The guitar is a very popular instrument all over the world. It is played by strumming or plucking the strings, which vary in number as you will read later. Guitars have come in all shapes and sizes over the decades, and these days, the electric and acoustic guitars both are popular and played by many. Here are some interesting facts about the guitar that you many not know!
Guitars were first played in 14th century Spain. The first guitar music was published in 1546.
Guitars have been around for 3,000-4,000 years all over the world. They just didn’t gain major popularity until the late 1800’s or early 1900’s.
The first electric guitar was made in 1931 and was made of metal. The first wooden electric guitar was made in 1950. Currently they are made of either plastic or wood.
The strings of a guitar used to be made out of animal intestines. Currently, thanks to technology, they are made out of nylon.
The parts of a guitar are described like the human body: the head, neck, and body. The neck has lines across it called frets that change the pitch of the strings similarly to the keys on a piano. The player holds down the string on the neck against the fret and the pitch changes as they move their hand.
Most guitars have four, six, or twelve strings. However, there are some rare instruments with seven, eight, nine, or ten strings.
The guitar is the number two most played instrument, taking second place to the piano, which is the number one most played instrument today.
The range of an average guitar is almost four octaves.
The largest electric guitar in the world is 13.26 meters long and weighs 1023 kilograms. It was built in 2001.
The Fender Factory, one of the most popular guitar manufacturers in the world, makes around 90,000 guitar strings per day. That is over 20,000 miles per year of guitar string, which is enough to circle the world.
The electric guitar can play many different styles of music, which is probably why it is such a popular instrument to play. You can jam out to jazz, rock, bluegrass, country, reggae, pop, blues, funk, soul, and heavy metal on this instrument.
No other instrument has impacted the evolution of music since the 20th century as much as the electric guitar.