Parts of an Acoustic Guitar

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Parts of the Guitar

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Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery.

Guitars are very popular and versatile. This instrument which belongs to the string family is enjoyable to learn for both children and adults. Guitars are also easy to transport and very much in demand. Here's an overview of the parts of an acoustic guitar. Let's look at each part and its function more closely.

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    Head and Tuning Keys

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    The head or the "headstock" is the uppermost part of the guitar. The tuning keys are turned either left or right to adjust the pitch of a guitar string.

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    Nut and Neck

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    That small piece you see in between the head and the neck of the guitar is called the nut. Grooves are etched onto it to keep the string in position as it goes up to the tuning keys. The neck is the long part of the guitar you place your fingers on as you play it.

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    Fingerboard, Frets, Strings and Position Markers

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    The fingerboard is the front part of the guitar, it is also called "fretboard." The small piece that divides the fingerboard is called frets. The fret holds the strings in different lengths so that when you press it and strum the strings, different pitches are produced. The string is what you strum or pluck in order to generate sound. Position markers are the small circles you see on the fingerboard that help guide the players.

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    The Body

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    The body is the "hollowed" part of the guitar. It is here where you will find the soundhole, pick guard, saddle and bridge. The body is the part of the guitar you place on your knee as you play it.

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    Soundhole and Pick Guard

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    The soundhole is the part of the guitar which helps project the sound. The dark, flat and smooth piece of material placed near the soundhole is called the pick guard. The pick guard is the area where your hand will travel as you strum the guitar and serves to protect the body from scratches.

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    Saddle and Bridge

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    The saddle is the small piece of material which holds up the strings at a certain distance from the body. The bridge is placed under the saddle and helps keep the strings in correct position.

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