So, you want to be a rockstar. You’ve got the looks, perhaps you even have the voice (not really necessary but that’s for a different post) and you can play a mean air guitar. However, when handed an actual guitar, you’re lost. Well, we’re here to help you! Identifying a guitar is the first step towards knowing which one you’re going to learn to play (It’s really only between the acoustic, electric and bass guitar when it comes to rock & Metal). Here’s a list of some of the more popular types.
Acoustic guitars are available in two kinds; steel-string and classical. The difference between the two is that classical guitars have a wide neck and use nylon strings while the steel-strings produce a metallic sound that is a unique part of various trendy music styles. They are similar in that you can use a plectrum or finger-style to play them. The steel-string acoustic can also be referred as the flat top at times. Acoustic guitars have a hollow body and produce a deep tone and they are perfect for chord rhythmic strumming.
This guitar is used to play rock, Metal, blues, jazz or pop music. They are plugged into an amplifier to produce a loud voice. When amplified it produces a metallic sound with a long decay. Electric guitars have thinner strings compared to acoustic guitars.
This guitar is a simple variation of the usual six string guitar model. It has usual six strings and
another set of thinner strings. Every string of the second set matches the note of its standard string counterpart. The strings create pairs and are played in a similar way as the usual six-string guitar. It produces a brighter more gangly tone compared to six-string. It is essential for chord progressions that need thickening.
This is a semi-hollow steel-string acoustic or electric guitar. It is jazz guitarists favorite. Acoustic and electric archtops have a similar design but differ due to addition of electro-magnetic pickups and pots. Archtop guitars are available in full-bodied and thin line.
This guitar originated from Hawaii. It is placed horizontally crossways on the player’s knees hence very different from other guitars. There exist two kinds of steel guitar. The pedal steel has a similar mechanical tactic with the harp. You use pedals and knee-levers to change the pitch of each string while playing hence providing the player with the entire chromatic scale. To play the other kind of steel guitar known as lap steel guitar you use a solid bar of steel and lay the neck horizontally.
Resonator guitar is unique since it does not have the usual sound hole. The guitar has a big, normally circular-plate which hides the resonator cone. The cone is similar to an audio loudspeaker and is crafted from spun aluminium. Resonator guitar produces a loud, bright sound and can be heard in big rooms or open air performance easily. They are liked by blues bands and country players.
These guitars have a wide scale-length and thick strings. These factors produce a variety of notes that matches the lowest four strings of the guitar although pitched an octave lower. There exist acoustic bass and electric bass guitars. The normal bass guitar has four strings although five and six strings are accessible.
These are two diverse types of guitars but have the same body. They usually have a standard six string neck and twelve-string neck although there are other kinds of combinations. It is popular among rock/Metal guitarists. It is perfect for live performance where the guitar player has to restore a multi-tracked guitar recording.
Classical or Spanish Guitar
It originated from Spain and was conventionally used for playing classical music. It is constructed using wood with a big, hollow sound-box as well as female torso shape. Earlier the guitar was strung using gut strings. Currently, nylon strings are used which produce a sweet, calm and slightly muted sound. It is ideal for classical music. You should never place metal strings on a Spanish guitar.
The key difference between flamenco and Spanish guitar is that the flamenco fretboard is wider.
A semi-acoustic guitar can be described as a perfect electric guitar fitted with huge hollow sound-box to produce adequate sound. This makes it unnecessary to connect to an amplifier when playing in a small room such as the living room. Since the sound box is normally metal, it does not produce the depth and quality of an acoustic guitar.
Now you know the various types of guitar. In addition, you have a better idea of which one to buy (definitely the double head because swag). So, how do you play one? Good question! Stay tuned to AudioInferno to find out…