Beginner Guitar Lessons: What are the Parts of an Electric Guitar? | Guitar | Lesson | Beginner

Beginner Guitar Lessons: What are the Parts of an Electric Guitar? | Guitar | Lesson | Beginner

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In this free beginner guitar lesson, Berklee Online instructor Thaddeus Hogarth details the parts of the Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, and what their functions are. Included in this lesson are explanations about strings, frets, tuners, tone controls, pickups, the pickup selector, saddle, nut, trust rod, whammy bar, and more.

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About Thaddeus Hogarth
Born in the U.K. and raised in the West Indies, Thaddeus Hogarth is an associate professor in the Guitar department at Berklee College of Music. A two-time winner of the Independent Music Award for R&sB/Blues (2001, 2006), he has been a prominent guitar player and singer-songwriter on the New England music scene since 1990, when he graduated from Berklee. He leads his own group, the Thaddeus Hogarth Band, featuring David Buda on bass, Joey Scrima on drums, and David Sparr on keyboards. They have shared the bill or stage with such legends as Tower of Power, Average White Band, James Montgomery, Fred Wesley, and Johnny Winter, and were recently hand-picked to represent Bose nationwide for the launch of its revolutionary live music amplification technology.

His work also includes collaboration with the reggae legend and Grammy nominee, Sister Carol. Prior to this, Hogarth was the principal singer-songwriter and guitarist for Heavy Metal Horns, known for their original heavy hitting funk-rock grooves and full brass sound. The band released two CDs with international distribution—Heavy Metal Horns (Square Records) and Horns In The House (Polystar Japan/Danger), in addition to garnering awards such as Best New Band (Boston magazine, 1990) and Outstanding Club Act (Boston Music Awards, 1992). Since then, he has released four award-winning solo CDs and a live concert DVD, and is the author of “Funk/R&B Guitar: Creative Solos, Grooves, and Sounds” (Hal Leonard/Berklee Press). His music and voice can be heard worldwide in full-length and independent short feature films, commercial television, PBS, and MTV. Billboard magazine describes Hogarth’s music as “Soul Terra Firma,” and the Boston Globe calls him a “guitar virtuoso.”


  1. DMV Drone Music Videos on March 17, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    That was perfect, thank you you’re a good teacher and now I know.

  2. Unomatocato on March 17, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    thanks. very cool.

  3. ineedcigarettes on March 17, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks, this really helped me because im gonna buy an electric guitar in 2 days and im really nervous about picking the right one for me, yet again, thanks!

  4. Alex on March 17, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    I have that guitar

  5. cal on March 17, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    thanks man

  6. reo padilla on March 17, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    This would help me when i get enough money to buy a electric guitar

  7. Area of ONE on March 17, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    There is a difference between frets and fretwire

  8. Za-Rappa Reincarnated on March 17, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    I put a perfectly fitting bolt into that hole by the bridge after it began to rise, smart idea? Or not

  9. rendra nyp on March 17, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Really liked your post, great content. Thank you for sharing. If any of you want to learn guitar with full control and beautiful tones, please check:

  10. Aesthetic MIZO on March 17, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    I came to know what the two tone are for ? Well , iam quite dissapointed

  11. Calv Bread on March 17, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you!

  12. Shyam Malhotra on March 17, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Wow great no long intro no hi hello greetings straight to the topic without wasting any time

  13. Dennis L Ferguson on March 17, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Thank You Sir !

  14. TheGuardian on March 17, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    where’s the video for a person who has played acoustic for 20 years but is not very familiar with the knobs on the electric guitar…

  15. R. B. on March 17, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Nice video, awesome slow pace teaching for beginners like me. I bought my 1st 1 a month ago, and this video showed me plenty.

  16. Vasilii on March 17, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    The comments say it all. Great teacher & lesson. 👍

  17. Keyser The Red Beard on March 17, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    intense upload Berklee Online. I shattered that thumbs up on your video. Maintain up the very good work.

  18. SilverBandit721 on March 17, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you Thaddeus! 🎸

  19. Garena on March 17, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Bro. You know Danny marak? He is a going berklee music school. And Danny are went from India. West garo hills tura India

  20. Sandeep Sreehari on March 17, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Hey thanks a lot. It was a good lesson. I’m looking forward to buying an electric guitar soon. But since i’m mainly into rock music, i think I should go for a humbucker. I found out the difference in this video. Nice video overall ! Thank You.

  21. Julie Triplett on March 17, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    tell me what that stick or what its called because i want to know what is it?

  22. Necro on March 17, 2022 at 5:55 pm


  23. Sebastian Trygger on March 17, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    This is a great video! I have a guitar and I have been playing for a while and know most of what was said in the video but there were a couple small things I didn’t know which were very helpful.

  24. John Notmylastname on March 17, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    I would killed to have this much direct access to knowledge when I was learning.

  25. Kristina Quilindo on March 17, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    What are the toners used for?

  26. Lala Moton on March 17, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing 👍🏽

  27. The Rover Art on March 17, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    as soon as it started I almost heard, "hey, I’m the ladies man"

  28. Richard Dravid on March 17, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Thnk you, nice and simple explanation.

  29. Unomatocato on March 17, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    what do the markers on the fret indicate ?

  30. Diego Emanuel Ruiz Sanchez on March 17, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Interesante información

  31. Ian McCormick on March 17, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Greetings from Down Under Thad. Just wanted to say THANK YOU for taking it easy, slowly & understandably for us absolute beginners. So many guitar lessons on youtube use "assumed knowledge" and rush through most lessons!. Again thank you.

  32. Sean McGuire on March 17, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Really informational lesson 🙂

  33. no ma'am on March 17, 2022 at 6:16 pm


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