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What is so special about guitars?

Guitar has very rich history. At the time of the so-called “big bands” (large groups), acoustic guitar began to lose the battle with other instruments such as the saxophone and percussion instruments for the simple reason that it was too quiet. The first electric guitars were actually acoustic guitar that was set up with pickup. The first guitars were made by rare craftsmen and enthusiasts, and often the musicians themselves. Most of these first guitar created by Adolph Rickenbacher and George Beachamp, and they founded the company “Rickenbacker”.


By the time production ceased in 1939, they made only 2,700 guitars. One of the problems was the clumsiness of making guitars that made it hard for playing. Guitars were extremely hard, even if they had a hollow body, they had a very long and wide necks, and their “pickups” were very simple and

they produced a “blurred” sound. Because of the hollow body guitars, they produced almost unbearable amount of echo that these instruments are produced. Through an additional year of research and experimentation, he finally found the best way of making this principle that the electric guitar work.

Unlike acoustic guitars, electric is almost unusable without a power source, and reconciliation called amplifier. On the electric guitar beneath the wires are “pickups” (means raise it, pick up). These are electromagnets that feel and turn the vibration of metal wires when they are played, and the vibration converted into electrical signals which are then transmitted to an amplifier via a cable. The simplest definition of the amplifier is that it is the electrical device that receives signals from guitars, precise “pickups”, and these signals are electronically converted sound.


Earliest amplifiers did not have many big choice in shaping the sound as it has today. Before them, there was only volume controls while today the amplifiers also include various controls and effects that guitarists give almost unlimited possibility of the search for the tone they want. Due to the shorter distances of wires and the guitar neck and electrical amplification of sound, the electric guitar has possible a variety of techniques that are more difficult or is completely impossible on an acoustic guitar. These include techniques performed by a musician, and techniques that are obtained electronically by using various artificial effects (distortion, tremolo, reverb). Given the history of the guitar, all guitarists will agree that there are only two “real” guitar manufacturers, and that everyone else copied their two models.


Guitarists who play classical guitar are most convenient with pose of seating. Most characterized for them is to slightly spread legs and between legs there is the guitar body and lifted left leg for supporting the left thigh. A special stand, a piece of wood or something handy can pass, but they do not rely on leg of the chair, it is too high. Classical guitar from the top is not rounded as in other so fists distort a little more than usual. Therefore, it is more comfortable to held instrument a bit higher so it would not hurt during long play. Guitar perfectly fits to the body and neck to above. It has to do with where guitar is playing, because strings come better under guitarist’s right arm.