Parts of The Acoustic Guitar - 2 Minute Lesson

Updated: Oct 13

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I quickly go over the parts of the acoustic guitar. Important to know when learning to play the guitar



Acoustic Guitar Parts


There are many different types and designs of guitars, so lots of these can vary but 99% of guitars will be laid out roughy like this:


Neck


Maker’s Logo

Most guitar makers will put their logo on the headstock so it’s clearly visible.


Tuning Pegs also know as Machine Heads

The strings wrap around the tuning post of the machine head and you turn the peg to tighten or loosen the string into tune.


Nut

Holds the strings in place at the top of the fretboard allowing them to vibrate without any fingers being pressed down on the string. (You could think of them as fret zero.)


Fingerboard also know as Fretboard

This is the front of the neck, where we place our fingers to play the guitar, a slab of wood placed on top of the neck.


Frets

These are the metal bars that run along the guitar. They are what the strings come into contact with when you press down on them. The string vibrates from the fret. Each fret represents a semi-tone.


Fret Dots

Normally placed on the front of the fretboard with smaller ones on the side, they are there to make navigating around the guitar easier.

Body


The Body

The body of an acoustic guitar is a sound box - the strings vibrating are amplified and project out the sound hole.

Soundhole

The hole in the middle (not always) out of which the sound is projected. Normally decorated with a Rosette (ring design around the sound hole).


Pickguard also know as a Scratchplate.

Protects the finish and the wood of the guitar from being damaged from the guitar pick and fingers.


Bridge

The bridge is the block of wood which is glued onto the body of the guitar which holds the strings. On the bridge is the Saddle (usually made of bone) which is the first point of contact for the strings. Directly behind the saddle are usually 6 bridge pins, which hold the strings in place.

 

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