Outline of guitars


The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to guitars:

A variety of guitars.

A guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers or a pick. The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally six in number, are attached. Most guitar necks have metal frets attached (the exception is fretless bass guitars). Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with either nylon or steel strings. Some modern 2010-era guitars are made of polycarbonate materials. Guitars are made and repaired by luthiers. There are two primary families of guitars: acoustic and electric. An acoustic guitar has a wooden top and a hollow body. An electric guitar may be a solid-body or hollow body instrument, which is made louder by using a pickup and plugging it into a guitar amplifier and speaker. Another type of guitar is the low-pitched bass guitar.

Instrument classification


A guitar can be described as all of the following:

Types and varieties of guitars


Standard guitar variations

Pitch-based variations

Steel guitars

Courses

  • Single course
  • Double course (e.g., 12-string guitar)
  • Triple course (e.g. Tiple Colombiano)
  • Four or more strings per course (e.g. Guitarron Chileno)

Extra strings

Fewer strings

Misc

Models


6-strings

Acoustic guitar models
Semi-acoustic models
Solid body electric models

Bass guitars

Bass guitars are also called "electric basses".

Parts


An Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar

Guitar accessories


Miscellaneous

Guitar amplifiers

Guitar amplifier

Guitar effects

Effects unit (also known as "Stomp Box")

Guitar software

Guitar use


Guitar music

Guitar tunings

See Guitar tunings and List of guitar tunings.

Guitar playing styles

The difference between guitar playing styles and guitar techniques (below) is that a style is a collection of techniques

Guitar technique

Main Category: Category:Guitar performance techniques

Fretting hand technique
Bridge (Right) hand techniques

See also the following from List of musical terminology: sul porticello (plucking/strumming near the bridge), sul tasto (plucking/strumming above the fingerboard)

Strumming
Flat picking (single picking, plectrum picking)
Finger picking (multiple picking)
Percussive techniques
Head (Left) hand techniques
Legato techniques
Harmonic techniques

Guitar harmonic

Extended techniques

History of guitars


Guitar makers


Guitar manufacturers

Guitar magazines


Guitar music


Guitar festivals


Guitar community


Significant guitarists


Guitar methodologies


See also


References