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There are several types of guitars on the market, and each produces a different sound.

Acoustic guitars are sometimes called regular guitars. They are best known for solo performances of classical and folk music. They rely on the hollow belly of the instrument to produce a natural sound.

Electric guitars use electronic pickups to convert string vibration into electrical current. The signal is amplified or electronically altered, producing popular rock styles of music.

Archtop guitars are hollow-bodied, steel-stringed instruments with arched bellies that create the sounds distinctive to jazz or blues music.

Twelve-string guitars are acoustic or electric instruments used for rhythm or accompaniment. They create richer tones than the standard six-string guitars and are most popular in the double-neck style.

Steel-string guitars are acoustic instruments strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. Regular acoustic guitars have nylon strings.

Resonator guitars are acoustic instruments whose sound is produced by metal resonators instead of by the wooden guitar belly.

Bass guitars are either acoustic or electric instruments with larger bodies and longer necks than regular guitars. They usually play one octave lower in pitch than regular guitars.