Curious about learning types of guitars that exist? Here is an overview of major types of guitars that an interested person should be aware of. Guitars are the most commonly liked instrument by the youth today. There are literally a wide range of guitars to choose from. But the 3 main types are acoustic, electric and bass. Now let’s take a look at some of the many different guitars available to us.
Acoustic guitars are ideal for beginner guitarists and singer-songwriters who want something to strum or finger-pick their songs. Absolutely not so ideal for players looking to bust out big, screaming, distortion heavy solos. Acoustic guitars are usually hollow on the inside and have a deep tone to it and are usually perfect for strumming. Some acoustics have steel strings which are ideal for folk, rock, blues & country and others have nylon strings which are appropriate for classical.
Semi-acoustic guitars also sometimes also called ‘hollow bodied electric guitars’ occupy something of a middle-ground between acoustic guitars and electric guitars. These guitars are thin and compact like electric guitars, but have hollow bodies like acoustic guitars. Semi-acoustic guitars have also been valued as good practice guitars because, when played unplugged, it is quieter than full acoustic guitars but more audible than solid-body electric guitars because of their open cavity.
Electro-acoustic is designed to sound neutral with little alteration to the organic acoustic timbre. They are acoustic guitars that have a ‘pick-up’ built into them so they can be plugged into an amplifier. This is a way of connecting an acoustic guitar up to an amp makes it louder.
Electric guitars are ideal for players seeking a powerful, sustaining sound or who want a much greater choice of sounds. With an electric guitar the world of effect pedals is open and the sounds one can create are almost limitless. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the most iconic are the Gibson Les Paul, the Fender Stratocaster and the Fender Telecaster.
Bass guitars are another very popular instrument we see day to day. Compared to an electric guitar, bass guitars have a longer scale length and a longer neck. Different models can vary between 4 and 6 strings. Bass is one of the ideal types of guitar for people who like the idea of working with the drummer to form the rhythm section and hold down the powerful low-end groove in a band.
Archtop Guitars are steel-string guitars in which the top of the instrument is carved from a solid billet in a curved rather than a flat shape. These guitars are popular with guitarists who play genres like psychobilly, rockabilly, blues, and jazz. They are typically semi acoustic or acoustic guitars with hollow-bodies. The typical archtop guitar has a large, deep, hollow body whose form is much like that of a mandolin or violin family instrument.
Resonator guitars have a large, usually circular-plate which conceals the resonator cone. Also known as resophonic guitars. They possess a loud, bright voice, making them easily heard in a large room or open-air performance. They are popular with blues musicians and country players and can be played in the conventional style or with a metal or glass slide.
Placed horizontally on the player’s knees, crossways, this guitar has a pedal steel, which consists of a mechanical tactic like the one present in a harp. Often the pedals are used for changing the pitch of every single string individually. The player gets the whole chromatic scale under his grip that way.
This family of guitars is designed for fretboard tapping or “touching” rather than strumming. And the great thing is, they also come in multi-neck variations. It is held in the normal way over the shoulder and designed with the left hand playing the lower bass neck in a traditional way while the right hand plays over the top on a neck which has a wider string spacing allowing the hand to be used in both vertical and horizontal angles to the strings
Harp guitars are essentially a combination of a regular guitar neck with fretted strings. This guitar must have at least one unfretted string lying off the main fret-board, typically played as an open string. They are usually sported by an acoustic guitar. Its harp strings produce a deep, resonant bass-filled sound.