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This lesson is in standard tuning (EADGBE) and has not been pitch altered!

An instrument celebrated for its versatility across genres, the electric guitar is a marvel of technology meeting traditional craftsmanship. From its magnetic pickups to its sleek design, every part plays a pivotal role in creating that iconic electric sound.

1. Headstock:

Much like its acoustic counterpart, the headstock of an electric guitar is home to the tuning machines, ensuring every string hits the right note.

2. Tuning Machines:

These precision devices help fine-tune each string to its exact desired pitch.

3. Nut:

A foundational piece just above the fretboard, guiding the strings onto the tuning pegs.

4. Fretboard & Frets:

The stage for your fingers, these components work in tandem to alter the string lengths and change pitches.

5. Pickups:

Distinct to electric guitars, pickups are magnetic devices that capture string vibrations and convert them into electrical signals, which then travel to an amplifier.

6. Toggle Switch:

Allows players to select between or combine outputs from multiple pickups.

7. Volume and Tone Knobs:

Control the electric output. Adjust the loudness with the volume knob, and modify the sound’s brightness or muddiness with the tone knob.

8. Bridge & Tailpiece:

While also serving to anchor the strings, electric guitar bridges can often be adjusted for string height and intonation.

9. Output Jack:

The gateway for the guitar’s signal. This is where you connect your guitar cable to link up with an amplifier.

Closing Notes:

The electric guitar stands as a testament to innovation in the world of music. By understanding its elements, you’re not just getting familiar with a tool but connecting deeper with a musical legacy. Dive into more intricate topics, lessons, and guides in our library or our specialised Beginner’s Guitar Course

This lesson is from the Pick Up The Guitar: Beginners course at Simply Guitar

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