The Electric Guitar and the Acoustic Guitar

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The guitar has become one of the most prominent components of contemporary music. People have been playing instruments very similar to the guitar for hundreds of years. Michael Kasha’s book A New Look at the History of the Classic Guitar shows that there has even been a discovery of a certain Hittite carving from over 3,000 years ago that shows an instrument that seems to share many features of a modern guitar (Kasha 12). The guitar is a member of the chordophone family, meaning that it is an instrument that creates sound through vibrating strings that are stretched between two points. About sixty years ago, the guitar underwent a modification that would forever change the rest of the musical world- it was electrified. The electric guitar adds a whole new dimension to many genres of music. However, the acoustic guitar is still often used in today’s popular tunes. The acoustic and electric guitar differ enough when it comes to mechanics, sound, and purpose to stand side-by-side in the music industry. The mechanics of both the acoustic guitar and the electric guitar involve the materials used to create each instrument and the process of manufacturing each instrument. It is important to know the different parts of the acoustic and electric guitar before discussing their mechanics. When it comes to the physical components of the acoustic and electric guitar, there are only a few fundamental differences. Both guitars have a body, a neck, and a head. The body of the guitar, the largest part of the instrument, is where the sound hole, bridge, and soundboard are located. The sound hole is a (normally circular) hole located in the middle of the topside of the guitar. This hole allows sound to escape from the inside of the body of the acoustic guitar. The bridge is where the strings attach to the body of the guitar, and the soundboard is the top, or face, of the body of

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