While it is not absolutely necessary, knowing a bit more about guitars can help you quite a bit if you are only learning how to play now. A better understanding will give you a broader vision and appreciation for these instruments.
To start off, we’ve decided to stick to the three main types and classifications of guitars. If you love music, you probably are aware of the fact that there are many other types of guitars out there. Let’s take a closer look at the top three types of guitars you should know about.
Nylon String: Classical Guitar
Classical guitars have smaller bodies with a wider neck. It is also classified as an acoustic guitar and referred to as Spanish guitars in some cases. These guitars are strung with nylon strings which are gentler on the player’s fingers when picking. Thanks to the smaller size of the classical guitar, it is easier to handle and preferred for younger players.
Steel String: Acoustic Guitar
The only difference between the acoustic and classical guitar is the fact that it is strung with steel strings. This allows for a louder sound and is used for strumming chords. Some of these guitars have built-in amplifiers, which allows for playing at larger venues. Acoustic guitars are also used for playing rock music.
Steel and Nickel Strings: Electric Guitar
Finally, we take a look at electric guitars. Traditionally electric guitars are used for pop, rock, metal and country music. The body of an electric guitar is solid and can weigh up to 6 kg, making it difficult for younger kids to handle. An amplifier is used to enhance the sound, while different accessories can change and manipulate the sound too.
Whatever your fancy, there is a great guitar out there for you! Whether you want to rock out with an electric or play folk music with your acoustic, you’ll find the perfect guitar for you.