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A short history of the Electric Guitar

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Ah the electric guitar. A staple in modern day music. It’s powerful and sharp sound has been adored for nearly 100 years! But some still wonder, how did the electric guitar start? This is a brief summary of the guitar itself. 

In the 1920’s and 30’s, many players began experimented with your acoustic guitars. One notably guitarist who did this was Charlie Christian who added electronics and pickups to his acoustic. 

Another was Adolph Rickenbacker, a Swiss-American inventor. He and George Beauchamp, founded Rickenbacker guitars. They originally designed a Hawaiian guitar in the 1920’s which became popular for jazz ensembles. But eventually went to solid body guitars later on. 

By the 40’s the electric guitar was still in infancy. Many realised that the guitar produce unpleasant feed back, and other noticeable flaws. So by 1949, Fender released the first solid body guitar. The fender esquire designed by Leo Fender. 

Fast forward to the 50’s. Now in the time of rock n roll and new types of music, the electric guitar was in high demand. So many types of guitars from different brands appeared. Fender releasing the telecaster and Stratocaster, Gibson releasing the Les Paul, electric guitars became more and more popular. 

By the 60’s, the electric guitar finished completion and finalised itself as a popular instrument used by many. Later on, they’re have been different types of electric. Different pickups, shapes, and different popular brands. But in the end, it’s still a electric guitar. First used in the 1930’s and still to used by millions today.

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