“Guitar is the best form of self-expression I know. Everything else, and I’m just sort of tripping around, trying to figure my way through life.” – Slash
Leo Fender, a radio repairman, introduced a mass produced Spanish style solid body electric guitar. This guitar model was replicated by Gibson which was endorsed by Les Paul in 1952. Further inventions and iteration over the years, made away with issues like troubled with distortions, overtones, and feedback which were associated with the early electric guitars disappeared. Musicians readily accepted the new version of the electric guitar which sounded like a guitar and at the same time produced very loud music.
That is how Electric Guitar came into existence.
Guitar players constantly looked for ways to increase the sound of guitars in the early days. This quest for guitars producing louder noise intensified during the 1920s when big music band and music recording companies were all interested in inventing loud guitars.
By this time musicians and instrument makers had intensified their research to build a guitar that could produce a loud noise. At the same time, John Dopyera from National String Instrument Corporation amplified acoustic guitar by creating a steel body guitar with a resonator-amplifier built at the top. All the efforts of instrument makers paid off when George Beauchamp and Adolph Rikenbekerom created the first electric guitar in 1931. However, the sound it produced was different from an acoustic guitar and musicians found it difficult to accept.
Electric guitar’s popularity rose during the 1960s when it became the most important musical instrument in pop music. The electric guitar was a musical instrument that was capable of producing varieties of sounds and styles. It was instrumental in the advancement of pop music, rock music, electric blues, rock and roll and different other categories of music.
Today in this 21st century, electric guitar features in almost all types of music which is played around the globe and is love by men and women, young and old alike.
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