Parts of an Acoustic Guitar (Lesson 1)





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Lesson 1: Parts of an Acoustic Guitar

Welcome to Lesson 1 of the Learn to Play Guitar for Beginners Course!

Once you've purchased your guitar, it's time to learn all the parts that comprise the acoustic guitar. This information will come in handy when it comes time for repairs or general maintenance, which are always essential to being a guitar player.

Parts of an Acoustic Guitar

Body: The body of
the acoustic guitar is what gives the instrument its sound and
beauty. It's the big hollow shape, or sound box, that resonates
when you play the strings. It's what makes the guitar sound like a
Neck: The guitar
neck is the long wooden shaft that tapers down to the headstock. Each
string runs along this extension, and depending on where your fingers
are placed on each string up and down the neck, you make different
tones that resonate throughout the guitar. The face of the neck is called the fretboard because that is where the guitar frets are located.

Head (Headstock): At
the end of the guitar neck, there is the headstock. It is fitted with
tuners or machine heads that adjust the tension of the strings,
therefore changing the pitch of the guitar.

Tuners (Machine
Heads): These metal pegs adjust the tension of the guitar strings to
raise or lower their pitches depending on whether or not you turn
them clockwise or counterclockwise.

Nut: The nut is the
thin white piece that separates the neck from the headstock. It
separates each guitar string going down the neck so that they are
evenly spaced out in order to be played.

Frets: Frets are the
thin metal pieces on the fretboard that run perpendicular to the guitar neck, and act
as "tone separators" for the guitar. They separate the guitar
neck into semitones or half steps making the guitar neck act as a
grid from which you play musical tones.

Sound Hole: The
sound hole is the reason that sound escapes the body of the guitar.
When a string is plucked, this sound bounces around the inside of the
guitar, eventually escaping through the sound hole and into our ears.

Bridge: The bridge
of the guitar holds the guitar strings firmly on the body so that
they do not loose tension and therefore change pitch. When a string
is plucked, vibrations run from the bridge all the way down the neck
to the nut.

Bridge Pegs: These
are used on acoustic guitars to fasten the ends of the strings to the
bridge. They are the nails that keep each string secured to the
wooden bridge.

Pickguard: Over
time, strumming with a pick can do some wear and tear. That's why
the pickguard is there to protect the guitar's body from dings and

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