Have you ever wondered how your treasured guitar started out? To be honest, the guitar didn’t start out looking as it is today. The history of the guitar reaches so far until the time of Mesopotamia The very first guitar that was invented actually comes from Iraq, about the span of two millennia after which it reappears again.
Iraq was formerly known as Mesopotamia. Archaeologists were able to discover drawings of men holding instruments with strings that looked like guitars. Another stringed instrument, resembling the guitar of today, was found in a tomb after the expansion of the Roman Empire a couple thousand years later. In the time of the dark age, their version of the guitar proved to be quite popular as well. The two designs that were most widely used were of either French or of German influence. One had a rounder belly, with a stout neck for its frets and of course the sound hole.
The second one was more angular, with straight edges and all. These two designs were found in a few church ruins and tombs in England. Most people believe that these were actually influenced by the string instruments brought in by the Moors to Europe in the early 8th century. Spain, being one of the first places to be invaded by the Moors, became the heart of the development of the guitar.
The first kind of guitar that ever gained popularity was the Vihuela that initially had twelve frets. So that everyone could play it, tabs were then written to make playing easier. Like the lute, the guitar became the instrument of choice during the resistance.
If you think about it, this contributes largely to the guitar’s modern day image. In between the 17th and 18th century, the guitar became even more popular because of Louis XIV. Learning the art of guitar playing became a fad among the European elite. After that, the evolution of the guitar continued until it came to look like how it looks like today. This became so popular that it spread to America, followed of course by everyone else.
We have finally reached modern times, where everyone started to acknowledge the guitar. The guitar as an instrument of self-expression was the newest craze. People erected halls and venues where talented guitarists could play for other people, people started dancing to the music of guitars, it was soon popularized on the radio as well.
More and more people wanted to hear guitar music; more and more musicians wanted bigger and better guitars. In turn, guitar manufacturers develop what we call the electric guitars we so love today. Whatever the music genre, the guitar is always the top choice for anyone in the music industry. Whatever country or culture, a precious bond has been shared by guitars and their players throughout time.