Weeks Music Store
1644 S. Ash St.
Buffalo, MO 65622
(417) 345-4140



The guitar is a plucked string instrument, played either with fingers or a pick.
The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally six in number but sometimes more, are attached.
Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut
or, more recently, with either nylon or steel strings. Some modern guitars are made of polycarbonate materials.
Guitars are made and repaired by luthiers. There are two primary families of guitars: acoustic and electric.

Acoustic guitars (and similar instruments) with hollow bodies, have been in use for over a thousand years.
There are three main types of modern acoustic guitar: the classical guitar (nylon-string guitar),
the steel-string acoustic guitar, and the archtop guitar.
The tone of an acoustic guitar is produced by the vibration of the strings, which is amplified by the body of the guitar,
which acts as a resonating chamber. The classical guitar is often played as a solo instrument using a comprehensive fingerpicking technique.

Acoustic Guitars


Electric guitars, introduced in the 1930s, rely on an amplifier that can electronically manipulate tone.
Early amplified guitars employed a hollow body, but a solid body was found more suitable.
Electric guitars have had a continuing profound influence on popular culture.
Guitars are recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as blues, bluegrass,
country, flamenco, jazz, jota, mariachi, reggae, rock, soul, and many forms of pop.

Electric Guitars


The bass guitar is similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, but with a longer neck and scale length,
and four, five, or six strings.
The four string bass—by far the most common—is usually tuned the same as the double bass,
which correspond to pitches one octave lower than the four lower strings of a guitar (E, A, D, and G).
The bass guitar is a transposing instrument, as it is notated in bass clef an octave higher than it sounds
(as is the double bass) to avoid excessive ledger lines.
Like the electric guitar, the electric bass guitar is plugged into an amplifier and speaker for live performances.

Bass Guitars


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