A guitar has many parts which all provide a function for a guitarist we take a look at the different parts of a guitar both electric and acoustic to show in many respects how similar they are, but also to compare the differences between the two instruments.
Parts of an Acoustic Guitar
The acoustic guitar is a stringed instrument that produces sound when the strings are plucked, the vibration from the strings is resonated from the bridge to the nut of the guitar, the sound resonates with the air inside the body of the guitar which then produces the sound through the sound hole almost like a speaker.
The distinguishing differences between an acoustic and an electric guitar is the hollow body that produces the sound allowing a guitarist to create music even with no amplifier.
The sound from an acoustic guitar is very much different from the electric due to the deep hollow body and is very often used for folk, country, or blues music.
Acoustic guitars can also be used with an amplifier, there are two methods of amplifying the sound.
Firstly, an electro acoustic guitar which is similar to the standard acoustic has a pickup built in and a jack output, the electro acoustic guitar can also have volume and tone controls similar to an electric guitar but because of the shape and deep body of the guitar it creates a distinctive sound.
Secondly, an instrument mic can be used with a standard acoustic to amplify the sound from the instrument.
Both the electro acoustic, and standard acoustic guitar with an instrument mic, can be used for powerful music such as country rock, or pop songs because an amplifier can boost the output with graphics, and effects to create amazing sounds in a song.
Parts of an Electric Guitar
The electric guitar is normally made with a solid body unlike the acoustic, because of this the electric guitar needs to capture the resonating vibration of the strings through pickups which transfer that sound to an amplifier.
The electric guitar is very versatile and is used to create amazing sounds for all types of music genres, the controls allow the guitarist to change his or her sounds during a song with pickup selector switches.
The selector switch captures the strings vibrations at different locations of the body to give a varied resonance through to the amplifier.
There are different types of electric guitar that can have different shapes to create unique sounds for that particular guitar, for example the most commonly known guitars and rivals for years were the Fender Stratocaster, and the Gibson Les Paul.
Gibson Les Paul
F-Hole Electric Guitar
Another type of guitar is the F-Hole, this is a version that is almost a cross between an acoustic, and an electric guitar.
The body of the F-hole guitar is hollow but not as deep as an acoustic, the guitar is set up in the same way as an electric guitar with pickups and controls.
Characteristics of the F-hole guitar is that the body is generally larger than a standard electric guitar, this type of guitar is used very often for playing blues, country, and soul music but it is also used in other types of music too because it is so versatile.
Flying V Electric Guitar
Over the years designers have experimented with different shapes including the flying V shape, this shape is very often used in rock, heavy rock, and even punk bands.
The unique design allows the musician to easily access the lower part of the neck to create mind blowing solos.
The flying V design also alters the sound dynamics of the body which transforms into a distinctive sound transferred through the pickups.
Many guitarists find playing the flying V to be cumbersome due to the weight transfer, but other guitarists such as Richie Faulkner, Keith Richards, and even Tom Petty, like to make a statement and believe it is a classic style of playing.
Although there is not a great difference between the shape of an acoustic to an electric guitar they do provide a big difference in functionality when playing.
The parts are very much the same with only slight differences, both types have a body, neck, headstock and strings to create the sounds through vibration.
The hollow body of the acoustic is what creates it’s sound and the pickups of the electric transfer the sound to an amplifier.
Both the acoustic and electric guitars have a role to play creating great sounds for musicians covering different styles of music.
Lastly, both types are perfect to playing along to backing tracks such as the ones on Jonesy Gig, we hope you found this article useful showing all the different parts of an acoustic and electric guitar.