Outline of guitars

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A variety of guitars.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to guitars:

A 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 six in number, are attached. Most guitar necks have metal frets attached (the exception is fretless bass guitars). Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with either nylon or steel strings. Some modern 2010-era guitars are made of polycarbonate materials. Guitars are made and repaired by luthiers. There are two primary families of guitars: acoustic and electric. An acoustic guitar has a wooden top and a hollow body. An electric guitar may be a solid-body or hollow body instrument, which is made louder by using a pickup and plugging it into a guitar amplifier and speaker. Another type of guitar is the low-pitched bass guitar.

What type of instrument is a guitar?[edit]

A guitar can be described as all of the following:

Types and varieties of guitars[edit]

Standard guitar variations[edit]

Pitch-based variations[edit]

Steel guitars[edit]


  • Single course
  • Double course (e.g., 12-string guitar)
  • Triple course (e.g. Tiple Colombiano)
  • Four or more strings per course (e.g. Guitarron Chileno)

Extra strings[edit]

Fewer strings[edit]




Acoustic guitar models[edit]

Semi-acoustic models[edit]

Solid body electric models[edit]

Bass guitars[edit]

Bass guitars are also called "electric basses".


An Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar

Guitar accessories[edit]


Guitar amplifiers[edit]

Guitar amplifier

Guitar effects[edit]

Effects unit (also known as "Stomp Box")

Guitar software[edit]

Guitar use[edit]

Guitar music[edit]

Guitar tunings[edit]

See Guitar tunings and List of guitar tunings.

Guitar playing styles[edit]

The difference between guitar playing styles and guitar techniques (below) is that a style is a collection of techniques

Guitar technique[edit]

Main Category: Category:Guitar performance techniques

Fretting hand technique[edit]

Bridge (Right) hand techniques[edit]

See also the following from List of musical terminology: sul porticello (plucking/strumming near the bridge), sul tasto (plucking/strumming above the fingerboard)

Flat picking (single picking, plectrum picking)[edit]
Finger picking (multiple picking)[edit]
Percussive techniques[edit]

Head (Left) hand techniques[edit]

Legato techniques[edit]
Harmonic techniques[edit]

Guitar harmonic

Extended techniques[edit]

History of guitars[edit]

Guitar makers[edit]

Guitar manufacturers

Guitar magazines[edit]

Guitar music[edit]

Guitar festivals[edit]

Guitar community[edit]

Significant guitarists[edit]

Guitar methodologies[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]