Category: Musings

History of Guitars

Posted 01 Jun 2008 in Electric Guitar, Musings

This article on the story of stringed instruments and guitars prompted me to do some reading on wikipedia regarding the origin of guitars.  If you’ve ever wondered whether your six-stringed instrument descended directly as a gift from the gods themselves, back when man was rubbing two sticks together to produce fire, then prepare for some education. Some interesting tidbits: The word guitar probably comes from Spanish guitarra, derived from the Latin wordcithara, which in turn was derived from the earlier Greek word kithara, which perhaps derives from Persian sihtar…