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"Give him his guitar, and he'd be happy all the time.
And all the girls from nine to ninety,
Were snapping fingers, tapping toes, and begging him: 'Don't stop.'
And hypnotized and fascinated,
By the little dark-haired boy who played the Tennessee flat-top box."
- "Tennessee Flat-Top Box," song by Johnny Cash
The acoustic guitar has been an instrumental favorite since the 1500s. It descended from similar stringed instruments that had only four strings. Acoustic guitars are made of wood and have strings of gut, metal, or nylon. You can see images of guitars in many medieval paintings.
In the 1930s, the electric guitar was introduced. Despite the versatility of this new instrument, acoustic guitars are still essential to aspiring musicians, country music, and other genres. As such, imagery of guitars may call to mind rock, country, folk, classical, or heavy metal artists.
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Ready to jam? Learning to draw a cartoon guitar isn't as hard as learning to play one. It's easy with the help of this step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial. What instruments will you need? Only a pencil, an eraser, and plenty of paper.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Guitar
1. Begin by drawing two circles, one larger than the other. The circles should overlap. These shapes help you outline the body of the guitar.
2. Draw a straight guide line down the center of the guitar. Where the line overlaps the larger circle, draw two circles, one within the other. This is the guitar's sound hole.
3. Draw more guide lines across the body of the guitar. These should meet the previous straight line at a perpendicular angle. Draw one at the top of the small circle, the second in the middle of the large circle, and the third at the bottom of the large circle.
4. Begin to outline the neck of the guitar. Draw a long, narrow rectangle extending from the small circle. It should start inside the sound hole and run parallel to the original guide line. Above the neck, draw another rectangle, shorter and wider than the first. This outlines the head stock.
5. Draw more guide lines across the guitar's body. Draw the first within the small circle, halfway between the existing guide line and the sound hole. It should be perpendicular to the original guide line. In the large circle, draw straight lines from the central guide line to the points where the large and small circles overlap.
6. Within the small circle, draw straight lines from the central guide line to the points where the circle and the guitar neck meet.
7. Erase the outer edges of the circles, leaving the refined shape of the guitar.
8. Round out the straight guide lines by drawing curved lines across them. Connect the headstock and the neck using short lines. Draw six small circles on the head stock. These connect the strings and the tuning keys. Below the central guide line of the large circle, draw a narrow rectangle. This indicates the bridge, to which the strings are attached.
9. Erase all guide lines, leaving a clean outline of the acoustic guitar.
10. Draw six small squares, three on each side of the head stock. Draw a small oval at the end of each. These are the tuning keys. Then, draw six small circles on the rectangular bridge.
11. Draw six straight lines from the circles of the bridge to the base of the head stock. Then, draw a line from each string to the small circles on the stock.
12. Draw a curved line to round the top of the head stock. Draw straight lines across the neck to form the frets. Outline a partial teardrop shape around the sound hole and the strings to form the pickguard.
Color your cartoon acoustic guitar. Traditionally, acoustics are orange-yellow in color with brown and red accents.
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