Here we have listed some of the amazing facts about guitars.
- The very first guitar was made in Italy during the late 15th century by an unknown lute maker, and consisted of around back, two arms ending in from pegs, and a skin top.
- In classical musical circles, it is common knowledge that the guitar itself has been around for some 2000 years as depictions on Greek vases from 300 BC show a similar looking instrument being played.
- The lute itself was popular in Persia during the 6th century, and spread to Europe via trade routes where it evolved into many European instruments, including the guitar by the 13th Century.
- Meanwhile, back in the New World, the Indians of South America crafted crude guitars out of turtle shells and wood fragments in the 16th century, although these were thought to be ceremonial objects rather than an actual musical instruments.
- Other cultures in North Africa also had their own version of this guitar like instrument known as Lutes which appeared sometime before 600AD evolving out of the Oud (a distant relative of today’s Guitar).
- Before long these Lutes were in widespread use throughout Europe, especially when the Moorish conquest of Spain – who themselves had taken them from Persia in the 8th century – saw these guitars brought along to Andalusia where they evolved into early versions of the Guitar.
- In Italy by the 14th century, guitars became an intrinsic part of society with paintings at the time depicting people playing guitar-like instruments during social gatherings and ceremonies.
- However, it wasn’t until about the 16th Century that these Lutes started to take on their familiar shape we are used to today thanks to innovations by luthiers including Luis Milán who helped give rise to the Baroque Guitar which soon spread all over Europe.
- Meanwhile, back in Spain , Gaspar Sanz (an accomplished guitarist himself) published his classic Instrucción de Música Sobre la Guitarra Española y Vandella in 1674 which saw the guitars popularity soar across Europe and become a favourite of Kings and Queens.
- By the 18th Century, this Baroque guitar was popular throughout most of Europe with notable composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann and Antonio Vivaldi all composing music for it; not to mention some of the finest working luthiers ever known making these amazing instruments that are now highly sought-after pieces among musicians today.
Interesting Facts About Guitars
- It wasn’t until about 1910 that the modern Classical or Spanish Guitar started to take its familiar form thanks to the work of Antonio Torres Jurado who designed an instrument that is now considered standard.
- The Acoustic Guitar is an ingenious invention. Unlike other acoustic instruments, the sound comes from the vibration of the strings, which are amplified through the guitar’s hollow body. This allowed practically any musician to plug in and be heard no matter where they were, although this was initially used only in Country music when guitars became popular in America during the early 20th century.
- When you strum (or pick) a guitar, it is the strings themselves that vibrate and the soundboard at the top of the guitar due to its unique shape and design; causing it to act like an acoustic amplifier helping project more volume. This also means that guitars are very sensitive to their environment, which can greatly impact how they sound (and therefore feel).
- On 12-string guitars, there are three high strings for every string hence their ability to produce much richer chords than standard 6 string models that only have two sets of high strings; making them ideal for folks who want that added dimension your playing or producing chordal textures.
- The Guitar is the only instrument in the world that is played with a pick or plectrum, although some guitarists will also use their fingers to tap notes or strum chords; especially when playing Folk or Acoustic music styles.
- The electric guitar was invented by Les Paul in 1941 thanks to an accident that involved attaching a telephone mouthpiece onto his acoustic model and plugging it into an amplifier causing feedback through the speaker (sorry).
- There are two main types of Electric Guitars – Solid-body and Hollow-body where both achieve very different sounds thanks to their unique designs and build materials used; not to mention how they alter your playing dynamics when plugged into an Amplifier. However, the solid-body electric guitar has become the most popular for modern rock, metal, and even blues styles.
- There isn’t really a best genre of music to play on an instrument – it all depends on what you enjoy playing or producing. However, some instruments will be easier to pick up more quickly which may suit your music taste more than others; not to mention how different types of guitars vary in their sound and feel when being played due to their different body shapes and sizes as well as strings, necks and hardware components.
Strange Facts About Guitars
- Fretwire is the material used on frets which allows players to stop the string at certain points along its length, causing notes (and chords) to sound out depending where they are pressed down. The vast majority of frets in guitars are made from a type of Nickel-Silver although other materials such as stainless steel and gold plating sometimes get used.
- This is easy – acoustics! Although, it’s always best to try out lots of different guitars (and styles) before you buy one to be sure that the model or brand you like feels comfortable and sounds great for your needs; not to mention how much you can afford to spend if funds are limited. Cheers!
- A truss rod is a thin metal tube which runs through the neck of an electric or acoustic guitar passing through both sides where it is used to adjust tension applied to a guitar’s curved fingerboard. This can be done by turning a nut at one end of the rod which will either raise or decrease string height depending on its current position. In some cases, you may have to remove the neck from your guitar to reach this adjustment point, requiring you to use special tools such as hex wrenches and screwdrivers for the task at hand.
- The main advantage of a multiple pickup system on an electric guitar is that several of the pickups can be combined to produce a wider range of different sounds and tones that wouldn’t normally be possible by only using one type of single-coil or humbucking pickup.