Electric guitars or jazz guitars are those that are designed to play this musical style, which is characterized by its harmonic complexity, its syncopated rhythm and its improvisation. These are guitars that have a hollow or semi-hollow body, which gives them greater resonance and warmth. They also often have humbucker pickups, which give them a smoother, cleaner sound. Electric guitars or jazz guitars are ideal for playing with a clean or slightly overdriven tone, and can be used for accompaniment as well as solo.
At Stringsfield Guitars you can find a wide variety of electric guitars and jazz guitars from brands such as D'Angelico, Gibson, Ibanez or Godin, among others. In addition, we offer you the best purchase conditions: free shipping from €99, 14-day money-back guarantee, 2-step financing and personalized attention. All our guitars are checked by our guitar tech and shipped with the setting chosen by the customer.
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What origin does the electric guitar jazz guitar have?
The electric guitar jazz guitar has its origins in the 1930s, when jazz musicians began using acoustic guitars with electric pickups to amplify their sound and be able to compete with the volume of orchestras. This is how the first archtop guitars were born, which had a hollow body with an arched top and an F-shaped hole. Some famous models were the Gibson L-5 or the Epiphone Emperor. Later, in the 50s and 60s, the first semi-hollow guitars appeared, which had a solid center block and hollow chambers on the sides. These guitars reduced the tendency to feedback and allowed more distortion to be used. Some famous models were the Gibson ES-335 or the Epiphone Casino.
What characteristics does an electric guitar have jazz guitar?
An electric guitar jazz guitar has some characteristics that make it suitable for playing this musical style. Some of them are:
- The body: it is usually hollow or semi-hollow, which gives a greater resonance and warmth to the sound. It also usually has an arched shape and either one F-shaped hole or two C-shaped holes.
- The neck: It is usually wider and thicker than other guitars, which makes it easier to play complex chords and chromatic scales.
- Pickups: They are usually humbuckers, which have a softer and cleaner sound than single coils. They also usually have a three-position selector switch and two independent volume and tone potentiometers for each pickup.
- The bridge: it is usually fixed or floating, which allows you to adjust the height and intonation of the strings. Some models also have a vibrato or Bigsby lever.