A guitar is a stringed
instrument that produces sounds through the string's vibration
resonating within the guitar's body.
Guitars can be classified
into 3 types: the classical guitar, the acoustic guitar and the
guitar (also referred to as the Spanish guitar) is the most
common of the three guitar types. This kind of guitar has a hollow
body with a hole that acts as a resonator of the sound produced by
plucking and strumming the strings and normally has six strings made
These nylon strings have
less tension compared to steel strings, making this type of guitar
easy to pluck or strum. It's assumed a classical guitar should be
played with a player's fingers and not with a pick.
It's also not played through
an amplifier, though classical guitar players can equip one or just
play in front of a microphone. This type of guitar is used mainly
for classical, Latin and Flamenco music.
guitar looks like a classical guitar in terms of shape and
appearance. Like a classical guitar, an acoustic doesn't normally
use an amplifier. Similarities stop here, howeve, since an acoustic
guitar uses steel strings to produce a louder and brighter
Heavier woods (such as
spruce, maple and mahogany) are used for the body and neck of the
guitar which helps to withstand the tension brought on by the steel
strings. This kind of guitar caters to blues, country and folk
music. It can also be used in different genres of rock.
guitar uses electronic pickups to convert the sound of
vibrating the strings into electric current. These signals will then
be electrically altered to produce the desired sound before being
fed to the amplifiers.
Since the electric guitar
uses pickups, there's no need for the body to be shaped in a way
that would act as a resonator. This type of guitar is used for
different kinds of music such as rock, country, pop, jazz and heavy
Classical and acoustic
guitars are normally used by one person or in the accompaniment of
other guitars because, unlike electric guitars, classical and
acoustic guitars aren't loud instruments and they won't be able to
compete with other instruments, such as percussion and wind
Acoustic guitars, though,
may have built-in electronics to allow amplification of the