The Evoluotion of the Electric Guitar

In this article I will show you the history of the Electric guitar.

1931: Rickenbacker "Frying Pan"


The frying pan was the first electric lap steel guitar ever produced, and arguably the very first electric guitar. George Beauchamp created the instrument in 1931, and it was subsequently manufactured by Rickenbacker Electro.

1935: Rickenbacker "Electro String"


Despite the popularity of arch tops, the 1935 Bakelite Model B Spanish guitar made the most history for Rickenbacker. Though not entirely solid, it achieved the desired result virtual elimination of the acoustic feedback that plagued big-box electrics of the day.

1941: Les Paul 'Log'


Paul's innovative guitar, "The Log" built after hours in the Epiphone guitar factory in 1940, a 4" x 4" chunk of pine of the first solid-body electric guitars.

1947: Bigsby-Travis Guitar


Paul Bigsby, a mechanic from Los Angeles, teamed up with countru singer and guitarist Merle Travis to design a solid body electric guitar that it as more like what we know today as electric guitar. Bigsby also developed a tromolo, also know as tremolo. The whammy alter the pitch of notes by changing the tension on the ropes when moving up and down.

1948: Fender Broadcaster


In the late 1940's, Leo Fender began working on a practical electric Spanish guitar. The design would be simple, and the guitar would be easy to manufactured and repair. It would also be convenient an uncomplicated for the working musician. The result, introduced in the fall of 1950, was the Broadcaster.

1954: Fender Stratocaster


The Stratocaster was introduced by Fender in the spring of 1954. The first month of production was aboit April, through there are some prototype examples seen with earlier dates. What follows is an inside view of a fall 1954 Strat.

1979: Van Halen 'Frankenstrat'


The Frankenstrat represente Van Halen's atempt to combune the sound of a classic Gibson guitar with the physucal a Fender. It was originally made from an ash Stratocaster body, with pick up routing that Eddie altered to fit a Gibson PAF humbucking bridge pickup.

1982: Jackson Randy Rhoads


The Jackson Randy Rhaods is a model of electric guitar, originally commissioned by guitarist Randy Rhoads and produced by Jackson Guitars.

1994: Ibanez 7 string


The first mass produced seven-strings was the Ibanez UV7 played by Steve Vai and Reb Beach. Vai was drawn to the idea for much of the same reasons seven-strings callsical and jazz players were - the extended range the addtional string offered. After initial experimentation with a high A, a low B was added as the high A proved to be too prone to breaking.

2008: Guitar Hero Controller


Guitar Hero was created from a partneship between RedOctane, then their own company that produced specialized gaming controllers, and Harmonix Music Systems, a musich video game development company who had previously produced Frequency, Amplitude and Karaoke Revolution.

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