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Anatomy of the Guitar
First and foremost, lets take a quick look at the basic anatomy of the guitar. The guitar is made of 3 distinct pieces. They are the body, neck, and headstock:
Each of these basic pieces houses certain features and hardware to give the guitar its full function. Let's take a closer look at the features and hardware that is standard on most electric guitars:
Strap Button - Used to attach the strap to the body
Pickup - Like a microphone. These "pick up" the sound of the strings
Bridge - Secures the strings to the body
Output Jack - This is where you plug in a cable to connect to an amplifier
Pickup Selector - Turns individual pickups on or off
Volume Knob - Adjusts the output volume to the amplifier
Tone Knob - adjusts treble and bass in the guitar's tone
Frets - Divides the neck into notes. Each fret corresponds to a different note.
Fret Maker Inlays - makes navigating the fretboard easier.
Nut - sets the string to the correct height and spacing
Tuning Keys - adjusts the tension and pitch of each string
String Trees - keeps strings from coming unseated from the nut slot
Strings of the guitar
Each guitar string is tuned to a standard pitch. The pitch is dialed in by tightening or loosening the string with the tuning keys and to a specific note. From thickest to thinnest, the notes in standard tuning are E-A-D-G-B-E
Its easy to remember with this mnemonic device: Eddie Ate Dynamite. Good Bye, Eddie
Tuning the Guitar
There are several good methods to tune a guitar, but I recommend either using an electronic tuner or a reference tone.
WARNING! Over-tightening the string can cause it to break! Broken strings happen to every guitar player at every level. It's not like its the end of the world, but its a definite bummer.
High E String
Now you're all tuned up and ready to rock. Make sure you check out some of our other tutorials and lessons.
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