The guitar is a very common music instrument. It is an instrument that is quite popular in most of the communities around the world. This is hugely because many of the communities around the world have a native instrument that they can associate with the guitar. There are numerous stringed instruments that are close cousins to the guitar including the ukulele, the banjo, the sitar, the cello, harp, mandolin, violin, fiddle, lute, and the viola among others.
Stringed instruments are reasonably simple to make and they have a rich sound that is quite pleasing to the ear. Guitars can be made using simple materials that can be found locally and playing the instrument is not very complicated once the basic fundamentals are mastered.
Modern guitars have however developed very much from the ancient stringed instruments of old. As man advances and technology grows, so has man’s need for better music which has led to the evolution of the guitar. Guitars have become easier to play and they have been made such that their acoustics are much better. Technology has also led to the incorporation of new gadgets that make guitar playing easier. There are also additional gadgets such as tuners and amplifiers that have been introduced to improve the quality and magnitude of sound.
With technology, there has also come about the introduction of electric guitars. These are guitars that amplify the sound through electric technology and do not depend on the acoustics of the sound box or the hollow guitar body which is the case in the traditional acoustic guitars.
Electric guitars have a great advantage over acoustic guitars especially in the range of sounds produced and their power. Since their introduction, electric guitars have had a huge impact in the music world and they have a very strong presence in many genres of modern music.
Today there are many kinds of guitars and despite all of them having basically the same purpose, each type of guitar is usually specially crafted for specific purposes.
For example, there are special guitars that are specially crafted for experts. Usually, these guitars are made with great emphasis on the quality of sound that is produced. These guitars are usually much more expensive. Guitars made for beginners usually are not made with much emphasis on the quality of the output and are much cheaper.
There are guitars that are specially crafted for different kinds of people. There are special guitars made for women. These guitars are more delicate and light. They have a softer belt, narrower strings, and they are lighter and more delicate to hold. Their aesthetics are also more feminine. There are guitars that are specially designed for children. These are guitars made with different sizes comfortable for differently sized children.
There are also guitars specially designed for other reasons such as travel. For example the Taylor GS mini is a small guitar that is made thus to make it easier to carry around. We also have guitars designed with beautiful or “cool” designs that are mostly used in live performances.