Guitar Anatomy

If you have read our What Is the Easiest Instrument to Learn? guide, then it is highly possible that you started brief research on guitars. If this is the case or you have already purchased one, then we believe that this guide will be beneficial for you too. Below, you are going to find some detailed information about the anatomy of different guitar types. We will be sharing all the parts in this section and then discuss each guitar under their headings.

Common Guitar Parts Available in All Guitars


Body – This is the core of your guitar, and it directly contacts your body.

Neck – This is the part that extends from the body, and it hosts strings and many other parts we are going to mention in the following.

Fingerboard – You place your fingers on this part while playing your instrument. It is also known as the fretboard.

Headstock – This is the additional part available on the end of the neck. It hosts tuners.

Tuners – This part allows you to change the pitch of the stings available on your guitar. In general, they are part of the headstock.

Nut – In general, this part is made of plastic or bone. This is the line in which the fretboard ends and headstock starts.

Bridge – This is the end part of strings, which is usually made of metal, and fix the strings on your instrument.

Frets – This term refers to space available between the fret wires, but it is often used to define these fret wires too.

Position Markers – These are small dots available on the fretboard to indicate different frets.

Pickguard – On acoustic guitars, this part protects the body. On electric and bass guitars, this part keeps the electronics safe.

Electric Guitar Anatomy


We have already shared a detailed article about the anatomy of electric guitars. You can read more at our Electric Guitar Anatomy article. Although guitar may be one of the easiest instruments to learn, it is important to fully understand its anatomy. Here are electric guitar-specific parts.

Pickups – This is located under the strings and on the body of your guitar. They are the important parts that pick up the sound.

Pickup Selector – This part allows you to switch between different pickups if there is more than one on your guitar.

Output Jack Socket – As the name suggests, you need to plug your jack in here to receive sound from your guitar.

Volume Knobs – These knobs adjust the electric signal of your guitar and help you to change the sound.

Tone Knobs – Just like volume knobs, these parts allow you to change the tone of the sound.

Whammy Bar – This part comes out of the bridge and is not recommended for beginners. If you do not know what you are doing, it can easily tune out your guitar.

String Tree – This is available in some guitars and prevents the strings to get loose or jump out of the nut.

Floating Tremolo – This is closely related to the whammy bar and not recommended for beginners. Otherwise, you can tune out your guitar quickly.

Acoustic Guitar Anatomy


Acoustic guitars also have some specific parts, and we are going to discuss these under this heading. Let’s start checking them out.

Sound Hole – This part is the most important section which allows you to receive sound from acoustic guitars.

Rose – This is the name of the decoration that is used around the sound hole.

String Peg – This part is usually made of plastic and helps you to keep your strings on the bridge part.

Scratch Plate – In general, this part holds the pickups and protects your guitar from the pick.

Saddle – The strings on your guitar will sit on this part. It is generally made of plastic or bone.

Cutaway – This is not available on all acoustic guitars. However, if you have one, you can easily access the upper frets from here. Not recommended for beginners.

Bass Guitar Anatomy

If you are looking for a beginner-level instrument to learn, then bass guitar can be the best solution for you. Unlike other guitar types, it includes four strings, which makes the learning process easier. We are not going to provide any bass guitar parts here because they are exactly the same as the electric guitar anatomy.


These are all the parts that you need to learn about the anatomy of your guitar. It is important to be aware of these parts and their functions to speed up your learning process. If you believe that these are too complex for you to learn, then you can check our Top 20 Easiest Instruments to Learn for a new instrument.