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History of Guitars Timeline

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    Bowl Harps 2000 BCE

    Bowl Harps 2000 BCE
    This is the earliest guitar formed ever. It doesnt resemble a modern guitar because it is pretty much prehistoric. Our ancestors used tortoiuse shells and a bent stick for a neck. They called this the "bowl harp". I choose this because it is awesome to see the first guitar ever!
  • May 16, 1501

    Four Course Guitar - 16th Century

    Four Course Guitar - 16th Century
    This guitar has 4 strings. It was created by the Renaissance period. It had become dominant in Europe. You can see some of the modern features in the guitar. But it only has 8 frets. Even a ukelele has more frets than this guitar!
  • Five Course Guitar- 17th Century

    Five Course Guitar- 17th Century
    By the 17th century they had "updated" the guitar to have six strings. And after the 6 strings they made guitars to have 12 strings. This guitar became popular mainly around Italy.
  • 19th Century

    19th Century
    By the 19th century the modern guitar began to take shape. The bodies were small and narrow-waisted. This is very interesting to see the guitar form through the different eras. For me , I didnt know that it had this much history to it.
  • 6 String Guitar

    6 String Guitar
    Here is a classical guitar that Antonio Torres created. His design improved the volume, tone, and projection of the instrument. The classical has a big body in which he altered. This is important to the history of guitars, it became the "standard" to have.
  • Steel String

    Steel String
    Steel string guitars started becoming available in 1900. These guitars offered the benefit of being louder, but the tension in the guitar needed to be fixed. A man named, Orvillle Gibson, created the hole you see in acoustic guitars to relieve tension and allowed the sound to vibrate freely.
  • Roman 200 BCE

    Roman 200 BCE
    The "Old Persians" called this the "chartar". Which simply means "four strings" 3-5 string instruments can be seen in medievil manuscripts.