Jimmy Hendrix, Eddie VanHalen, B. B. King, Angus Young, Brian
“Head” Welch, Fletcher Dragge.
What do all of these people have in
common? They are all guitar heroes in they’re own styles of music.
However, because of the different styles of music they play, each
guitarist mentioned above uses a different style of guitar. The
guitars different body styles and shape help mold the perfect sound
for the style you play. From sweet and warm, to loud and thrashing,
the guitar is one of the most versatile instruments and can be used
for any style of music.
Most styles of music (and the legends who made that style famous)
have a specific guitar that embodies each genres sound.Jimmy
Hendrix, a virtuoso of the 60′ era, played a Fender Stratocaster.
Eddie VanHalen, know for his innovative “tapping” style solos, Plays a
custom peavey guitar called a Wolfgang. B.
B. King, a blues guitar
legend, plays a signature model Gibson Hollow body. Angus young, lead
guitarist for AC/DC, plays a solid body Gibson SG. Head, one of two
guitar players for the band Korn, plays an Ibanez 7-string model.
Fletcher Dragge, a pioneer in the field of punk, plays a standard
series RG Ibanez. To those who don’t play guitar these names may be
unfamiliar, but to those who play, these guitars cover most of the
different sounds you can get out of a guitar.
One way a guitar sounds different than other models is the way it
is built. Depending on what kind of wood is used the sound can
Some examples of woods used for guitars are ash,
pine, sandalwood, rosewood, and maple. The more dense the wood is,
the longer the sustain it has (sustain is a term for how long the
sound will carry from one attack). Also, the lighter the wood, the
brighter tone it has. The wood used for the fret board is also
Usually it is made of maple or rosewood. Each of these
woods has a different feel to it (it is more of a preference for one
or the other as opposed to it being a mater of how they sound). When
a guitar is manufactured, there are three ways of attaching the
fretboard (or neck) of the guitar to the body. The first style is a
The fret board is literally bolted and glued to the
body of the guitar. This is the cheapest and quickest way to attach
the neck. Although it is the fastest and cheapest, guitars with a
bolt-on neck still get a great sound; even though you sacrifice some
sustain. The second way to attach the neck is called a set-neck
The body has a slot that is the same size as the end of the
neck. They attach the neck using only glue. This creates more
contact between the neck and the body for a long sustain and a fat,
warm tone. The third style is not even a way to connect the neck to
the body (technically, it is a way to attach the body to the neck).
It is called neck-through body style. The neck of the guitar and the
center section of the body are one piece of wood. They then glue a
“wing” to each side of the center part of the body half of the guitar,
creating a huge sustain, and an amazing tone. This last process cost
much more than the other two styles.
The body shape of a guitar is as important to the sound as is the
way it is made. If there are slight imperfections in the fretbord or
the body, it can cause problems with intonation. There are many
different body styles that all accommodate a different style of music.
A hollow body or acoustic guitar has the perfect sound for classical
or folk music.
A semi-hollow body guitar is used mostly for blues or
rockabilly. All other electric guitars sounds can be changed to fit
the style of music you wish to play. Most solid body guitars have the
same base tone. The difference in sound comes from the many kinds of
pick-ups used in the guitar,