Information on Jazz Guitars

Jazz music has come a long way since its humble beginnings. The most influential instrument on the evolution of music through the twentieth century has been the guitar. The term Jazz guitar may refer to a particular type of guitar or it may refer to style of playing associated with jazz music. In this article we will find out more about jazz guitars.
Originally jazz music was played with the help of acoustic guitars and even today some jazz musicians still use the traditional acoustic guitars. Jazz musicians felt the need to increase the volume of their sound and started to look for ways to amplify their sound. Out of this need and exploration was born the electric guitar. Ever since its inception the electric guitar has had a tremendous impact on music. Today even full bodied electric guitars are used to play jazz music.
The main type of jazz guitars is the archtop guitar. These guitars have a big sound box and are hollow. Instead of the conventional round hole these hollow guitars have ‘F’ holes, similar to the ones found on a violin. They have a floating bridge and have steel-strings. Gibson, Epipphone, Stromberg and D’Angelico were the earliest Jazz guitar makers.
Jazz music can be played on any type of guitar. Spontaneity is the defining characteristic of jazz music. Full bodied electric guitars, electrically amplified electric guitars, acoustic guitars and archtop guitars are all jazz guitars. The archtop guitar with f holes is the traditional Jazz guitar and was designed specifically to play jazz music. Jazz guitarists pay less attention to rhythm and are more focused on harmony. Jazz musicians create their own melodies and their distinctive style of playing is also sometimes referred to as Jazz guitar. The simple fact is that there is no specific guitar that creates this type of music. So a Jazz guitar may be an instrument and or it may be the wonderful sounds that a musician creates with a guitar.