What Are Electric Guitars?

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Electric guitars are probably the most popular instrument today. They are used in all types of music: classic rock, alternative, R&B, heavy metal, hip-hop, and many jazz forms.

They are amplified by means of a cable which runs from a jack on the guitar body to an amplifier or amplification system. There are even wireless electrics which allow concert musicians to strut their stuff on stage without getting tangled up in the wires or tripping over them.

Many models have a solid body, with no sound holes, because the amplification is external. The most classic one is probably the Fender Stratocaster, or “strat,”the cool icy-blue axe pictured here.

Strats were developed in the 1950s by the Fender Corporation, along with the Fender Telecaster. The way to recognize the distinctive strat body is by the uneven-looking “horns” on the guitar. The Telecaster, shown here in natural finish, has even-looking “horns” with the cutaway on one side.

The cutaway, a curved space at the juncture of the fingerboard and neck, allows the guitarist to play the high frets easily. The Strats and Telecasters feature a cutaway so that the rock guitarist has access to rip and shred away on the high frets.

What Are Electric Guitars?

The Fender Telecaster is also a classic rocker, and comes in many models: the Nashville, which features a twang sound good for rockabilly and CW, the 60th anniversary special limited model which came out a couple of years ago, and the famous 1972 Strat classic with natural Lite Ash finish.