By Paul Kleff

The electric guitar is the sound of rock, metal, blues, pop, jazz, and country music.  The two main types of electric guitars are solid body and hollow body guitars.  Solid body guitars are made out of a shaped block of wood. Hollow body electric guitars are hollow on the inside and are in some ways similar to acoustic guitars.

Examples of solid body guitars are a Gibson Les Paul or a Fender Stratocaster. A Gibson ES 335 is an example of a hollow body guitar.

All types of electric guitars use pick ups, which are magnets with metal windings around them in order to pick up the vibration of the metal strings and turn them into a current which is sent to amplifier and comes out of a speaker so that you can hear the sound.

Electric guitars can be used to make many different types of guitar tones. Some types of music use a clean guitar sound, while others such as rock and heavy metal use a distorted guitar sound. These different types of guitar sounds are created by using different types of settings on a guitar amplifier or by using effects pedals to shape the sound and tone of the guitar.

You will want to buy a quality guitar from the very start. Trying to learn to play using a cheap, poorly built guitar will make it difficult for you to learn to play. Think of purchasing a guitar as an investment rather than an expense. If you are serious about learning to play the guitar, you will want to purchase equipment that will make it easier for you to learn to play. The guitar is not an easy instrument when you are beginner, it can be very frustrating.  A good guitar will make learning much easier and more fun.

Picks and Strings

There are many factors and choices to consider when deciding what guitar strings to use.  Selecting guitar strings and the best guitar picks for your style can be overwhelming—the options are many.  So, what are the best guitar strings to use?  The answer, as with most questions relating to the guitar is:  It depends on the player, the type of guitar and the results you want to have.

There are many different sizes, shapes and thicknesses of guitar picks to choose from. For the beginning guitar player, it is best to start with a standard shaped medium or thin pick.

The reason you want to start out using a thin or medium guitar pick, is that most beginning guitar players have a tendency to grip the pick too tightly. If you use a thick guitar pick, it will make it much more difficult for you to pick the strings smoothly.  A thin guitar pick will help you compensate for this.

As you advance in your guitar playing, you may wish to switch to a different type of guitar pick––and that is okay. For now, you will get the best results by using a thin guitar pick.

The formula for deciding what guitar strings to use on the electric guitar is similar to the acoustic guitar.  Initially, light gauge strings are good to use with the electric guitar.  Light gauge electric strings are normally .010 through .046 high E to low E string.  Don’t be too concerned about the brand for now.  Just start out with light gauge strings for now.

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