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Anatomy of a Classical Guitar: Guitar Parts

Parts of Classical Guitar

guitar-anatomyIf your goal is to learn to play the guitar, you must learn the name of each of its parts first. Just as doctors must know every organ of our body, the musician or guitarist must know every corner of his instrument, in your mind you need to think like you’re putting together all the parts of the instrument as if you were using a lego sets for adults or something similar.

Learn well the names and guitar parts, it will help you to keep pace in music classes where the teacher could use technical words, and if you do not know those words, you might feel a little lost during classes.

The Parts or Anatomy of a Classical Guitar

Parts of Classical Guitar
Parts of Classical Guitar


The Headstock is the head of the guitar, were you can find the tuning keys or pegs. There are six tuners that can be turned to roll the strings. The mechanics of the tuners is very simple.

The Neck

The neck: on this part of the guitar, you can find a few things:

  1. Nut: is a plastic piece that allows maintaining the distance between the strings and the separation between the neck and the strings too.
  2. Fretwire: are thin metal rods with which the musician can obtain different tones.
  3. Fret: are the spaces between the fretwires on the guitar neck. Guitarist should press the strings in these areas with his fingers.

The Body

Which consists of:

  1. Table: flat and polished guitar surface. It is the soundboard of the guitar and is firmly attached to the neck of it.
  2. Soundhole: the hole that allows amplifying the sound produced from the strings.
  3. Strings: are the protagonists of the guitar. They produce sound and can be made of various materials such as nylon, nickel and steel.
  4. The saddle: is the piece that holds firm the ropes.

Not all guitars are the same, but basically all have headstock, neck and body. The variations depend on whether they are classic, acoustic or electric. Now that you know every part of the guitar better, run to your classes and quickly learn to play this wonderful instrument.

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