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Electric Guitars

Electric guitars are used for playing a vast range of music. Electric guitars work by converting the vibration of the strings into electric signals before they are sent into an amplifier. They are available from a large number of different brands, including Epiphone, Fender, Gibson, and Ibanez.

What electric guitar body types are there?

Electric guitars consist of many different body types, both standard and custom, the most common of which are hollow, semi-hollow, and solid. They differ in several ways:

  • Solid: This classic style of instrument uses electric pickups and an amplifier to create sound. The solid body allows the amplified sound to reproduce the string vibrations.
  • Semi-hollow: A semi-hollow body in an electric guitar makes use of electronic pickups that are mounted on the body. Because the body is semi-hollow, the body itself vibrates. This means that the pickups convert both the string and body vibrations into an electrical signal. The sound hole can be blocked off to prevent feedback.
  • Hollow: These electric guitars are composed of entirely hollow bodies, allowing them to be used both plugged-in and unplugged. They qualify as electric guitars because they are outfitted with electric pickups.
What are the bodies of these guitars made from?

Most of these electric guitars have a body that is composed of solid wood. This is because wood produces a full and rich sound. A few of these guitars consist of laminate construction in the body, while a small number are comprised of acrylic bodies. Acrylic allows for an eye-catching, transparent look.

What are the different string configurations with these guitars?

There are several string configurations available with electric guitars, including 4-string, 6-string, 7-string, and 12-string configurations. Although each configuration can make a slightly different sound, the differences are mostly down to personal preference. Nontraditional configurations include 5-string, 8-string, 9-string, 10-string, and 18-string versions.

How do you keep a guitar clean?

In order to keep your guitar clean, there are some tips that you should be aware of. When taking the strings off to clean the system, do so two or three at a time. If you are not changing strings, wipe them with a dry cloth after every session. Wiping down the fretboard with a damp cloth occasionally is enough to keep it in good shape. The pickups, tuners, bridges, and nuts can be cleaned in much the same way. The pickups on your guitar should be cleaned with a dry cloth. Be sure to only use gentle cleaning products on your guitar.

What are some colors that are available with these guitars?

Some of the available colors include black, white, red, blue, and sunburst. Many of these systems are multi-color, consisting of combinations like black and white or green and white.

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