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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
Oscillations & Waves
- 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
- image/jpeg
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© 2006 C.R. Nave
electric instrument, sound wave
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