Outline of guitars


The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to guitars:

A variety of guitars.

A guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers or a pick. The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally six in number, are attached. Most guitar necks have metal frets attached (the exception is fretless bass guitars). Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with either nylon or steel strings. Some modern 2010-era guitars are made of polycarbonate materials. Guitars are made and repaired by luthiers. There are two primary families of guitars: acoustic and electric. An acoustic guitar has a wooden top and a hollow body. An electric guitar may be a solid-body or hollow body instrument, which is made louder by using a pickup and plugging it into a guitar amplifier and speaker. Another type of guitar is the low-pitched bass guitar.

Instrument classificationEdit

A guitar can be described as all of the following:

Types and varieties of guitarsEdit

Standard guitar variationsEdit

Pitch-based variationsEdit

Steel guitarsEdit


  • Single course
  • Double course (e.g., 12-string guitar)
  • Triple course (e.g. Tiple Colombiano)
  • Four or more strings per course (e.g. Guitarron Chileno)

Extra stringsEdit

Fewer stringsEdit




Acoustic guitar modelsEdit

Semi-acoustic modelsEdit

Solid body electric modelsEdit

Bass guitarsEdit

Bass guitars are also called "electric basses".


An Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar

Guitar accessoriesEdit


Guitar amplifiersEdit

Guitar amplifier

Guitar effectsEdit

Effects unit (also known as "Stomp Box")

Guitar softwareEdit

Guitar useEdit

Guitar musicEdit

Guitar tuningsEdit

See Guitar tunings and List of guitar tunings.

Guitar playing stylesEdit

The difference between guitar playing styles and guitar techniques (below) is that a style is a collection of techniques

Guitar techniqueEdit

Main Category: Category:Guitar performance techniques

Fretting hand techniqueEdit

Bridge (Right) hand techniquesEdit

See also the following from List of musical terminology: sul porticello (plucking/strumming near the bridge), sul tasto (plucking/strumming above the fingerboard)

Flat picking (single picking, plectrum picking)Edit
Finger picking (multiple picking)Edit
Percussive techniquesEdit

Head (Left) hand techniquesEdit

Legato techniquesEdit
Harmonic techniquesEdit

Guitar harmonic

Extended techniquesEdit

History of guitarsEdit

Guitar makersEdit

Guitar manufacturers

Guitar magazinesEdit

Guitar musicEdit

Guitar festivalsEdit

Guitar communityEdit

Significant guitaristsEdit

Guitar methodologiesEdit

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

  • Instruments In Depth: The Guitar An online feature from Bloomingdale School of Music (October, 2007)
  • Stalking the Oldest Six-String Guitar
  • Guitar physics
  • International Guitar Research Archive
  • The Guitar, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring many historic guitars from the Museum's collection