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Learn Guitar: Parts of the Acoustic Guitar

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: To learn the parts of your acoustic guitar, let's starts at the top of the guitar and work down. Head (Headstock):?At the end of the guitar neck is the headstock. It's fitted with tuners or machine heads that adjust the tension of the? strings, which change the pitch of the guitar. Tuners (Machine Heads):?These metal pegs are used when you? tune your guitar?to adjust the tension of the?guitar strings?to raise or lower their pitch depending on whether you turn them clockwise or counterclockwise. There are six tuning pegs total--three on top of the head and three on the bottom--which correspond to the six strings of the guitar. 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. 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.? Fretboard:?The front part of the neck is called the fretboard because that's where the guitar? frets?are located. The dots on the fretboards are called inlays and they help denote the different frets. 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. 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. 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. 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 your ears. Bridge:?The bridge of the guitar holds the? guitar strings?firmly on the body so that they do not lose 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. Read more by visiting our page at:
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