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Step-by-Step: How to Draw a Guitar

Maryam is an experienced artist who enjoys using her knowledge of drawing to help others.


Somewhere deep inside them, everyone has the potential for drawing and creativity. It is a great feeling to draw something with your own hands and have your work admired by others.

I hope to help kids and adults draw their favorite things step by step! Mostly everyone loves musical instruments, especially guitars. In this article, I will give a brief history of guitars, then show you how to draw one step-by-step.

What Is a Guitar?

A guitar is a stringed instrument usually played by plucking or strumming. It is classified as a fretted, string instrument. It can have four to eighteen strings, but most often it has six. To play a guitar, it is plucked by a musician's fingers, thumbs or fingernails, while the other hand presses the frets to alter the sound. Traditionally, this instrument is constructed from wood. The strings are usually made from animal sinews, nylon or steel strings.

History of the Guitar

The history of the guitar can be traced back over approximately 4,000 years. Before electric guitars and synthetic materials were developed, guitars were described as instruments with a long, fretted neck, a flat wooden soundboard, ribs, and a flat back, most often with inward-curving sides.

The guitar is thought to have been invented in Malaga, Spain. The earliest form of this instrument was called the "four course," because they had four strings and were very small in size. It is also said that the guitar evolved from the lute, or even from the ancient Greek kithara. Antonio Stradivari, a violin maker, is credited as the father of guitars.

Antonio Stradivari

Antonio Stradivari

Let's Start Drawing!

After sharing some useful, important and interesting information about guitars, I think it's time we begin drawing.

Materials Needed

  • Lead pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Colored pencils, or some other type of coloring instrument
  • Markers, if you want to add detail

Step 1

First, draw two overlapping circles. Make sure one circle is slightly smaller than the other. This will be the body of the guitar.


Step 2

Draw a long line through the middle of the circles. Then, draw the sound hole as two concentric circles around the intersection of the straight line and the larger circle.


Step 3

Add three perpendicular lines along the straight line: one in the middle of the big circle, and the others close to the top and bottom of the body of the guitar.


Step 4

Next we will draw the basic shape of the guitar neck and head. Draw a long, narrow rectangle for the neck, and a shorter, slightly wider rectangle for the head.


Step 5

We will start shaping the guitar body now. Draw a line cutting through the upper circle above the sound hole, and two lines close to the sides of the large circle.


Step 6

Draw two straight lines close to the top of the guitar body.


Step 7

Erase the circle lines outside of the short lines we made in the previous two steps.


Step 8

Next, draw slightly curving lines where you just erased the circle lines. These new lines should be "flatter" than the old ones. Also, draw small circles for the tuning posts on the head, and a small rectangle for the bridge.


Step 9

Erase the extra lines inside. The guitar outline is now ready.


Step 10

Let's add some detail. Add a small rectangle that ends in small ovals for tuning pegs. Also, make six tiny circles for the bridge pins.


Step 11

Draw six guitar strings from the bridge pins to the tuning posts.


Step 12

Finally, add the frets, pick guard, and round off the top of the head of the guitar. Your drawing is ready for coloring.


Step 13

Color your guitar.


© 2018 Maryam Rehman


Maryam Rehman (author) from Pakistan on June 22, 2020:

Thank you, everyone.

Adams on June 14, 2020:

Thank you! This is so easy and fun to do, and it looks really cool on birthday cards.

Amanda on May 01, 2020:

I love this i tried to draw a guitar for days and it didnt look good but now that i found this app i drew it so well!!!

desteny mccallops on March 13, 2020:

so easy

angel on December 04, 2019:

I like to draw this

Maryam Rehman (author) from Pakistan on January 25, 2018:

Your welcome :)

Kenna McHugh from Northern California on January 25, 2018:

This is cool. I can draw a guitar now. Thank you.

Taimoorshah279 on January 22, 2018:

Welcome I’m looking for more

Maryam Rehman (author) from Pakistan on January 20, 2018:

Great to have you learn to draw ! Thank you

Taimoorshah279 on January 19, 2018:

It was so easy.Drawing is very tough for me and i also don't like it,but made it easy for me it was quite simple to draw a guitar but if u look to it's shape u would think a thousand time that how can i draw it how will i draw its base etc etc

Maryam Rehman (author) from Pakistan on January 14, 2018:

Thank you :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 12, 2018:

You make this look very easy!