Created By: PancticeSquadCutterback on April 20, 2013 Last Edited By: PancticeSquadCutterback on April 27, 2013


A string instrument with (usually) six strings.

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(Useful Notes)

To quote The Other Wiki, "The guitar is a string instrument of the chordophone family constructed from wood and strung with either nylon or steel strings. The modern guitar was preceded by the lute, vihuela, four-course renaissance guitar and five-course baroque guitar, all of which contributed to the development of the modern six-string instrument."

The history of the guitar goes way back. To wit, the first representation of a chordophone was an at least 3,300-year old stone carving. Guitars are very much related to older Indian strum-thingies. There were a couple other instruments called a "guitar" by about 1200.

There are two main categories, the boring (or not) acoustic, and the awesome electric (created in the year 1931). There are many kinds of acoustics, like the Baroque, Classical, and Flamenco.[[note]]In fiction, these seem to be exclusively associated with Toros y Flamenco and, as such, are a required attribute of any Latin Lover worth his salt.[[/note]] Electric guitars are of course played on an amplifier. These have some tricks that cannot be done on an acoustic (like the pinch harmonic, and long hammer-on/pull-off sequences) due to a different design.

  • The headstock is that doodad with the tuning heads.
  • The nut are those strips at the end, which is used for lateral alignment of the strings. It can also be used to bend at open strings and harmonics (when you play only a part of a certain fret and it creates a high pitch).
  • The neck contains the fretboard, which has the frets.

Types of tunings:
  • Standard: The most common, or standard, tuning type, though technically only EADGBE is standard. When playing the notes, the fifth fret is equivalent to the next open string, except for the second and third strings, where it's instead the fourth fret. The open chord formed for E Standard is Em7/add11.
  • Regular: These have regular intervals between open strings. These are mainly used in Jazz.
  • Open: These are called this because when all the open strings are strummed they form a conventional chord, usually a major chord. They are named after the chord formed instead of the bass string.
  • Drop(ped): These tunings have the bass string dropped. These are the most commonly used open tuning, probably because you only need to detune the bass string.

Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • April 20, 2013
    Perhaps worth mentioning that in fiction, guitars seem to be exclusively associated with Toros Y Flamenco and, as such, are a required attribute of any Latin Lover worth his salt.
  • April 20, 2013
    I'm guessing this is supposed to be Useful Notes? Because guitars are Not A Trope.

    EDIT: *whacks self for reading comprehension failure*
  • April 20, 2013
    It's worth noting that the guitar as we know it passed into Europe by the Moors who conquered Spain, bringing with them an instrument called a qitar, which became guitarra in Spanish.
  • April 20, 2013
    I had no idea there was a Great Depression in the 14th Century.
  • April 21, 2013
    I also had no idea that acoustic guitars are supposed to be boring. I always thought they were like the epitome of old-school romance and adventure.