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Humbucker

Humbucker

Guitar Parts
A Humbucker is also known as the "Double Coil" Pickup, which is a series of magnets that reside in the body of an electric guitar which measures the vibration of the guitar's strings. When the guitar strings are strummed or plucked, an electro-magnetic field is created by the magnets in the guitar, which is "picked" and  communicated to the amplifier which converts the received signal into sound. Unlike single coil pickups, the humbucker uses two sets of  magnets (A.K.A. coils). These multiple coils are connected in a series, therefore create a bigger beefier sound than the single coil pickup. First patented by the Gibson company, there are several types of humbuckers. The rail humbucker is a smaller type that divides a single coil size lengthwise in half. The Stacked humbucker is designed to fit in a single coil space and has the coils stacked as opposed to side by side. Coil Splits are humbuckers that allow the guitarist to choose to use one or both coils through a switch on the guitar.
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Guitar Inlay

Inlay

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An Inlay (ɪ́nlè) is a primarily decorative technique, where a contrasting material is "laid" into the wood of the fretboard and/or headstock of a guitar. The most high-end material used to make inlays is mother-of-pearl, but inlays are also frequently made from plastic, wood or even LED fibers. Most commonly, fretboard inlays are small circles, parallelograms or shark fin shapes. These marks, in addition to being esthetically pleasing, are  used to emphasize certain frets to make them easier for players to find quickly. Headstock inlays are usually an embossed version of the guitar manufacturer’s logo or name but in some cases can be ornate designs. Additionally, some high-end guitars have elaborate and beautiful designs on the are around the sound hole, their backs and/or sides.
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guitar neck

Neck

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The Neck (nɛ́k) of a guitar is the piece of wood that extends from the guitar body and ends with the headstock. Most necks have small dots on the fretboard to signify the fret number. On custom guitars the fret markers will often be pictures or different shapes depending on the theme. Some necks are bolted on to the main body of the guitar, while others are part of the body itself. The neck is where the frets and fretboard are glued to the guitar. Attached to the headstock, are the tuning machines and truss rod. The frets are the small ridges down the neck against which the strings are pushed to form notes.
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neck joint

Neck Joint

Guitar Parts
The Neck Joint (nɛ́k ǰɔ̀ynt) is where the neck is either bolted or glued onto the body of the guitar. There are several different types of neck joints that are used in the construction of guitars. The Spanish Heel type of neck joint is a headblock and neck that is carved from a single piece of wood. Mortise and Tenon neck joints are two examples that have a peg on the end of the neck that is fastened into a cavity on the body. Dovetail neck joints use a triangular shaped peg that is inserted into a recess of the same shape. Bolt-on neck joints are just what the name implies, the neck is held onto the body by a bolt. Also, not all guitars have a neck joint. Some guitars are constructed from a single, solid piece of wood where the neck and body do not need to be joined by other means.
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Guitar Nut

Nut

Guitar Parts
The Nut (nə́t) is the area at the joint of a guitar between the headstock and fretboard, which holds the strings firmly in place. The nut, which come as either standard or locking, can be made from a variety of materials, such as bone, brass, graphite, nylon, and/or plastic. Standard nuts are preferred when attempting a more traditional guitar sound, while locking nuts, which hold the strings firmly in place, are usually used with rock-style guitars. Since the tension of the strings is dependent upon the nut, the tone the guitar produces can be adversely affected if a nut is not properly cut and placed.
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Nylon Strings

Nylon Strings

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Nylon Strings (náylɑ̀n strɪ́ŋ) are the strings of choice for classical guitars. The three thinnest nylon strings, known as the treble stings, are made of clear or rectified nylon. The three thickest strings, the bass nylon strings, are usually wrapped in a metal, such as bronze or silver plated copper. Treble nylon strings are said to have a sweeter tone than strings made out of other materials. The most popular string length for a classical guitar is 650 mm. Steel strings should never be used on a classical guitar, because they can damage the instrument. Nylon is a synthetic polymer that was first used as a substitution for silk. It's superior in sound quality and durability than the gut strings that used to be used on classical guitars. Nylon guitar strings are extruded, which means they’re drawn through a die in one long string. Clear nylon strings are monofilaments and rectified nylon strings are very precisely ground to be one diameter down the length of the string, giving them a richer sound.
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output jack

Output Jack

Guitar Parts
An Output Jack (áwtpʊ̀t ǰǽk) is the mechanism where a cord is inserted into an electric or amplified acoustic guitar. The output jack provides the signal connection between the guitar pickups and the guitar cord that carries the signal to the amplifier. Output jacks may be placed on the face of the guitar (such as on a Fender Stratocaster or Gibson SG) or on the lower-rear (such as on a Gibson Les Paul or Fender Telecaster). Most guitar jacks provide a two-conductor mono signal, but a few guitars are wired in a three-conductor stereo configuration.
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Pickguard

Pickguard

Guitar Parts
The Pickguard (pickguard) is a heavily customizable piece of protective material that is placed beneath the strings of a guitar. It helps prevent a guitarist from damaging the body of his guitar with the pick. The pickguard is generally shaped much like the guitar itself, but many companies manufacture specialized pickguards that come in shapes ranging from circles to diamonds. The pickguard also comes in a variety of patterns and colors, and can be used to give a guitar a very unique appearance. Many guitarists switch pick guards periodically, in order to give their instruments a fresh and more trendy appearance.
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guitar pickup

Pickup

Guitar Parts
The Pickup (pɪ́kə̀p) is a device that magnetically amplifies the vibrations created when the strings are plucked or strummed. An electric current flows through the metal receivers of the pickups to accurately relay the vibrating movements to the guitar's amplifier. While pickups are a mandatory feature for all electric guitars, some acoustic guitars have pickups as well. Acoustic guitars with pickups are usually called acoustic-electric guitars. There are various styles of pickups, but the main styles are humbuckers, single coil and double coils. Different pickup styles have different sounds. For example, the humbucker style of pickup is often used by rock guitarists because of its full tone. The double coils have a biting sound to them, and they are often used by blues and jazz guitarists. Some guitar players customize their guitar to incorporate both humbucker pickups and double or single coil pickups. This allows for great versatility in guitar playing. The different pickups can be toggled by the switch that is usually located close to the volume knob.
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