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What Are Jazz Guitars?

Jazz guitars are usually semi-hollow bodied style, which makes them a cross between an acoustic and a solid body. The semi-hollow bodied style, like the one pictured here, is preferred by many musicians because it produces a richer and mellower tone. The great blues guitarist B.B. King has popularized Gibson hollow-bodied guitars for his signature blues sound, and Gibson has designed a special B.B. King model for him, the famous “Lucille.”

The beautiful sunburst Gibson model in the photo features mother-of-pearl inlay in the frets, a nice touch which adds value to the guitar and facilitates navigating the frets. There is a nice double cutaway too. The Gibson ES-335 has long been a favorite of jazz guitarists.

What Are Jazz Guitars?

If you want to learn jazz techniques we strongly recommend taking lessons with a qualified professional because you will need to learn music theory, which is very complex can take years to master. A thorough knowledge of all the scales and keys is required, which means a lot of discipline and practice.