various musical styles. This traditional solo classical instrument has ancient roots, dating as far back as 4000 years ago! One interesting definition of the guitar is, ‘a fretted neck instrument, fitted with a flat wooden soundboard, some ribs and a back with incurved sides’. The modern guitar can be played acoustically, or with the support of an amplifier. The musical tones are either produced by modulated string vibrations or electronic manipulation. Today, this musical instrument has a profound influence on music cultures around the world, especially, since the introduction of the electric guitars in the 1930s.
The various references to the guitar in ancient times included guitarra, gitarre, guitare, qitara, cithara, kithara and sihtar. Traditionally, they were constructed with combinations of various woods. The strings were made of animal gut.
Leo Fender, Les Paul and Paul Bigsby are all credited with inventing the modern electric solid body guitar. However, a new book by Andy Babiuk claims that it was Paul Bigsby who should be credited with the invention. This is what Babiuk had to say when asked how he arrived at Bigsby.
“Well, in truth, when I did the research for this book, it really just shows in facts,” Babiuk says. “And as you dig deeper into this information, you find that people like Leo Fender or the Gibson company — they did borrow the ideas from Paul Bigsby.”
Electric guitars are fitted with electromagnetic pickups to convert string vibrations into electrical signals. These are then fed into an amplifier and modified via vacuum tubes.
Guitars can be constructed for left and right-handed players. The features are modified accordingly, to enhance the dynamics and tonal expressions.
An acoustic guitar emits sound via a soundboard, typically a wooden mount on the front of the design. Flat-top or steel-string guitars have reinforced necks that are narrower with a strong structural design. They are an integral part of Folk, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Pop music.