Learn more about the structures of parts of a guitar using these hands-on guitar parts diagrams that we have collected for you in high quality! In these printable guitar diagrams, the detailed structures of guitar anatomy are illustrated in best quality pictures. Follow these diagrams to study more about the structures of the musical instrument!
There are two types of guitars: acoustic and electric. Luthiers, or guitar makers (like the guitar part diagram above) build acoustic guitars so they can be played without amplification. Electric guitars require an amplifier to produce a sound loud enough to hear well. The body of a guitar consists of a treble or upper bout, a waist bout, and a bass or lower bout. The waist is the narrow section that divides the treble and bass bout. The body is one of the most important factors in shaping the overall tone of a guitar. It provides the resonance that shapes the tonal qualities. It determines the volume of acoustic guitars and affects the sustain of electric guitars. For more differences between the two types of guitar, take a look at the following guitar diagrams below.
The neck of the guitar runs from the heel on the top of the body of the guitar up to the base of the headstock. The fretboard sits on the face of the neck. The body is where you strum or pick the strings with your right hand (if you’re right handed) or your left hand (if you’re left handed). Some, but not all, acoustic guitars have pick guards (a.k.a. scratch plates). These are, as they sound, to protect the sound board from any damage potentially caused by a pick or fingers. Strings are numbered from the thinnest string (1st string) to the thickest string (6th string). The tuning is given from the 6th string to the 1st string: E-A-D-G-B-E. This tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E) is called standard tuning.
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