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Benjamin Evans created Six String Starter in 2009 to help begining guitarist start off on the right foot.












History of the Guitar

The exact facts of when the guitar we know today was created are not known. But, historians do know that instruments similar to the guitar have existed for more than 5,000 years. In the year 1400 B.C, people played an instruments similar to the guitar that only had four strings. This instrument had curves and a shape very similar to the guitar we know today. At this time, the Romans also produced a guitar-like instrument called a cithara.


About 2,500 years later, there were now two guitars. The first was called a Moorish guitar, guitarra morisca, and the second was called a latin guitar, guitarra Latina,.The Moorish guitar had a rounded back (which some still do today), multiple sound holes, and a large fretboard like a modern day classical guitar. The latin guitar is where we begine to really see a guitar similar to guitars today. Its neck was longer and it only had one soundhole.


The lute was a popular instrument through the Renaissance, but it fell out of popularity because it had so many strings and was difficult to play.


At the begining of the 19th century, guitar makers began to use ebony and rosewood to make fretboards, they raised the neck of the guitar and put tuning pegs on the guitar head. At the end of that century, a man named Antonio Torres Jurado made major changes to the guitar by changing the strutting and making it larger, which increased the instrument's volume.


The guitar saw a huge surge in popularity in the middle of the 20th century, and it has been one of the dominant instruments in popular music ever since.