The History of Guitars

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There is an instrument that hundreds of years ago, was just as popular as it is today. at the beginning of the 17th century the guitar had four strings in either (c f a d) or (f b d g) tuning. The guitar has been around for hundreds and even thousands of years.

The guitar is a flat bodied instrument that has a long fretted neck. The strings in earlier guitars were knotted through holes in the cross ledge which served as a string holder. In the 1920's, louder guitars were wanted because of the presence of big band music. The first electric guitars began to appear during the 1930's and were mostly either hollow body guitars converted for amplified use by the use of early pickups. Makers started building larger flattop and arch top guitars and started using different materials and designs. Many people around the world are playing the guitar because it is easy to learn and brings hours of fun.

You can sit in your room and strum on your guitar for hours and still have fun.

Gibson invented many different types of guitars that many people and even rock artists play. In the late 50's Gibson introduced the sg series into the guitar market. The Sg series was designed in 1960 and released in 1962. The Les Paul series was designed in 1950 and released in 1953. Sg stands for Standard Guitar.

There were a few bands and artists that paved the way for the way rock and the guitar are played now. There are a few bands and artists that I'd like to mention. The beach boys consisted of brothers Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Carl Wilson along with Alan Jardine, Mike Love, And Bruce Johnson. The Beatles consisted of John Lennon (Deceased), Paul McCartney,