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Electric Guitars History
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Musicians and people related with music always wanted something more than just a guitar. They always wanted a louder and more powerful instrument. In 19th century, the traditional guitar began to change in both size and shape, and hence a new design arrived with louder and stronger sound-the archtop.

By the end of 1930s, electronic amplification proved to be the most successful innovation in creating louder and stronger sound. Jazz and Country music players were the first to use this electric sound. Then 1940s and 1950s makers started building Spanish style Electric Guitars for new sound.

The idea of using more powerful electric guitar, to create louder sound, existed by the end of 19th century. But during 1920 and 1930, makers began to face the real challenge and start emphasizing on the electronic amplification.

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It was almost around 1931, George Beauchamp, with Adolph Rickenbacker produced an electromagnetic pick up, in which a current passed through a coil of wire. The wire is wrapped around the magnet. This creates a field which amplified the strings vibration. Thus the first commercially viable electric guitar was made “Frying Pan”.

By the end of 1930s many makers and musicians tried to adapt the new technology on the Spanish Style hollow body Guitars, but disappointed by their sound, and distortions. Inventors tried to use the technology on solid bodies, rather than on hollow guitars. Around 1940, inventor Les Paul, tried using the string and pickups on solid block to minimize the vibration. During this 1940 Les Paul and Leo Fender started experimenting this on Spanish Style Solid body Guitar.

During all these years the Electric Guitars feasibility were highly debated, as a “real and true” instrument Electric Guitars Pioneers of the 1930s and 1940s include jazzmen Eddie Durham and Oscar Moore, country pickers Noel Boggs and Merle Travis, and blues masters T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters, all kept on experimenting the new and harmonious sound.

While this experiment was going on, the emerge of roll and rock music, in the 1950s made the sound of electric guitar more powerful. While it was important to other genres, electric guitar was the heart of the rock and roll genre. This genre is particularly associated with the Spanish-Style solid body guitar. Around, 1940 Les Paul experimented with this design, and in 1947 Paul Bigsby teamed up with country singer Merle Travis to design a solid-body guitar that looks more the one we see today.

The success of Fender’s new style of electric Guitar has influenced many manufacturers to produce this electric guitar. Later, 1952 Gibson became the 1stbiggest competitor of this Fender, introducing the 1st solid body electric Guitar with the celebrity Les Paul.

By the 1960s electric Guitarists have became the superstars of rock. Live performances on the large halls, increased the demand of powerful electric Guitars. By then rock guitarists no longer aim to achieve the clear and perfect tone; they began experimenting on the new sound texture, like distortions.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s guitarists continued experimenting. Their new sound experiment produced loud, power chords, and flashy solos, giving birth to the Heavy Metal.

Today after so many decades, Electric Guitars are very popular and are the Electric Guitarists are loved and admired by all age groups, throughout the world.

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