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written by Carl Rod Nave
This web page contains information about the physics behind electric guitars. It includes outlines of both the production of sound by the guitar strings and the magnetic pickups that transfer the guitar string vibrations to electric signals. There are also links to more information about sound, string instruments, and electromagnetism.

This is part of the Hyperphysics Collection containing similar explanations of many areas of physics and astronomy.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Induction
Waves and Pendula
- Instruments
= Electronic Instruments
= Stringed Instruments
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Reference Material
= Article
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
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- Learners
- text/html
- image/gif
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image credit: ReignMan, Creative Commons; image source; larger image This resource was a Physics To Go feature from June 1, 2012 until June 16, 2012. View the feature here!

Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2006 C.R. Nave
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Keywords: electric instrument, sound wave
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created May 18, 2012 by Bruce Mason
Record Updated: Aug 09, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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February 12, 2008
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