Or: The Steel String Guitar, For Dummies
PART 1 OF 2
by Ervin Somogyi
Although guitar-like stringed instruments have been identified in tomb paintings from as long ago as biblical Egypt, guitars themselves only emerged as instruments with their own identity in sixteenth century Europe -- and what we think of as the modern guitar didn't exist before about 1850. As its "invention" by Antonio de Torres -- who is considered to be the father of the modern guitar -- preceded both nylon and metal string-making technologies these, and earlier, guitars were all (like violins)...