14 Different Types of Guitars

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There are so many guitars doing the rounds these days. It is extremely hard to pick out on the perfect one for your needs. So while playing from all the choices you get at a music store seems like an ideal deal, you should also try to learn all about it.

Different Types of Guitars

With these models of guitars, you will know just which one is your type.



Talking of acoustic guitars, they are of two kinds, steel string and the next one being classical. There is a major difference between the two. There is a classical wide neck one which makes use of nylon strings and the other one which uses steel strings to create out a sound that is metallic and can be composed into different music styles and trends. It is one of the most similar styles resembling the old school flat top guitars. The similarities both the strings have are in the finger style plectrums used to play them for music. Acoustic guitars are usually hollow on the inside and have a deep tone to it. Usually perfect for strumming, this guitar is often used for country songs.



This type of guitar is usually used for rock, jazz and even blues or pop music. It so happens often that the guitar is plugged into a high voltage amplifier. The purpose behind this is to achieve the desired loudness and bass. The amplification deal produces a more metallic volume with a boost and a long decay. Electric guitar has a major difference when compared to the acoustic ones in the market, that being the strings. The strings in an electric guitar are thinner, and electric guitar is more popular in punk rock bands because of the perfect sound it produces.



The next one on this list of different types of guitar is a twelve string one. This is a different version than that of the usual six string model that you see in the market. The first strings, the odd numbers that is, are different usually, and the second to twelfth ones, the even numbered match the six string model counterpart sound. The strings are played in pairs in this case and not individually like the six string guitar. The tone that is produced is therefore brighter, and clear in the end. The chord progressions need thickening and practice to play this guitar perfectly.



The guitar on the list here is a semi hollow steel string one. To be clearer into the details, this one is a favorite among the jazz guitarists around the world. While the acoustic guitar and electric archtop guitars have a similar build, they are still different internally. The inner design features an inner electro-magnetic pickup. It also consists of a pot that is absent in the acoustic guitar. Archtop guitars are mainly available in two types- the full bodied and the other one being thinline. You will realize that archtop guitars cost a little on the medium side, so if the jazz genre interests you, don’t compromise the guitar for a low budget one. This one’s an easy purchase.



Originally from Hawaii, these guitars are different from the electric ones. They are heavier and exist in two kinds. Placed horizontally on the player’s knees, crossways, this guitar has a pedal steel, which consists of a mechanical tactic like the one present in a harp. Often, the pedals are used for changing the pitch of every single string individually. The player gets the whole chromatic scale under his grip that way. This gets us over with the description of one of the steel guitars. The second type of guitar in steel needs to be played on your lap using a solid still bar on the horizontally laid down neck. Which is why, the second variation is also known as lap steel guitar.



The particular guitar in topic is unique in every sense. The usual sound hole present in most guitars is missing in this one. It is bigger and has a circular plate instead of the sound hole, which does the job of hiding the resonator cone well. The cone acts like a loudspeaker manipulating the audio now. The cone is made of spun aluminum. This guitar because of this feature tends to release a very different bright and clear sound, which can be heard equally well in large rooms and a live performance in the open air. This guitar is most preferred by country music artists and blue singers, but has found popularity in mainstream music these days as well.

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