Learn the Parts of the Guitar Starting With the Guitar Body

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A picture of the parts of the guitar body

Knowing the parts of the guitar will help you chat with other guitarists and help you know how to communicate about certain things. Learning about the parts on the body of the guitar will allow you to understand more about the guitar. In this lesson we will discuss the parts of the guitar’s body and I suggest you memorize the names of these parts and a little about their function.

The guitar is held on to the player by guitar straps. Guitar straps are held onto the guitar by using Strap Buttons. Strap Buttons are on the ends of the guitar and that is where the guitar strap connects.  The guitar cable connects to the output jack. This is where the sound is transferred from the guitar to the amp. Output jacks are sometimes in different locations depending on the guitar, but on a typical strat model it will be in the location on the picture.

Pickups are the thing responsible for picking up the strings vibrations. Because of this, they are always found under the strings between the bridge and the neck. Pickups give their signal to the output jack. The bridge is responsible for holding the strings on the guitar. It can also do cool things like whammy bar stuff. The Bridge is always found at the end of the guitar body right above the output jack.

Most guitars have volume knobs and tone knobs. The volume knob controls how loud your guitar is. Wild guess how it got its title? The tone knobs control the darkness of the guitar. Another similar switch on the guitar is the pickup selector. This is what determines which pickup is being used. Pickup selectors vary with different types of guitars.

The cutaways are where your hands fit. Some acoustic guitars do not have cutaways. All electric guitars do. When both sides have cutaways they are called double cutaways. Picks ups are there to protect the guitar from picks, but they also have a second purpose. They hold wires inside the guitar. Not all guitars have pickgaurds.

Learning the names and purpose of the parts on the guitar you will be able to communicate with other guitarists about the guitar. You will use this terminology almost every day as a guitarist. Spend the time to learn about the guitar and its parts and you will be glad you did.  You can now understand what other guitar players are talking about when they use these terms.

Learn The Parts Of The Guitar Starting With The Guitar Neck

A diagram of a guitar neck that shows the parts of a guitar.

A diagram of a guitar neck that shows the parts of a guitar.

The guitar can be separated in to 2 main parts. In this lesson we are going to discuss the parts of the guitar that are on the guitar neck. There are more parts of the guitar neck than those that are mentioned here, but this is all you need to know to get started. I suggest you memorize the names of the parts and try to remember some of the facts about them. You will be using this terminology the rest of your guitar career.

The guitar neck is the longer skinny part of the guitar. This is the section of the guitar that is responsible for the notes you play. On the guitar neck section the top part where the strings are is called the fret board. The fret board is where the frets are. Give a wild guess how it got its name? These guitar frets are what give the guitar its pitch. Every time you hit that note (if your guitar is in tune) it will play the same note.  If you are interested in learning about how to guitar changes pitch then click here. (To come soon) When you look at a guitar you will notice either dots or designs on the fret board. This is called inlays. These are sometimes used to help the guitarist locate their position on the fret board, or just to look fancy. Sometimes they glow in the dark and some even come with lights!

The very lowest part of the neck is a little plastic piece. This is kind of like a fancy fret that ends the neck. This piece is called the nut. After the nut you have the head of the guitar which holds a lot of mechanisms to make the guitar work. The guitar head is responsible for holding tuning knobs. Tuning knobs are what you use to hold strings onto your guitar and to keep them in tune. This is also called tuning machines and tuning pegs. Another thing that is past the nut is a string tree. Not all guitars have these. Their main function is to angle the strings to hold them into place. They hardly affect the tone of the guitar.

The guitar neck is full of gadgets and parts that are useful to the guitarist. Know what these are and what they are used for and you will be much more familiar with your guitar. You will use these terms in your whole career as a guitarist, even if you aren’t a professional you will use these terms. This is a good beginning list of the parts on the guitar neck and from here you can expand your knowledge with more in-depth knowledge of the guitar.