Types of Guitar
Shown here are the main kinds of guitar, but there are more: Baritone guitars have just four strings; some resonator guitars have a metal body; some nylon string guitars can have electronic amplification; resonators have a round speaker-like device that amplifies the sound. Some guitars have 7 or even 10 strings; some have two necks, one six-string, the other 12 string ... ▼
Nylon String Classical
The traditional guitar. It's the easiest kind of guitar to start out on. They're usually played with the fingers.
Acoustic Steel 6-String
Bigger and louder than nylon string guitars, they're the most popular of the acoustics. Usually played with a flat pick.
Acoustic Steel 12-String
These have 6 pairs of strings. The tuning is standard but they're much louder than 6-strings. Not for beginners!
The most popular kind of electric guitar. The sound comes from the 'pickups', which are essentially microphones.
Semi-Hollow Body Electric
Almost the same as the solid body but the hollow cavity gives them a different tone than the solid body.
Played mainly by jazz artists, these sound good un-plugged. They're also known as archtops because of their shape.
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