Different forms of the guitar date back over 3,000 years. Though no civilization has been credited with the development of the instrument, historians have found carvings of an instrument resembling the guitar done by the Hittites.Continue Reading
The Hittite Empire was composed of Anatolian people living in north-central Anatolia around 1600 BC. The cave carving of the instrument, while appearing much different than the modern instrument used today, featured a similar shape and the basic features of a guitar with its long neck and wide body.
The instrument continued to develop over time and in the 14th century, several cultures around the world began constructing guitars to meet their needs. For instance, the Moors created a four-course guitar called the Guitarra Moresca, which was oval shaped. As the guitar continued to evolve, it made its way around the world. It was introduced into American culture in the 1500s and throughout time, different versions have been created. The classical guitar became popular among music enthusiasts in the 1900s and in the 1930s, the electric guitar was invented; it changed the way music was played around the world. George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker are credited with developing the world's first viable electric guitar.Learn more about Musical Instruments
Some guitars have the production date etched or stamped on the back of the guitar while others are marked with a serial number that indicates the production year. The serial number can be looked up on the guitar manufacturer's website to find out the year it was made.Full Answer >
To teach yourself how to play guitar, start by learning the five basic chord shapes: G, C, D, E minor and A. Refer to a guitar tablature on how to finger these chord shapes correctly. Keep practicing them until you can shift from one chord to another seamlessly. If your fingers start to ache, rest for a little bit until you are ready to play again.Full Answer >
To build your own guitar you need to plan the design, gather the materials and tools, cut the pieces, paint and polish them and finally assemble them. Then you have to just add the chords and tune the guitar. The process requires certain tools, as well as some woodworking skills.Full Answer >
Values for guitars are available from secondary guitar marketplaces, such as Reverb and Vintage City Guitars, and value guides, such as the Blue Book of Guitar Values. The Blue Book guide requires the purchase of a book, CD-ROM or online subscription to access the values.Full Answer >