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                                           A Look At The History Of The Electric Guitar
                                                                   By Gray Rollins



    Electric Guitars

The Electric guitar hasn’t been around nearly as long as the Acoustic and Classical guitars. In fact, the
Electric guitar was created just 70 years ago (the 1930s) by Adolph Rickenbacker. Since that time, the
Electric guitar has greatly evolved to the where it is today. In this article, we’ll go over the history of the
Electric guitar.

The History

Guitars, or similar instruments, have been around for thousands of years. The Electric guitar was first
manufactured in the 1930s by Rickenbacker. Original Electric guitars used tungsten pickups. Pickups
basically convert the vibration of the strings into electrical current, which is then fed into the amplifier to
produce the sound.

The very earliest Electric guitars featured smaller soundholes in the body. These guitars are known as
semi-hollow body Electric guitars and still are somewhat popular today, mainly due to the fact that they
are flexible guitars.

However, with the use of pickups, it was possible to create guitars without soundholes (like the
Acoustic and Classical guitars have) that still had the ability to be heard, if plugged into amplifiers.
These guitars are called solid body Electric guitars.

The Electric guitar’s popularity began to increase during the Big Band era of the ‘30s and 40s. Due to
the loudness of the brass sections in jazz orchestras, it was necessary to have guitars that could be
heard above the sections. Electric guitars, with the ability to be plugged into amplifiers, filled this void.

The Electric guitar that is most prevalent today is the solid body Electric guitar. The solid body guitar
was created by musician and inventor Les Paul in 1941. It is a guitar made of solid wood with no
soundholes. The original solid body guitar created by Paul was very plain—it was a simple rectangular
block of wood connected to a neck with six steel strings. Les Paul’s original solid body guitar shape
has, of course, changed from the original rectangular shape to the more rounded shape Les Paul
guitars have today.

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During the 1950s, Gibson introduced Les Paul’s invention to the world. The Gibson Les Paul, as it was
and still is called, quickly became a very popular Electric guitar. It has remained the most popular
guitar for 50 years.

Around the same period of time, another inventor named Leo Fender came up with a solid body
Electric guitar of his own. In the late 1940s, Fender introduced the Fender Broadcaster Electric guitar.
The Broadcaster, which was renamed the Stratocaster, was officially introduced to the public in 1954.
The Strat, as it is now known, was a very different guitar in comparison to the Les Paul. It had a
different shape, different hardware and was significantly lighter. Fender’s Stratocaster Electric guitar is
the second most popular guitar in the world, second to only the Les Paul.

Over the years, other companies, such as Ibanez, Jackson, Paul Reed Smith, ESP and Yamaha have
all produced solid body Electric guitars of their own. However, most Electric guitars still feature the
familiar shape of a Les Paul or Strat guitar.

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                                                 Tips On Buying An Electric Guitar
                                                                 By Phil Morris



 The electric guitar is the cornerstone of an exhilarating musical experience. A good guitar will enhance
the musical experience. If you love all kinds of music then your electric guitar should be able to play all
the genres of music well. But if you want to play a specific type of music like jazz or rock, choose an
electric guitar that allows you to play only that type. If you are interested in purchasing an electric
guitar, here are some useful tips to make your purchasing easier. It will give you a good idea about the
things you should look for while buying the electric guitar.

Before purchasing the electric guitar, consider the following points:

· Decide on your budget: A good electric guitar can cost anywhere from $99 to more than $20,000.
Hence you need to fix your budget before you start visiting the shop or going online to buy the product.
Since the price range of the good electric guitar is high, once you fix your budget, it makes your task
easier.

· Choose the sound you want: One of the vital aspects of buying an electric guitar is choosing the right
sound you want. Some guitars are better capable of switching from blues to jazz to rock without
anyone noticing a change. Others are meant for one type of music, so you cannot change the sound
immediately. Before purchasing, listen to the guitar sounds of your choice. Consult a music expert to
determine the type of guitar used in the recording. He will be able to help you determine the type of
guitar that will help you achieve the same result as in the recording. Besides, you should be aware of
the type of music you want to play to help you in the selection process.

· Get the feel of the electric guitar: If the guitar doesn’t excite you when you hold it, it is not the right
choice for you. Look around in other shops both online as well as in the market before settling on the
perfect guitar for you.

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