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Acoustic Guitar

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The Acoustic Guitar (əkústɪkgətɑ́r) is a stringed musical instrument with a hollow body shaped similar to a figure eight. Traditionally a wooden instrument, there are now many different styles of acoustic guitar to represent the different genres of music. The sides and back of the acoustic guitar are normally made from a hardwood such as mahogany while the top of the guitar is usually made of a lighter wood such as cedar or ash. Acoustic guitars come in both 6, 7 and 12 string format. Their sound is projected through a sound hole that is cut in a circular shape into the top of the guitar. Although a majority of acoustic players use the instrument to produce rhythms and chords, it can also be used as an effective lead instrument.
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Archtop Guitar

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The Archtop Guitar (archtop gətɑ́r) is an acoustic or semi-acoustic steel stringed guitar that takes its name from its distinctive curved or arched top. The design is credited to Orville Gibson, whose 1898 patent for a mandolin included design specifications and construction techniques also applicable to guitars. The design incorporates a violin style arched top and back, each carved from a single block of wood that creates a need for internal bracing, f-holes on the stomach, a stoptail or moveable bridge and a tailpiece. The distinctive rich tone of these guitars made them particularly suited to electrification, and they quickly became staple instrumental accompaniments in the Big Bands and Swing Bands of the 1940s. The archtop fell out of style in Pop music for a time, but has seen a revival since the 1990s, and have remained popular with jazz and blues musicians since their inception in the early 1900s.
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Classical Guitar

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The Classical Guitar (klǽsɪkəl gətɑ́r) is a string instrument. The modern Classical guitar is an esthetically pleasing wooden instrument made up of a machine head, pegs, nuts, a fingerboard, frets, a sound hole, a body with a waist and a flat back, strings and a bridge. Unlike the steel-string acoustic guitar or the electric guitar, the classical guitar is played with nylon strings, which create a more smooth and subtle tone. The Classical guitar lends itself to many types of music, including folk, Brazilian and classical. The Classical guitar has also been a staple of folk-rock music, and gives a richness and beauty to the songs of Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan, among other folk-rock artists.
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Electric Guitar

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An Electric Guitar (əlɛktrɪk gətɑr) is a type of guitar that is capable of converting the vibration of the guitar strings into electric audio signals. When a string is played on an electric guitar, the vibration of that string creates an electric current in the part of the guitar referred to as the "pickup." This electromagnetic currents flow through a connecting cable and, via an amplifier, and comes out of a loud speaker as sound. This process is referred to as direct electromagnetic induction. The signal of the guitar can be altered to produce a different type of sound through using an effects units. 
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Flamenco Guitar

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Flamenco Guitar (fləmɛ́ŋkò gətɑ́r) is a type of guitar similar to a classical guitar. A Flamenco guitar is usually not made as heavy as a classical guitar, giving them a sound that is more strongly percussive as well as having a brighter tone. The top and sides of the guitar are traditionally made out of a Spanish wood such as sycamore, cypress, or rosewood. Because playing flamenco style guitar involves a great deal of finger-tapping, a flamenco guitar typically has a tap plate, which is a piece somewhat similar to a pick guard, that is usually made of plastic and helps protect the guitar from the finger taps.
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Flat Top Guitar

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A Flat Top Guitar (flǽt tɑ́p gətɑ́r) is a guitar that is completely flat across the entire body with no arch at all. The flat top guitar body style is typically seen in steel string acoustic guitar models, where the flat top and metal strings combine to create this model’s characteristic bright, loud sound. This can be contrasted with the softer, quieter tones generated by nylon-stringed arch tops. The flat top guitar design is not solely the realm of the steel string acoustic, however. Electric guitars like the Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster and Gibson’s Les Paul Special and Les Paul Junior are just a few of the very popular non-acoustic guitars that employ a flat top guitar layout.
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Fretless Guitar

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A Fretless Guitar (frɛ́t lɛ́s gətɑ́r) is a guitar that has no frets, making the fretboard a flat smooth surface. Fretless guitars generate a different sound than their fretted counterparts, since the guitar players' fingertips absorb a lot more of the string’s energy which would be normally displaced by a metal fret. Also, because a fretless guitar does not have frets as note indicators, fretless guitar players are not limited to the traditional 12-tone scale. Fretless guitars require much more technique and ear training, as the player needs to be much more in tune with where to finger each note. Fretless guitars themselves are uncommon in Western music, but the fretless electric bass guitar has seen widespread popularity, especially in Jazz, R&B and funk.
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Guitar

Guitar Types
The Guitar (gətɑ́r) is a stringed instrument made of various wood, such as maple, rosewood and oak or in some cases a combination of multiple types of wood. A very popular instrument, the guitar's roots stem back to medieval times with the Baroque guitar. Many people assume that the lute was the beginning of the modern guitar. As the guitar is a stringed instrument, the guitar's sound is made when its player strums of plucks its strings, causing vibrations to resonate in harmony. Guitars typically have six strings, but many guitars are made with 7 or 12 strings. Guitars with 12 strings contain the same notes as a guitar with 6 strings; however, all the strings are paired in two, for an octave effect.
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Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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The Hollowbody Electric Guitar (holowbody) is also known as the "semi-acoustic guitar," which was originally developed by Gibson in the late 1950's. As a compromise between the fully hollow, arch topped electric guitars and the new solid bodied electrics created by Les Paul, the Semi-Acoustic is an archtop design with a much shallower depth than a standard archtop. Additionally, there is a solid sustain block of wood in the center under the top, in which the pickups, bridge, and tailpiece hardware are mounted. The end result is a very versatile instrument that can evoke the warmth of a full archtop and then shriek with the cutting power of a solid body guitar with a flick of a switch and tweaking of the Volume and Tone knobs. The semi-acoustic has long been the preferred instrument of many blues, jazz and rock players. In addition to Gibson, models from Epiphone, Yamaha, Ibanez, PRS and others are available for guitarists to choose according to taste.
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