History of guitars

Instruments similar to the guitar have been in existence for at least the last 5,000 years. The guitar may have been influenced by other instruments from ancient times in the regions of central Asia. Ancient carvings and statues found in Iran depict instruments that are very comparable to the guitar. Despite the long history of the guitar and guitar-like instruments, the guitar proper was not mentioned in writing until the 14th century.

Research on the history of the guitar tends to make us believe that the original guitar had been created in Spain, and had three double pairs of strings along with one single string. By the 1500’s in Spain, the guitar was the equivalent for the middle and lower classes of the upper class instrument known as the vihuela, which was very similar to the guitar, but had six double courses.

The guitar became popular in parts of Europe other than Spain in the 1500’s and 1600’s, and in the late 1600’s, a fifth pair of strings was added underneath the sets already there. The transition into the more modern time in history of the guitar began in the mid-1700’s, when double pairs of strings became single, and a sixth string was added above the five strings that were currently there, making the string set-up the way it is in today‘s guitars.. The guitar was further modernized in the 1800’s with adjustments such as broadening the body, along with replacing the wooden tuning pegs with a more modern machine head.

The history of the guitar as we know it today continued into the 1990’s. The electric guitar was created in the 1930’s, when it was designed for popular music, and was popularized in the 1940’s. The seven-string and eight-string guitars were created in the 1990’s for a deeper, darker sound.