The Gnarly World of Guitars

So many living rooms around the world, often times have an acoustic or an electric guitar laying around - next to the piano, one may say that the guitar is one of the friendliest, with the most dynamic of fans, as it is often loved by both hobbyists and virtuosos.

There is something quite unassuming about the acoustic guitar. One may say that the electric guitar is much the opposite - while if you're plugged into an amp, it may be easy to produce any particular "sound" but one could also fear that they have to much boom to their sound now, as it's amplified, everyone is now listening and that can be a bit scary! But, to those beginners out there - our suggestion, is to rock-out and just let yourself make a bit of noise until something of sense starts to formulate. Don't worry, it will. Christian Frederick Martin.jpg

How about the history of the guitar? "Images of stringed instruments appear in carvings that are more than 3,000 years old, dating from the Mesopotamian and Babylonian Empires. Our modern word ‘guitar’ probably comes from the ancient Greek word κιθάρα (kithara), and doubtless, stringed instruments existed prior to recorded history. Most scholars agree, the two instruments that played the biggest part in the history of the guitar were the European lute and an Arabic instrument called an oud."

Did you know, that "almost two centuries after its invention, the flat top guitar continues to be the most popular form of the acoustic guitar. It was developed by Christian Frederick Martin, a German-born American luthier who made his first guitar in the United States in the 1830s."

On the flip side, the first arch top electric guitar is often attributed to being the creation of Orville Gibson. "The violin-like sound holes, or F-holes, arched top and back, and adjustable bridge were among the design features that gave the archtop increased volume and tone. Gibson found that, by constructing guitars with bodies that were more like a cello, the bridge exerted no torque on the top of the instrument, which allowed it to vibrate freely and produce a louder sound."

Now, when it comes to your decision onto which particular guitar to purchase - consider a few things. First, what type of genre are you looking to play? What tones do you hear typically used in that genre? Don't feel confined - but it may give you some ideas. Second, consider your environment. Do you live in a small apartment building? Two words. Noise control. You can still stick with an electric if that's what you're hear desires, but we suggest you invest in a small amp and nice headphones.

One magical piece of the guitar - is all of the ways it can be altered. From the whammy bar, to a delay pedal, the guitar is so juicily modifiable. Don't be shy in bending your sound!

When you're first diving into the world of the legendary six strings, we suggest Googling, Spotifying, Youtubing and digging into your local vinyl shop - soak up all of the guitar tones and guitarists that have left a mark on this six-stringed history.