The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in modern music. It is the core instrument of genres like rock and blues and it is beloved by music aficionados and hobbyists alike. What few know, though, is that the modern guitar is a relatively recent invention. The evolution of the guitar is certainly an interesting journey, starting before written language and developing through the modern-day. A story that's as much about engineering and innovation as it is music, the tale of the guitar starts in the distant past.