History Of the Guitar  
The Guitar is a stringed instrument that generally has 6 strings that can be plucked or played with a pick. A guitar is generally construced using wood. Often exotic woods are used to give the guitar a stunning physical appearence or better resonance.
Before the modern day guitar came to be, there were many variations that contained the same basic idea, a long, flat, fretted wooden neck and a wooden soundboard with ribs and a flat back. Some instruments that insprired the guitar were the Tanbur, Setar and the Sitar. (depicted right)

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The Guitar and similar hollow-body instruments (Lute) have been used for over a thousand years. The sound of a standard acoustic guitar is produced by the vibration of the strings being amplified by the hollow body, which acts as a resonating chamber.
A spanish instrument called the Vihuela was created in the 15th century and is considered to be the greatest influence in the developement of the guitar.

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