Sunday, March 23, 2008

Task 2 : Electric Guitar

Electric guitars

Nowadays electric guitar is being popular in the world of music. But what is it exactly? Basically, electric guitar is a kind of guitar that has six string and use electrical energy. Electric guitars can have solid, semi-hollow, or hollow bodies, and produce little sound without amplification. One of the main part from electric guitar is pickup. Pickup is part of the guitar that located below right hand playing area. 'Electromagnetic pickup' convert the vibration of strings into electrical signals and send it to the amplifier through a cable. There are two main type of pickup, single and double, each of which can be passive or active. Some electric guitar models feature Piezoelectric pickups, which function for switching into acoustic sound. Other important part is fretboard. Of course, this fretboard determine how nice the sound and the melody can be produced too. With this kind of fretboard make electric guitar has a lot of techniques that we can play differently from other kind of guitar. In the growing of music industry, electric guitar has a lot of unique models. It is seven string guitar, eight string guitar, twelve string guitar, double neck guitar, etc. Electric guitar is used in jazz, blues, and rock and roll, and was commercialized by Gibson in collaboration with Les Paul, and independently by Leo Fender of Fender Music.

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