The electric guitar as its name suggests is an electric musical instrument that unlike acoustic guitar converts the vibration of strings into electrical signals that are read by an external amplifier which amplifies it and enables us to hear the sound of the guitar. It’s the basic definition of an electric guitar that I am damn sure, no one wants to hear, but still, it’s a better start for our content that you’ll read in a few seconds. If you’re a complete beginner at an electric guitar or want to explore it then this article is for you~
Understanding the utilities of each section of an Electric Guitar
“Do you know solid wood is the main material for an electric guitar.”
Below given are the names and utility of each part of an electric guitar~
It Is the flat part of wood at the end of the neck that holds the tuner. It determines the size, type and kind of tuners to be used and to a certain extent the sustain of notes because of the type of neck.
The tuners are located at the head of the guitar. Tuners as their name suggests helps to tune the guitar by tightening the strings thereby increasing or decreasing their pitch. The shape and size of the head determine the placement and arrangement of the tuners. They are usually arranged with either 6 on one side or 3 on one side and 3 on the other. There are other arrangements too but not too many.
It is a small but essential piece of hardware for a guitar. It allows the six strings(in case of standard guitar) to be accurately spaced and set for the correct height from the base for optimized playability.
The neck is the long piece of wood that projects from the body and holds the fretboard, the frets, the nut, head and tuners. Inside the neck is a truss rod that keeps the neck adjusted to the right curve so that everything works well.
The frets are pieces of skinny metal that run across the fretboard at regular spacing determined by the length of the neck. Usually there are 22 to 24 frets in a standard guitar. When a chord or note is fretted, you push the string up against it with your fingers. That shortens the length that the string vibrates and raises the pitch to the note of that place on the fretboard.
A standard guitar has 6 strings commonly made up of nickel or stainless steel. All the strings are available in a wide variety of weights or gauges(thickness basically).
These are inlaid reference points that helps players to locate fret positions for smooth playing of guitar. They are also known as Fret Marks.
The neck plate is situated at the rear side of the guitar where the neck joins the body. Usually these plates have the instrument’s serial number on it.
Materials for solid body guitar vary widely. The body accommodates the pickups, wiring and controls. The slot that is cut to accept the neck is referred to as the neck pocket.
The pickup selector basically changes the sound of the guitar. Each pickup sounds different because of its location. The neck pickup sounds full and rounded because the looser string in this area emphasizes the lower frequencies. The bridge pickup sounds bright and trebly because it is near the bridge.
The volume control adjusts the volume of guitar by controlling the amount of guitar signals that are going into your amplifier. It is probably best left on maximum as guitar sounds best that way unless you are working on an extraordinary piece of work.
Vibrato or tremolo is a bridge that continuously alters the pitch of the string when the arm is depressed. This unit sits on a spring-loaded block that passes through the body and returns the strings to the pitch.
Pickguard also knew as scratchplate performs the function of protecting the body from plectrum strokes or any external force. Usually, they are made up of plastic.
A high gloss lacquer is used on the surface of the body to give it a shiny look. Sometimes there is a variation in the material used to give an older or classy look to the guitar.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The stick is known as a whammy bar which can be attached to the electric guitar to add vibrato to the sound by changing the tension of the string thereby changing its pitch.
If you are a beginner then, in my opinion, acoustic guitar is the best choice for you. as not only its cheap but there’s no hustle bustle in buying several things for the electric guitar. In the beginning when you’re not sure if you’ll continue it in the future its best not to spend a huge amount for purchasing a thing just to outshine yourself.
A standard guitar has 6 strings. The name of the thickest string, the sixth string is E. Moving on, the fifth string is A, fourth is D, third is G, second is B, and then the first string is E