How Old Is The Guitar? – by Mike Overly

October 28, 2016

Mike Overly Custom copyWhenever I ask a new student, how old do you think the guitar is? They just shrug their shoulders and reply, I don’t know. When I tell them, they are amazed!

How Old Is The Guitar?

There are many theories about the guitar’s beginnings. Some believe that the guitar is an extension of the ancient Greek kithara since there is a similarity between the Greek word kithara and the Spanish word for an early four-string guitar, quitarra. However, since the kithara is a square-framed stringed instrument of the lyre family, without a neck attached to a body, it’s hard to imagine how the quitarra, let alone the guitar, could have developed from it. So, could it could be that…

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