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Electric Guitars are arguably the most influential musical instrument of modern times, shaping music more than any other. Throughout the world, electric guitars have become a cultural icon and are recognised as a symbol of expression.

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Electric guitars have two main parts - the strings and the pickups, which work together to produce sound. Guitar pickups turn vibrations from the strings into electronic signals, which are then transmitted through a guitar amplifier as notes.

While all electric guitars work in this same way, sound quality and tone can vary wildly depending on the shape of the guitar, its basic construction and what guitar pickups are actually used.

What determines how electric guitars sound?

Hollowbody electric guitars, for example, are known to produce a much rounder tone, making them a preferred instrument among jazz guitar players. These include the Gibson Dot electric guitar series. Solidbody electric guitars on the other hand lack the natural warmth of the hollowbody, but because they do not have the same acoustic features they offer much greater diversity and can be used to create almost any type of electric guitar sound.

Single-coil, humbucker and piezo are the most common types of pickup found on electric guitars, with the former typically used to produce rich, bright electric guitar sounds.

Humbuckers, which consist of two guitar pickups, offer a tone that is more rounded and smooth than their single-coil cousin, but are not as clean when it comes to high notes.

Meanwhile, piezos - which are non-magnetic and generate weaker signals than other guitar pickups - are regularly used to recreate the sound of acoustic guitars.

If you're just starting out with the electric guitar, it's important to get advice from a reputable Guitar Shop such as Gear4music.com, who will be able to tell you best which guitar will suit your needs most closely.

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