Electric Guitars and Acoustic Guitars

Generally speaking, guitars are categorized into two groups: electric guitars and acoustic guitars. There is actually a third group and it is called the electro-acoustic guitars. This one combines the styles of an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar, which make it useful for onstage performances.

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Electric Guitars

Electric guitars were inspired by acoustic guitars. These types are used in rock n' roll, blues, jazz, and on virtually all types of music style. An electric guitar has solid, semi-hollow, or hollow body. Its body is usually curved or routed in order to have room for the guitar's basic elements such as the pickups, bridge, neck, and all other components.

The guitar's neck is shaped like a "C" or a more distinctive "V" curve. The electric guitars of the 60's and the 70's usually have 6 inches to 8 inches neck radius. Modern models, on the other hand, feature a 12 inch radius for a much smoother feel. For the solid body electric guitar, only the neck-through-body construction is available. When playing, the electrical signal of the guitar is enhanced by an amplifier. Oftentimes, its sound is modified by other electronic devices such as pedal effects and the rack effects. The natural distortion of the valves or the vacuum tubes also plays a role.

Without amplification, electric guitars can only produce a very small sound.

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Acoustic Guitars

The group of the acoustic guitars can be further divided into 2 subgroups. These would be the Steel String and the Nylon String categories.

- Nylon string guitar is also called Flamenco guitar, only with a much bigger body. It can also be referred to as the classical guitar.
- Under the subgroup of steel string guitars, there are 2 more types. The Flat Top guitars, which are also called as the 'folk' guitar. This guitars are used in music genres such as bluegrass, country, rock and roll, folk, jazz, pop, and the blues.
- The other type is the Twelve-string guitar. These ones are commonly used in country, ballad, pop, and during recordings.

An acoustic guitar doesn't require amplification to produce sound. The resonance and the shape of the guitar body provides for acoustic amplification. The vibration of the string goes into the bridge and into the sound board. The body of acoustic guitars is constructed with sound holes where sound gets projected. The wood, construction, and size of the acoustic guitar body are main elements that determine its sound.

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