There is no hiding the fact that the guitar is the most well known instrument, as well as the most sought out instrument to learn how to play. When picking the guitar that you want to purchase, you need to know the guitar that will give you the sound you are searching for, or contribute to it at least. There are several different guitar body styles, and they each create a different tone. The guitar bodies and shapes we will discuss were created by Fender and Gibson. The different guitar bodies consist of some configuration between single coil and humbucking pickups. Here are the different guitar bodies and shapes:
Fender Stratocaster Guitar Bodies
History of the Stratocaster
The Fender Stratocaster or "Strat" as it is sometimes called was created in 1954 by Leo Fender, Bill Carson, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares. The Fender Stratocaster is the most recognized of guitar body styles. The Fender Stratocaster has 3 single coil pickups, and usually has a Tremelo bridge.
Most Famous Fender Stratocaster Players
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Buddy Holly
Best Genres for Fender Stratocaster
It is used in many different genres, but it fits most perfectly in the blues genre. The Fender Strat has great clean tones and lower amounts of gain.
Fender Telecaster Guitar Bodies
History of the Telecaster
The Fender Telecaster, sometimes called a "Tele", was released in 1950 by Leo Fender. Before being called the Telecaster, it was called the Broadcaster. The Fender Telecaster body is a single cutaway with what is called an ashtray bridge and single coil pickups.
Most Famous Fender Telecaster Players
Keith Richards, Clarence White, Merle Haggard, Jack White, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, and James Burton
Best Genres for Fender Telecaster
It is known mostly for its use in the country genre, but it will sound good with any genre that doesn't use heavy amounts of distortion.
Super Strat Guitar Bodies
History of the Super Strat
The Super Strat style became popular during the 1980's. While it can look like a Stratocaster, the pickups and bridge give the Super Strat a different tone. The Super Strat uses humbucking pickups and most commonly a Floyd Rose style bridge.
Most Famous Super Strat Players
Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai
Best Genres for Super Strat
This guitar body style is best used in a genre with heavy amounts of distortion. Therefore, the super strat works great for hard rock and metal.
Gibson Les Paul Guitar Bodies
History of the Les Paul Guitar
The exact year that the Les Paul was invented is a little difficult to determine as it was a work in progress with many hands in the designing of it. One person, of course being Les Paul. It was, however, debuted in 1952. The original Les Paul featured two P-90 pickups, and in modern day is known to have two PAF Humbucking pickups.
Most Famous Les Paul Players
Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Joe Walsh, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Randy Rhoads, and Zakk Wylde
Best Genres For Les Paul
It is great for any use with distortion. In other words, it can be a great guitar for most genres. Known mostly in rock music, and not recommended for most country (consider the distortion aspect).
Gibson SG Guitar Bodies
History of Gibson SG
The Gibson SG was released in 1961. At that time, it was called "Gisbon Les Paul SG." The SG Standard is Gibson's best selling guitar of all time. In case you were wondering, SG is short for "solid guitar." The Gibson SG has a double cutaway and consists of two humbucking pickups.
Most Famous Gibson SG Players
Angus Young, Tony Iommi, Frank Zappa, and Derek Trucks
Best Genres For Gibson SG
Similar to a Les Paul. It is great for genres that use distortion. Mostly used in rock music, and not suited for most country.
Gibson Flying V Guitar Bodies
History of the Flying V
The Gibson Flying V guitar was released in 1958. The Flying V typically has two humbucking pickups.
Most Famous Flying V Players
Albert King, Lonnie Mack, and K.K. Downing
Best Genres For Flying V
Similar to Les Pauls and SGs, the Flying V is great for genres with distortion. Mostly known in hard rock and metal genres.
Offset (Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Mustang) Guitar Bodies
The offset guitar body style includes the Jaguar, Jazzmaster, and Mustang styles. This style has a very bright sound, which makes them great for effects. Also good as a rhythm instrument. Good to note that these are typically affordable guitars too!
Most Famous Offset Players
Kurt Cobain, Johnny Marr, and Thurston Moore
Best Genres for Offset Guitars
Due to being good with effects, they can be used with a lot of different genres as long as they are effect heavy. Mostly in alternative styles.
Gibson Explorer Guitar Bodies
History of Gibson Explorer
The Gibson Explorer was introduced in 1958 for a futuristic design. The Explorer guitar has 2 humbucking pickups.
Most Famous Gibson Explorer Players
James Hetfield and Matt Heafy
Best Genres for Gibson Explorer
Because of the two humbucking pickups, the Explorer is best suited for genres with distortion similar to the Flying V and Les Paul. Best suited for hard rock and metal.
Gibson Firebird Guitar Bodies
History of Gibson Firebird
The Gibson Firebird was released in 1963. It looks similar to the explorer body, but it has softer points. The Firebird can have one, two, or three humbucking pickups.
Most Famous Gibson Firebird Players
Mick Taylor, Johnny Winter, and Allen Collins
Best Genres for Gibson Firebird
Similar to the Gibson Explorer, the Firebird is great for genres with distortion due to its humbucking pickups. Best suited for rock music.
Semi-Hollow and Hollow Body
About Semi-Hollow and Hollow Body
While we lumped these guitars together, they are very different, but yet have a similar goal. The semi-hollow body guitar has a solid center block inside of the guitar while a hollow body does not.
Most Famous Semi-Hollow and Hollow Players
BB King, John Lennon, and Dan Auerbach
Best Genres for Semi-Hollow and Hollow
These guitars are great for lower amounts of distortion such as jazz and clean blues. However, musicians like Dan Auerbach uses it with his fuzz sound purposely working with the feedback from the instrument.
In conclusion, you can see that there are several different types of electric guitar bodies and shapes available, and they all alter the sound that is produced in a different way. Knowing the different guitar bodies and shapes can help you purchase the guitar that is right for you. Even the cheaper guitars still aren't cheap, so make sure you get the right guitar for you! If you have any questions, never hesitate to contact us through our contact us page found here.