THE PARTS OF THE GUITAR
Guitars come in two basic flavors: acoustic and electric. From a hardware standpoint, electric guitars have more components and doohickeys than do acoustic guitars. But both types follow the same basic approach to such principles as neck construction and string tension. That’s why both acoustic and electric guitars have very similar constructions.
These are the main parts of the acoustic guitar
Back: The part of the body that holds the sides in place; made of two or three pieces of wood.
Body: The box that provides an anchor for the neck and bridge and creates the playing surface for the right hand..
Bridge: The wooden plate that anchors the strings to the body.
Fretboard: is the part of your guitar that holds the frets in place. Most of the time, the fretboard is another piece of wood glued on to the neck.
Frets: are the metal strips that run vertically on your fretboard. Frets are usually made of nickel or stainless steel
Electric guitars also have these components:
Bar: a metal rod attached to the bridge that varies the string tension by tilting the bridge back and forth. Also called the tremolo bar, whammy bar, vibrato bar, and wang bar.
Output jack: the insertion point for the cord that connects the guitar to an amplifier or other electronic device.
Selector switch: a switch that determines which pickupsare currently active.
Pickups: barlike magnets that create the electrical current, which the amplifier converts into musical sound.
Strap pin: metal post where the front, or top, end of the strap connects.
Volume and tone controls: knobs that vary the loudness of the guitar’s sound and its bass and treble frequencies.
Headstock: The section that holds the tuning machines.
Neck: is the entire part of the guitar from the headstock up to the body of the guitar. The neck is where your fretboard is located.
Nut: is the part of the guitar that guides and holds the strings in place right before they get to the headstock
Sides: separate curved wooden pieces on the body that join the top to the back.
Top: The face of the guitar. On an acoustic, this piece is also the sounding board, which produces almost all the guitar’s acoustic qualities.
Tuning machines: geared mechanisms that raise and lower the tension of the strings, drawing them to different pitches.
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Its Only Rock'n'Roll
With Richards and the Rolling Stones are the embodiment of 40 years of Rock'n'Roll. With numbers such as "Satisfaction', "Sympathy for the Devil", “Lets spend the night together' and “Honky Tonk Woman" they literaly wrote rock history, Keith Richards is the musical leader of the Stones and has written the lion's share of the group's songs. His almost countless hits show how important a solid catchy rhythm guitar is the making of good rock tunes.
He Was born in 1943 in Dartford, England. At the age of six he had already met Mick Jagger, who was born in the same area. In 1962, these two formed the Rolling Stones and met with rapid success, as blues was enjoying a wave of popularity in England at that time. Despite his excesses with alcohol and drugs, Keith is still "at the top' of the business.
After his solo project in 1988, he toured again with the Stones, once again the soul of the band, as he has always been Keith Richard's guitar playing, having formed the sound of the Rolling Stones, has had a considerable influence on the development of rock music.
Chuck Berry and Scotty Moore are his idols, Chuck and Keith have become friends over the years and he takes Scotty Moore with him on every tour in the form of a copy of Elvis' Sun Sessions. Another important influence are the old blues guitarists, above all Robert lohnson, the king of the delta blues.