If you’re about to start learning how to play the guitar, it really helps to know the anatomy of the guitar! It is pretty simple: head, neck, and body, like the human body. Find out what’s what now!
What are the parts of a guitar?
Now that you’ve bought a guitar and been getting ready to start your first lesson. What’s next? Learn about guitar anatomy!
If you don’t have the proper vocabulary, it would be hard to know where to place your hands or talk to your fellow guitarists about anything. Therefore, one of the first things you need to learn is the names of different parts of the guitar, so you can learn more easily and accurately.
Here are the main parts:
1. Guitar Anatomy: Head
The first section of the guitar is called a head or headstock, on which you will find the tuning pegs. The tuning pegs allow you to tune the guitar by tightening or loosening the strings.
2. Guitar Anatomy: Neck
The middle, narrow section of the guitar is called the neck. The nut is the white strip closest to the headstock. The front side of the neck is called the fretboard. And the metal wires on the fretboard are called the frets, which help your fingers find the right spots.
3. Guitar Anatomy: Body
The biggest part of the guitar is called the body.
Acoustic guitars have a hole in the middle of the body called the soundhole, a pickguard to protect the guitar’s finish from being scratched by the guitar pick, and a bridge that holds the strings in place.
Electric guitars have pickups on the body that capture the string vibrations and convert sounds through amps. The potentiometers control volume and tone: this means that it either brightens or darkens the sound (jazz players like the darker sound and rock players like the brighter sound).
The pickup selector switch chooses the pickups and therefore determines the sound: In my Epiphone Les Paul Special II, for example, if it’s set to rhythm, you’ll only be using the neck pickup, i.e. the little black oval thing with little metal dots in it as soon as the neck ends: if you select treble, you’ll use the bridge position (the one next to the saddle); if it’s in the middle, it uses both pickups. The input jack is where you plug in your guitar to your amp.
Now that you know all this, it’s time to pick up your guitar and check these things! You can also find more information about guitar anatomy online if you get curious.
If you haven’t bought a guitar and you want to learn some tips before buying one, read this post.
Check other posts about guitar in the Guitar section of my blog