The jazz guitar, one of the mainstays of jazz music, produces the dark and rich tones that have entranced generations of jazz enthusiasts. Early jazz players used wide-bodied acoustic archtops because of...
Jazz guitars of today have many similarities to the acoustic archtops that were being used by the earlier jazz guitarists. The guitars have hollow bodies and a solid wooden top. Some are also elaborately carved.
The latter-day jazz guitarists too preferred the archtops though the development of electric guitars made it possible to produce the loud sound by using amplifiers.
However, it will be wrong to say that all jazz guitarists use archtops. There are some who prefer classical guitars. But what distinguishes their playing is the music.
In fact, the unique guitar sound associated with jazz is both a tribute to the skills of jazz guitarists as to the accessories used by them. A majority of jazz guitarists prefer to use medium to heavy gauge strings and go for neck pick ups.
One pick up that is particularly popular in jazz is the Gibson PAF. Similarly, jazz guitarists use round, thick and heavy picks instead of thin and light picks.
The credit for using guitar an integral part of jazz music goes to Eddie Lang. Other famous guitarists Martin Taylor, Tommy Crook, Jim Nichols and Duck Baker carried his jazz work forward.
The guitar companies too have played a major role in promoting jazz music. Two guitar brands that have been particularly popular with jazz guitarists are Fender and Gibson.
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