About Our Guitars
The Electric guitar was invented in 1932 and was brought into the mainstream by jazz guitar players. Overtime, the variety of sounds and modifications the electric guitar could support allowed it to break into other genres of music and by the 21st century, the electric guitar has become a quintessential part of musical production.
The electric guitar functions similarly to its ancestor, the acoustic, in that both primarily rely on six strings laid out on a neck and fret board, supported by a larger body. The electric guitar differs in that instead of using resonance of sound within a hollow body, like the acoustic, it utilizes “pickups” to detect vibrations from the strings and convert them into electrical signals, which can then be amplified by an aptly named amplifier to produce a louder sound than the guitar alone could.
Due to the electric guitar’s reliance on pickups as its primary means of creating sound, the body of the guitar can follow many different designs, some even having more than one fret board! The versatility of the electric guitar to produce various desired sounds, its ease to pick up and play, and its wide price range makes it a favorite amongst amateurs and pros alike.
The acoustic guitar is ancient by degree of millennia. Historians estimate that the first guitar like instrument came about around 4000 years ago, as it was preceded by its cousin, the lute, and what many consider to be the ancestor of the guitar, the gittern. It wasn’t until the late renaissance era that the first early guitars called “vihuelas”, featuring a small hollow body and 5 strings, came to be. Around 1850 the first acoustic guitars as we know them were created, and their invention is often accredited to the Spanish guitar maker Antonio Torres Jurado.
Acoustic guitars use 6 strings which vibrate the air around them to create sound. This sound is then made louder within the guitar’s large hollow body through a process called resonance. The combination of these elements is what makes the guitar what it is; a soundboard that can be used to create a variety of individual notes and chords. Acoustic guitars are typically tuned (low to high) E,A,D,G,B,E, but can be tuned to meet one’s own musical needs or wants.
Playing an acoustic guitar is like merging with history itself. When you play an E minor, or simply pluck the G string, you know that an uncountable number of people before you have done the same. The notes and songs you learn are the product of generations of experimentation and creativity, and everything you create, or play adds to that timeless tapestry. Perhaps this, coupled with its relative ease to learn, is what makes the acoustic guitar one of the most popular instruments around.
Acoustics Guitars Available
Electric Guitars Available
Bass Guitars Available
Guitar Accessories Available
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