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Parts of the Guitar

When learning about the guitar, it is a good idea to know some of the main guitar parts. Here are some of the major components that make up the typical guitar.

Parts of the Guitar - See below for details
  1. Body - The main part of the guitar. The body is large and hollow on an acoustic to amplify the sound. It can be solid and smaller on an electric guitar.
  2. Neck - The neck sticks out from the body and connects to the headstock. The neck holds the frets and the fingerboard.
  3. Headstock - The top of the guitar where the tuning pegs sit. Connects to the end of the neck.
  4. Strings - The standard guitar has six strings. They are typically steel for electric and acoustic. They are nylon for classical guitars.
  5. Frets - Hard metal strips that are installed into the fingerboard on top of the neck. The frets provide a place for the string to end when pressing down with the finger. Each fret and string represent a musical note.
  6. Pegs/tuners - The pegs, or tuners, sit in the headstock and hold one end of a string. By turning the pegs, the tightness of the string can be adjusted and the guitar can be tuned.
  7. Nut - The nut sits at the end of the neck. It provides an ending point for the vibration of the string so open notes can be played.
  8. Fingerboard - The fingerboard is on top of the neck. The frets are installed into the fingerboard. This is where the strings are pressed down to create notes.
  9. Bridge - The bridge sits on the sound board and is where the other end of the strings are attached. The bridge helps to translate the vibration from the strings down to the soundboard.
  10. Pickguard - Helps to protect the soundboard from getting scratched when playing.

Bridge of the Guitar


Guitar Fingerboard and Frets


Found just on the acoustic guitar: Found just on an electric guitar: Other Guitar Parts and Accessories
More on the guitar: Other musical instruments:

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