How an Electric Guitar Works

What can be said about the electric guitar that hasn’t been expressed through the music of Jimmy Page, B.B King, Brian May and even the immortal Hendrix.


It’s a good reason that the electric guitar remains an important element of popular music today whether it is blues, jazz, rock and so on and so forth – and an instrument that most people would love to play.


However, before picks one up to strum a tune,, it’s important to understand its components.


So, here are the part of the electric guitar:


#1: Body


While an acoustic guitar is usually made from wood, considering how the guitar sound is produced, this isn’t a thumb of rule wit the rule. In fact, its inventor clearly mentioned that not only can its shape vary but different materials can be used as well. As opposed to an acoustic guitar, the body is also solid and thin as opposed to being hollow.


#2: Neck, Frets and Strings


While at the end of the neck and frets are the tuning keys, six strings usually run through the length. Simply put, as you press any string on different frets, the tension that is produced creates a unique note or frequency, and that’s really how the guitar is played.


#3: Bridge and Whammy Bar


The bridge serves an important function of holding the strings to the body of the electric guitar while the whammy bar is designed to create a wavering sound as it tightens or loosens the strings on the electric guitar.


#4: Volume, Tone and Pickup Selector


All three of these options determine what sound the guitar makes, with the volume and tone being the first of the lot. As for the pickup selector, if you choose a pick up closest to the bridge you amplify sounds of higher frequencies while the pickup closest to the next ampified sounds of lower frequencies, and which is also known as bass.


#5: Pickups & Amp


Based on Faraday’s Law of Induction, which states that a changing magnetic field will generate electricity, a string when plucked, will vibrate at a certain frequency and induce an electric current in the pickup which is filtered for noise reduction in the preamp and is amplified with the amp, and then played on the amp’s speakers.