Guitarists know a lot about their instrumentstechniques, chords, songs etc. But what many guitarists dont know is the history of the guitar. Its understandable, because many people dont feel this helps at all in actually playing the guitar. Still, it is helpful to know everything about the instrumentincluding the history.
The history of guitar is a debatable topic, as there are no concrete facts about the guitar and when exactly it first appeared. What is known, though, is that guitars or similar instruments have been around for over 5,000 years. Entire books could be written about the history of guitar, so in this article, well just go over a timeline of how it is thought the guitar evolved.
-> 1400 B.C: The Hittites play a four-string, guitar-like instrument. This four string instrument had soft, curved sides, which were somewhat similar to the current guitar. Also around this time, the Greeks produced a similar instrument which was modified by the Romans and became known as the cithara.
-> By 1200 A.D.: There were two types of guitars. One type was known as the Moorish guitar (guitarra morisca). This guitar had a wide fingerboard, rounded back, and...