What you need to know about the history of the guitar, from ancient to modern times we cover guitar history in depth: classical, acoustic, and electric. Guitar-like instruments played with some sort of plectrum have existed for centuries, but nearly 100 years ago plectrum innovations sparked a tone and technique revolution. The guitar's roots are in spain realistically, it cannot be traced back further than the 15th century it is thought to have been invented by the people of malaga.
A member of the family of musical instruments called chordophones, the guitar is a stringed instrument with which sound is produced by plucking a series of strings running along the instrument's body. 1921 two of the most significant innovations in guitar history are developed by gibson employee ted mchugh—specifically, the adjustable truss rod and the height-adjustable bridge to this day, all gibson instruments are equipped with truss rods based on mchugh's design. The guitar is an ancient and noble instrument, whose history can be traced back over 4000 years many theories have been advanced about the instrument's ancestry it has often been claimed that the guitar is a development of the lute, or even of the ancient greek kithara. History of the guitar 1 the history of guitars by grace lilley 2 the guitar the guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers or a pick the guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally 6 in number, are attached acoustic guitars with hollow bodies have been in use f.
The vihuela is yet another distant relative of the guitar as we know it today it was popular in spain, italy, and portugal during the 15th and 16th centuries, a time when the lute was thriving in the other parts of europe. The history of guitar-like instruments goes back to ancient egypt, with the acoustic guitar tracing its ancestry to moorish lutes the electric guitar was developed in the early 1930s in america. The home of gibson electric guitars today is gibson usa, built in 1974 in nashville specifically for the production of gibson's les paul guitars although the entire guitar industry went through a slump in the late '70s, the spirit of innovation remained strong at gibson in response to a growing. Evolution of the 19th century guitar additional research of the guitar's history from the 1750's to 1800's examines how the five-course guitar gradually gave way.
Guitar-like instruments have existed since ancient times (see the guitar museum), but the first written mention of the guitar proper is from the 14th century in its earliest form it had three double courses (pairs) of strings plus a single string (the highest) the guitar probably originated in. The function and place of the guitar in various societies through the years is still a wide open and relatively underappreciated aspect of its history. The guitar, however, had come to stay, and its popularity grew throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries around 1800, the five courses were replaced by six single strings, tuned the way we are familiar with today. The following time-line is a work-in-progress of the history of the guitar and its role supporting musical styles if you have corrections, clarifications, additional. The guitar was instantly singled out as the most prominent instrument, alongside with vocals the remainder of standard early rock acts was rounded up with a rhythm section consisting of the drums and bass guitar.
The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings it is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting (pressing the strings against the frets) with the fingers of the other hand. In many history books, even some that are highly rated, you will read that the guitar was invented by the classical-era greeks this is due to a simple mistake the greeks had an instrument which they called a kithara as this was a stringed instrument and that the name resembles closely that of the. Ge smith performs the history of the electric guitar, from steel to squeal, in just one song.
A brief history of the guitar back to handbook a brief history of the guitar by paul guy the guitar is an ancient and noble instrument, whose history can be. Guitar, plucked stringed musical instrument that probably originated in spain early in the 16th century, deriving from the guitarra latina, a late-medieval instrument with a waisted body and four strings. History of the acoustic guitar most acoustic guitars come in 6 string or 12 string variations, but there are many custom made guitars that include more strings and or other features acoustic guitars are popular with blues, jazz, rock, folk and country styles, though it has a smaller volume compared to that of an electric guitar.
A long and mighty history, owing itself to a lineage of equally mighty individuals, has brought the electric guitar out of the treetops of imagination and into the walking flesh of our lives the electric guitar has survived and thrived through ongoing periods of natural selection, hybridism and. The interrelated stories of the guitar, mandolin, and banjo are mixed seamlessly with the history of the diverse american music that grew and prospered with these instruments, from country to blues, from jazz to rock. The history of the guitar documentary this feature is not available right now please try again later.