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Electric Guitar Facts

20 Interesting Facts About The Electric Guitar

Guitars rank as the second most played instrument globally, known for their accessibility and versatility across genres. The Electric Guitar became central to popular music in the 20th century, transforming from its acoustic roots into a variety of colours, shapes, and sounds. In its early stages, Blues musicians like Muddy Waters and Jazz artists such as Wes Montgomery fueled a rising interest in the instrument. The electric guitar’s popularity surged during the Rock ‘n’ Roll era, evolving from semi-acoustic forms to solid bodies that powered louder amplifiers of the 1960s and 70s.

The Electric Guitar lays claim to some of the most inspiring sounds and imagery, synonymous with Music. Few instruments are as visually iconic as the Fender Stratocaster, being an almost perfect design as well as tone-maker. Below are 20 interesting facts about Electric Guitars, exploring their history, character and fun.

Electric Guitar Facts

1. From the Past...

Electric Guitar Facts

In 1932 the Po Rat In Company created the ‘Frying Pan’ electric-lap steel guitar. It has that hilarious and charming look, formally described by its nick-name. Later produced by Rickenbacker, the guitar was designed to produce the melodies of Hawaiian music. The Frying Pan is seen as the first official venture into electric-powered, stringed instruments.

2. To the Future…

We have reached almost 100 years of Electric guitar history. As an example of the wide range and changing nature of instruments, check out Magical Instruments (MI) Guitar. This digital unit is designed to simplify the learning process. It uses the combination of metal strings for strumming and picking alongside buttons on the neck to remove the need to shape chords. It can hear the groans of traditional guitarists, who enjoy the obvious benefits of hard work. It does at least show the change possible in 100 years.

Electric Guitar Facts

3. Hail Beauchamp!

George Delmetia Beauchamp created the core component of electric guitar technology, the pick-up. In doing so, he helped create the famous guitar brand of Rickenbacker, most famously used by the Beatles.

4. In the Hands of ‘Goodman’

Electric Guitar Facts

In 1939 the Benny Goodman Sextet with guitarist Charlie Christian gave the electric guitar its place within the ‘Solo’ world of Jazz. Goodman was seen as an early influencer and gained notoriety being given a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

5. Electrics Wins Over Acoustics

One famous night in 1965, Bob Dylan managed to clearly highlight the passions of musical fans linked with the icon of a musician. Bob’s image at the time was seen by many as a political warrior, using folk music (and acoustic guitars) as the symbolic weapon. At the time there was a clear desire to challenge authority by means of what is known as the Folk Music Revival. Of course, the night in question was Dylan’s first, unannounced and live appearance to play electric guitar, at Newport Folk Festival. Consequently, Dylan received loud booing and interruptions of the show. He continued using Electric Guitars in his following two albums. Whatever the justification of musical iconography in political action, this seemed like a Dylanesque political movement in favour of electric guitars!