Guitar timeline

Timeline created by jnavaratnam
In Music
  • Nov 14, 1200


    "an archaic musical instrument of which the exact form is uncertain. It is generally shown as a four-string instrument, with a body generally referred to as "holly-leaf" shaped." (wikipedia)
  • Nov 15, 1200


    Source "kthara had a deep, wooden sounding box composed of two resonating tables, either flat or slightly arched, connected by ribs or sides of equal width. At the top, its strings were knotted around the crossbar or yoke (zugon) or to rings threaded over the bar, or wound around pegs. The other end of the strings was secured to a tail-piece after passing over a flat bridge, or the tail-piece and bridge were combined" (Wikipedia)
  • Nov 15, 1300


    "The gittern was a relatively small, quill-plucked, gut strung instrument that originated around the 13th century and came to Europe via Moorish Spain. It was also called the quinterne in Germany, the guitarra in Spain, and the chitarra in Italy" (Wikipedia)
  • Nov 15, 1500

    The Veena

    The Veena
    Source" a large plucked string instrument used in Hindustani classical music. It is an ancient instrument rarely played today. The rudra veena declined in popularity in part due to the introduction of the surbahar in the early 19th century which allowed sitarists to more easily present the alap sections of slow dhrupad-style ragas."
  • Nov 15, 1500


    "a name given to two different guitar-like string instruments: one from 15th and 16th century Spain, usually with 12 paired strings, and the other, the Mexican vihuela, from 19th century Mexico with five strings and typically played in Mariachi bands" (wikipedia)
  • Nov 15, 1500

    The Lute

    The Lute
    Source "Lutes are made almost entirely of wood. The soundboard is a teardrop-shaped thin flat plate of resonant wood (typically spruce). In all lutes the soundboard has a single (sometimes triple) decorated sound hole under the strings called the rose." (wikipedia)
  • Baroque Guitar

    Baroque Guitar
    source " a guitar from the baroque era (c. 1600–1750), an ancestor of the modern classical guitar. The term is also used for modern instruments made in the same style. The instrument was smaller than a modern guitar, of lighter construction, and had gut strings. The frets were also usually made of gut, and tied around the neck. A typical instrument had five courses, each consisting of two separate strings although the first (highest sounding) course was often a single string, giving it a total of nine
  • Six String Classical Guitar

    Six String Classical Guitar
    " a 6-stringed plucked string instrument from the family of instruments called chordophones. The classical guitar is well known for its comprehensive right hand technique, which allows the soloist to perform complex melodic and polyphonic material, in much the same manner as the piano." (Wikipedia)
  • The Acoustic Guitar

    The Acoustic Guitar
    Source "a guitar that uses only an acoustic sound board. The air in this cavity resonates with the vibrational modes of the string and at low frequencies, which depend on the size of the box, the chamber acts like a Helmholtz resonator, increasing or decreasing the volume of the sound again depending on whether the air in the box is moving in phase or out of phase with the strings." (wikipedia)
  • Gibson

    "Gibson has been one of the companies that have revolutionized the development of the acoustic and the electric guitar, and along the way have built one of the world's most iconic guitars, the Gibson Les Paul. Many of their instruments continue to increase in value, and some Gibsons are among the most collectible guitars."(wikipedia)
  • Electric Guitar

    Electric Guitar
    " a guitar that uses the principle of direct electromagnetic induction to convert vibrations of its metal strings into electric audio signals. The signal generated by an electric guitar is too weak to drive a loudspeaker, so it is amplified before sending it to a loudspeaker."(wikipedia).
  • Fender

    Source "a manufacturer of stringed instruments and amplifiers, such as solid-body electric guitars, including the Stratocaster and the Telecaster" (wikipedia)
  • Gibson Les Paul

    Gibson Les Paul
    " a solid body electric guitar that was first sold in 1952.[1] The Les Paul was designed by Ted McCarty in collaboration with popular guitarist Les Paul, whom Gibson enlisted to endorse the new model. It is one of the most well-known electric guitar types in the world, along with the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaste"
  • Fender Stratocraster

    Fender Stratocraster
    " often referred to as "Strat", is a model of electric guitar designed by Leo Fender, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares in 1954, and manufactured continuously by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation to the present. It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top horn for balance while standing."(wikipedia).
  • Robot Guitar

    Robot Guitar
    Source "(a.k.a GOR) typically refers to a sub-class of Les Paul style guitars from Gibson.This is because the first run of limited edition Robot Guitars was exclusively made up of Les Paul bodies. Currently, there are five different Gibson models available with Robot Guitar features: The Robot Les Paul Studio, Robot SG, Robot Flying V, Robot Explorer, and a Robot Les Paul Junior. Developed by Chris Adams, its most notable feature is that it uses an onboard computer to automatically tune." (wikipedia)