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Electric Guitar Facts

20 Interesting Facts About The Electric Guitar

Guitars are the second most played instrument on Earth, being accessible and genre-encompassing. The Electric Guitar dominated the core of popular genres in the 20th century, evolving from its acoustic origins to a plethora of colours, shapes and sounds. In its early days, Blues artists like Muddy Waters and Jazz players such as Wes Montgomery piloted a growing enthusiasm for the instrument. The electric guitar continued to grow in popularity during the Rock’ n Roll years and developed from a semi-acoustic structure into solid bodies feeding louder amps of the 1960-70s.  

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!    

6. The Big Three

There are numerous types of electric guitars. Solid-body guitars such as Fender Stratocaster, semi-hollow such as Epiphone Riviera Custom P93, and hollow guitars like the Gretsch G2420 Streamliner. Each type has its positive and negative characteristics.

7. Where to begin

It’s possible to go bankrupt when buying your dream guitar. Don’t let the pretentiousness of classic guitar ownership prevent your access to great tones. Take the Yamaha Pacifica PAC012 or the Epiphone Les Paul Special-II as cheap choices with great tone.