History of the Electric Guitar

The history of the Electric guitar began as the guitar, which had been out of favor for generations, began to regain popularity and electrical developments began to increase. With the advent of swing and big band music in the 20s and 30s came the demand for louder guitars. Initial ideas included using steel strings to increase the volume of acoustic guitars, but many began to wonder how electricity could be channeled into a guitar. The history of the electric guitar was initiated through many experiments and many failures.

Los Angeles musicians George Beauchamp and John Dopycra developed a guitar with aluminum disks and a metal body that was 3 to 5 times louder than a regular acoustic. Beauchamp later worked without his partner to make painstaking research on how to pass a wire through a magnetic field and somehow bring the current to a guitar. George Beauchamps experiments advanced the history of the electric guitar, and in 1925, he produced a rough model using phonograph needles, string and a 2 by 4. Beauchamp worked to further develop this model as he passed strings through magnets and wound a coil from his washing machine around it. This was the first electric guitar, called
”The Frying Pan” by Beauchamp.

Although the history of the electric guitar saw its first model in the 20s, the electric guitar did not become popular until the rock and roll era, when the guitar sound had to be loud enough to be heard over screaming fans. The history of the electric guitar reached its peak with hard rock and heavy metal musical styles, which featured the electric guitar and gave birth to the famous “guitar solo.” Great guitarists who added their names to the history of the electric guitar include Peter Townshend (who also smashed them), Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, and many others.

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