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The Anatomy of Guitars

Nov 16, 2007
Guitars are generally made keeping in mind both the right handed and left handed players. Conventionally it is the dominant hand which is assigned the task of plucking or strumming the strings of the guitar. For the majority of people the dominant hand is the right hand.

Anatomy of Guitars is a required study for both the novice as well as experienced players to truly utilize this powerful musical instrument. Musical expression, tonal expression and dynamics etc are mainly determined by the plucking hand. The fretting hand is given the less significant mechanical task of gripping the strings.

Anatomy of Guitars include

Headstock, Nut, Neck joint or Heel, Strings, Body (acoustic guitar), Body (electric guitar), Pickups Lining, Binding, Purfling, Bridge, Pickguard, Neck, Electronics, Vibrato Arm, Fretboard, Frets, Truss rod, Inlays, Tuning

Identifying the Parts

Head Stock
It is the top part of this anatomy study, which bears the tuners.

Tuners are positioned on the headstock of the instrument(top of the guitar). Tuners are the tools to tune the guitar. Fine tuners are also to be found on guitars with Floyd Rose systems

The nut is positioned just below the headstock of the guitar. The strings go through this right before the tuning keys.

Frets can be found on the guitar's neck. 22 to 24 frets are found normally.

The neck of a guitar is the place to rest the hand to fret chords, play scales etc. There are some necks on the anatomy of guitars, which are set before and others like a Fender Strat have the bolt on.

Position Markers
There are some dots on the guitar fretboard. They are called the Position markers used for easy reference, located typically on the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 17th, 19th and 21st frets. Sometimes they can be on the side of the neck.

Sound Hole
The sound hole can be found on the top center of the body of an acoustic or acoustic electric guitar. The sound comes out from this hole.

The body of the guitar is the base anatomy of guitars; it is the structure to hold.

The electrical sound on an electric guitar and acoustic electric are produced by the pickups. Magnet constitutes the pickup of the guitar strings vibration and helps in generating the sound out of the amplifier.

PickGuard protects the guitar from scratches and other harms. Other use of pickguard for instance is to hold the pickups, knobs etc. But this is true on some guitars like the fender stratocaster etc.

The saddle is situated on an acoustic guitars bridge. It is made of plastic, bone etc. On an electric guitar the bridge saddles is used to attune the height of the strings, set intonation and more.

A guitars bridge is positioned at the bottom of a guitar where the strings are attached. Pegs hold on to the acoustic guitar strings and keep it attached.

Output Jack
The place to plug in the guitar cable is coming from an amplifier. Most of the time, it is an inch long.

Acoustic and electric guitars share many parts in common. They all have a body, neck, fretboard, and headstock as a total anatomy of guitars.
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