In this guide we will show you the different parts of a guitar and explain some of the variations found in different guitars. We’ll also explain how these guitars differ from each other from the different woods used to the electronics, hardware and the cosmetic aspects of the instruments. The two most recognisable and classic guitars are the Fender stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul which are both shown below.

Fender Stratocaster

Leo Fender designed the Stratocaster in 1954 and it has been used by many famous guitarists ever since. Players such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Hank Marvin, Jeff Beck, stevie Ray Vaughan are all 'Strat' players. The guitar is used in many styles of music from blues to heavy rock

Gibson Les Paul

The Les Paul was released in 1952. This guitar is as iconic as some of the famous players who use it. Jimmy Page and Slash are two of the biggest names who are synonymous with a Les Paul. Other well known players include Gary Moore, Joe Perry, and Joe Bonamassa


This next guitar is a PRS. This particular guitar is a custom 24 and was one of the first models Paul reed Smith made back when he founded the company in 1985. Since then PRS have become a very well known and respected name. They are high quality guitars which have become as well known for their appearance as for their brilliant playability. We'll use this guitar to show you the parts that make up a guitar.