The musical instrument of choice for me is the guitar. I’ve been playing it for almost 20 years now so I know quite a bit about it. Today I wanted to explain a little about the various types of guitars that are out there and available for you. If you happened to walk into a music or guitar store than you probably noticed that there are quite a few different types of guitars.
Acoustic guitars are divided into 2 kinds of guitars. The classic guitar and the steel string guitar.
The classic guitar (or classical guitar) has a wider neck and uses strings made from nylon as opposed to the steel string guitar which uses, you guessed it, still strings. The still strings give a more metallic sound but both types can be played with a pick or without one. The main difference between the two is in the sound they produce but also in the way they are being played. It is mostly considered that steel string guitars are a little harder to play for beginners.
As opposed to the acoustic guitar which produces the sound based on a resonating body, the electric guitar produces its sound with an amplifier. This allows the electric guitars to be much thinner and smaller in shape.
Mainly used in rock, blues, jazz and pop music, the electric guitar has to be plugged into an amplifier. The two most popular electric guitar designs are the Gibson Les Paul and the Fender Stratocaster. The strings of an electric guitar are thinner than the acoustic strings and closer to the neck of the guitar so they don’t require as much force to press them.
The bass guitar has a long neck and thick strings which helps it to create a range of notes that corresponds to the lowest four strings of the guitar though pitched an octave lower. The bass is part of the rhythm section and rarely takes a front role. Acoustic bass guitars are out there but the electric bass is much more common.
The standard bass has four strings but you can also find bass guitars with five and six string which help extend the range and allowing a wider harmonic and melodic technique.
Twelve String Guitars
As you can guess from the name, these guitars have 12 strings as opposed to the more usual and common 6 strings. The added strings allow for producing different sounds and volumes. Although they have 12 strings they are not very different in size as the strings are much closer to each other. Twelve string guitars are used by guitarists for chord progressions that require “thickening” which is achievable thanks to the fact you have two strings per note.
Double Neck Guitars
Why not finish with the craziest looking guitars out there? The double neck guitars, as they name implies, are guitars with 2 necks as opposed to the one neck most guitars have. It has one body and two necks. A double-neck guitar will normally have a standard six-string neck and a twelve-string neck but you can also find other combinations such as the six-string and bass or the six-string and fretless neck.
The double-neck electric guitar was made popular by rock-stars such as as Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and it is ideal for live concerts where the guitarist has to recreate a multi tracked guitar recordings.