|Types of guitars:
“Guitar types” is one of the most serious and global questions, for which exists huge confusion all over the world. Fairly, none had tried to solve the issue and classification is completely absent here. Questions about what type of guitar - acoustic, electric, electro-acoustic or semi-acoustic” are constantly asked.
It is a difficult topic. Manufacturers of guitars name the guitars in a chaotic order and come out with their types of guitars or often use “incorrect” terms of other manufacturers.
So, let's address the two basic monumental concepts such as “body type” and “sound type” of guitars and further discuss them in detail as a lecturer acting on the brains of students.
“Body type” and “sound type” - never confuse them as you don't confuse your right hand with the left one even though they look similar.
We have three guitar bodies which we'll address below. Outwardly, they look very identical to each other and it is the reason for confusion.
Another thing is that each one of these body types is configured to certain tone type.
For example, the hollow-body is often used for acoustic tone. Therefore, the stereotype exists that if the guitar has a hollow-body, then it is necessary to call it an “acoustic guitar”.
And a solid-body, as a rule, is used for electric tones.
But again, a lot of exceptions are found around us - we live in such a world, where everything is messed-up and has become rather unusual.
I would rely on all aforesaid and suggest naming all guitars on the basis of body design and tone type.
The types of guitars are mentioned below (only the guitar types and nothing else), based on body and tone types (with examples from popular guitar models):
* Hollow Body Acoustic (Martin Drednought, Gibson Jumbo)
* Hollow Body Electric (Gretsch Brian Setzer, Ibanez George Benson)
* Holow Body Acoustic and Electric (Gibson John Lennon J-160E)
* Semi-Hollow Body Electric (Gibson ES-335, ES-175, ES-135)
* Semi-Hollow Body Acoustic and Electric (Godin Multiac Jazz)
* Solid Body Electric (Gibson Les Paul, SG, Fender Strat, Tele)
* Solid Body Acoustic (Gibson Chet Atkins)
* Solid Body Acoustic & Electric (Parker Fly, Godin LGX)