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Parts of an Acoustic Guitar (Lesson 1)

Sign up for free iOS apps! Lesson 1: Parts of an Acoustic Guitar --------------------------------------------------------------------- Welcome to Lesson 1 of the Learn to Play Guitar for Beginners Course! Once you've purchased your guitar, it's time to learn all the parts that comprise the acoustic guitar. This information will come in handy when it comes time for repairs or general?maintenance, which are always essential to being a guitar player. Parts of an Acoustic Guitar --------------------------------------------------------------------- Body: The body of the acoustic guitar is what gives the instrument its sound and beauty. It's the big hollow shape, or sound box, that resonates when you play the strings. It's what makes the guitar sound like a guitar. Neck: The guitar neck is the long wooden shaft that tapers down to the headstock. Each string runs along this extension, and depending on where your fingers are placed on each string up and down the neck, you make different tones that resonate throughout the guitar. The face of the neck is called the fretboard because that is where the guitar frets are located. Head (Headstock): At the end of the guitar neck, there is the headstock. It is fitted with tuners or machine heads that adjust the tension of the strings, therefore changing the pitch of the guitar. Tuners (Machine Heads): These metal pegs adjust the tension of the guitar strings to raise or lower their pitches depending on whether or not you turn them clockwise or counterclockwise. Nut: The nut is the thin white piece that separates the neck from the headstock. It separates each guitar string going down the neck so that they are evenly spaced out in order to be played. Frets: Frets are the thin metal pieces on the fretboard that run perpendicular to the guitar neck, and act as "tone separators" for the guitar. They separate the guitar neck into semitones or half steps making the guitar neck act as a grid from which you play musical tones. Sound Hole: The sound hole is the reason that sound escapes the body of the guitar. When a string is plucked, this sound bounces around the inside of the guitar, eventually escaping through the sound hole and into our ears. Bridge: The bridge of the guitar holds the guitar strings firmly on the body so that they do not loose tension and therefore change pitch. When a string is plucked, vibrations run from the bridge all the way down the neck to the nut. Bridge Pegs: These are used on acoustic guitars to fasten the ends of the strings to the bridge. They are the nails that keep each string secured to the wooden bridge. Pickguard: Over time, strumming with a pick can do some wear and tear. That's why the pickguard is there to protect the guitar's body from dings and scratches. Read more by visiting our page at:
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