Let's take a quick look at some of the main types of electrics that have defined what we all see and hear in current modern music.
Solid Body Electric Guitars
Mainly originate from Gibson and Fender, two famous brands. Other companies have made their mark in the market by creating variants on Gibson's and Fender's original designs, but they are still identified through the names that the originals were given.
Main types are:
Full name: STRATOCASTER, originate from FENDER, also called Strat
St styles are normally with Tremolo bridge that used springs to let players alter the pitch of single notes and chords.
Pickups are S-S-S, ST style performs well for high keys
Smiger’s ST style Electric Guitar
Full name: TELECASTER, originate from FENDER, also called Tele
The TL style has a single cutaway, which makes it easy to identify and separate from its rock n' roll brethren.
Instead of a Tremolo bridge, the Telecaster has what we call an "ashtray" bridge. Instead of six saddles, the original ashtray bridges had three that, in conjunction with its single coil pickup and larger metal surface, created a "twangy" sound that was perfect for any country chicken picker.
Smiger’s TL style Electric Guitar TL010
“THE SUPER STRAT”
Both the Stratocaster and the Telecaster were created with modular parts in mind, so if any part was irreparably damaged, it could easily be replaced. Modern players have learned to take advantage of this feature by custom modifying these instruments.
RG Style guitar is created with this base.
ibanez rg electric guitar
These acrobatic guitarists used humbucking pickups and the more aggressive Floyd Rose style tremolo bridge to create the hard rock edge that began to be defined in the late 70's and 80's more technical playing styles. These instruments now include much higher output and even active electronic pickups, and their recessed cavities to allow the tremolo bridges to make the distinctive "dive bomb" effects that Van Halen made famous in his solo "Eruption." Other distinct features include thinner necks and larger frets with flatter fret boards that many technical players prefer for their flashier techniques.
Full name: Les Paul, originate from GIBSON
the Les Paul is a signature model for the late, great guitarist Les Paul. The impact of the Les Paul has made it one of the most recognized instruments on the planet.
Although the first Les Pauls included two P-90 pickups, they are most well known for their two PAF humbucking pickups, which separate LP style from the offerings of Fender's Telecaster and Stratocaster.
Other defining features include its 3 on a side tuners on a painted headstock, a bound neck and body with trapezoid or block inlays on rosewood or ebony, and its Tune-O-Matic bridge with the Stop Bar tailpiece. While some of these features are wonderfully cosmetic, the components such as the bridge set-up and pickup selection gave the Les Paul the massive sound and sustain for which the guitar is renowned.
originate from GIBSON
The SG stands for "Solid Guitar," but not only quite solid but famous the world over.
There are many similarities between SG style and LP style. They both include separate volume and tone knobs for each of the two humbuckers, which can be switched between or used in conjunction with the 3-Way Toggle switch. Once you get your hands on one, the differences become apparent quickly though.
Some of the different aspects of the SG include its much thinner double cutaway body that offered players easier access to the higher frets. This model is also significantly lighter than the LP.
The double cutaway body and its higher fret access made the SG become the perfect axe for the slide guitarist.
Semi-Hollow Body Guitars
Solid body and Hollow are just two of the electric guitar types.
The semi-hollow guitar is based on having a "tone block" that runs down the center of the body of the instrument. This reduces feedback issues while still maintaining the woody tone of the true hollow body instruments that are widely used in Jazz. This allowed the pickups to be mounted to a solid block, while the outer portions of the instrument are hollow, which are often adorned with "f-holes" much like instruments of the Violin family. This type of build provides the resonance and tone of fully hollow instruments, while providing a resistance to feedback that allows the guitar and amplifiers to be used at a higher volume.
While these guitars are known for their warm woody sound, they are capable of being used in almost any genre that doesn't require massive amounts of gain, which is prone to feedback.
Smiger F hole jazz semi hollow body guitar
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