Parts of the Guitar

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In this video, I will show the various parts of the acoustic and electric guitar. If you are interested in taking beginner guitar lessons, knowing the different parts of the guitar will help you with better understanding when you begin taking guitar lessons.

The acoustic guitar and electric guitar have many parts that are the same, but there are some differences which I point out. The major parts of the acoustic guitar are the headstock, neck, body, tuning keys, guitar nut, fingerboard, frets, bridge, bridge pins, end pin, rosette, and pickguard.

The electric guitar has some of the same parts as the acoustic guitar like the headstock, neck, body, tuning keys, nut, fingerboard, frets, bridge, and pickguard. However, there are some parts you will find on the electric guitar that are not on an acoustic. They include the guitar pickups, volume controls, tone controls, pickup selector switch, smaller playing neck, lighter or thinner guitar strings.

Despite the differences of the acoustic and electric guitar, they are played the same way.


I would recommend you start taking beginner guitar lessons using an acoustic guitar. However, if you feel the electric is more suited for your taste, then I say go for it.

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Sam Lyons

Hi, How’re you doing? Sam Lyons here.

Welcome to the Parts of the guitar. Starting with the electric guitar.
Most guitars have some similar kind of features. So I’m going to use the electric guitar for now.

So, the basic parts of the guitar, here on the end we have the Headstock,
sometimes just referred to as the head.Then we have the long narrow thing, it’s called the Neck which is connected to what is called the Body.

So you have the Body, Neck and Head. Pretty straight forward.

So what about the other things. So the little things on the ends of the headstock help keep you in tune, funny enough are called Tuners or a Tuning Peg or Tuning Machines.
So they’re your Tuners, Tuning Peg or Tuning Machines.

Sometimes, you’ll find a small piece on the headstock that holds your string down,
usually the two thinner strings, it kind of holds them onto the neck.
If you do see one of those, thats referred to as a string tree.

Ok the small piece of either bone or metal or plastic that you have right at the end of the guitar, kind of where the finger board starts, the finger board is the place where you put your fingers funny enough, that’s called the Nut.

So that’s really important that you remember that one.

At the ends of the strings where you put your fingers, is the Nut, at the end on the Headstock and the other end of it located on the body is the Bridge, which is where the strings attach or kind of disappear into the body of the guitar depending on your particular guitar.

So remember that it’s really important just because we use that quite often when we’re teaching.

You now move the hand towards the bridge or toward the nut. So Nut, Bridge. Very important to remember those two.

So the little bits of metal that we’ve got going over the finger board are called the frets, that’s pretty straight forward, The frets are attached to the neck.

You have marker dots (position markers), very likely to be either on the side of the neck or on the front in the 3rd 5th 7th 9th and 12th frets. You’ll always have a double dot or some sort of different design on some other guitars that represents the 12th fret, because that’s exactly one octave higher than the open string. Don’t worry about that too much that sort of thing will come a little later.

Ok so once we’re down on to the actual body of the guitar now, an acoustic guitar will just have a hole in the middle, which is called a sound hole, funny enough where the sound comes out of, they still have a bridge, it looks a little different to the electric guitar bridge but they still have a bridge.

On the electric guitar you’ll notice little things underneath the strings. These are called pick ups and they pick up the sound from the strings. These are little magnets, as the string wobbles around, it interrupts the magnetic field around the pick up and the pick up picks up the changes in the magnetic field and sends it down out the guitar to the amplifier to amplify that signal. If you get 2 pick ups that look like they’re next to each other they’re called Humbucking pick ups because single coil pickups can sometimes are a bit noisy and when you stick two together it stops them from humming so you get this humbucker. They’re commonly found in kind of Gibson guitars as in Les Pauls and that type of guitar.

You sometimes might have a little bar on or near the bridge, this is called the whammy or tremolo bar, which is, if you play the strings and move it towards the body of the guitar or pull it away it will change the pitch of the strings. If your’e a beginner guitar player, you probably don’t want to be messing around with that, it will just make you guitar go out of tune, so I’d leave that out of the way if I were you.

You’ll probably have a couple of knobs if you’ve got an electric guitar. one of them will be volume the other ones will be tone, most likely for a beginner you just want to make sure that they’re turned all up all of the time.

The volume control you can back off but generally the tone controls when you’re starting out it’s a good idea just to leave them on full all the time until you understand what you might be doing with them.

You might also find that you’ve got a switch. Many times it’s a five way selector switch on a Strat, on a Les Paul you have like a 3 way selector switch. that’s usually up on the top of the guitar near where the guitar neck attaches to the body. This selects which pick up you’re going to use because you’ll notice that there’s three there. The reason that there’s 3 is that they all sound a little bit different. So depending on whether you want to use the back one which is the brightest, most trebbley sort of sound or the one nearest the neck, surprisingly called the neck pick up,
this one’s kind of got the bassiest and fatest sound. So that would be the pick ups and that would be the pick up selectors.

The reason you’ve got 5 positions is because you can either choose one pick or two pick ups together, or just the middle pick up or the front two pick ups or just the front one that’s your five positions. The middle position on a Les Paul type guitar will select both pickups the front and the back because that type of guitar only has 2 pickups.

Just tryring to think what else you might have.

You have one strap button at the very end of the guitar body to attach a guitar strap,
and possibly one on the body just behind the neck where it attaches to the body. However, not all guitars have two strap buttons.

Ok I think that’s about it.

Till next time,