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Guitar Anatomy

Name the various parts of a guitar from top to bottom.
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"Head" of the guitar. Contains the maker's logo.
headstock
Changes the tension of the strings. There are six.
tuners
Often made of bone. Has six grooves in which the strings rest.
nut
Electrics commonly have 22, acoustics 20. Often made of a nickel alloy.
frets
Lies atop the neck. Commonly made of maple, rosewood, or ebony.
fretboard
On an electric, this allows you to choose which pickup(s) is/are active.
pickup selector
Protects the guitar from pick scratches.
pickguard
Allows the sound to project from an acoustic. Often encircled by a rosette.
sound hole
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Made of magnets and wire, these convert string vibration into an electric signal.
pickups
On an electric, this allows for intonation adjustment. On an acoustic, this rests atop the bridge.
saddle
Exclusive to electrics, but not found on all. Allows a player to change the tension of all six strings while playing.
vibrato unit
The "top" on an acoustic guitar. Most commonly made of spruce.
soundboard
Knob that controls the output/loudness of an electric guitar.
volume
Knob that controls the amount of high-end output on an electric guitar.
tone
The entire "lower" half of a guitar. Comprised of an uppper and lower bout.
body
An instrument cable goes in this.
output jack
A strap hooks to this.
strap button
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