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Evolution Of The Electric Guitar

Evolution 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 sub- sequently manufactured by Rickenbacker Electro. The instrument-oficially the Rickenbacker Electro A-22-earned its nickname because its circular body and long neck make it resemble a frying pan. 1935 Rickenbacker 'Electro String' Despite the popularity of arch tops, the 1935 Bakelite Model history for Rickenbacker. Though not entirely solid (it had thick plastic walls and a detachable Spanish neck), it achieved the desired result- virtual elimination of the acoustic feedback that Spanish guitar made the most plagued big-box electrics of the day. It set the stage for all solid body guitars to follow, even though it was difficult to play sitting down on the bandstand. (A Bakelite Spanish the size most guitarists were accustomed to would have been as heavy, literally, as a sack of bowling balls.) A variation of the Bakelite Spanish invented by Doc Kauffman (who would later become Leo Fender's first partner) was the Vibrola Spanish Guitar, an 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 with strings and a pickup, was one of the first solid-body electric guitars. 1947 Bigsby-Travis Guitar Paul Bigsby, a mechanic from Los Angeles, teamed up with country singer and guitarist Merle Travis to design a solid body electric guitar that it was more like what we know today as electric guitar. Bigsby also devel- oped a tremolo, also known as tremolo (incorrectly). The whammy alter the pitch of notes by changing the tension on the ropes when moving up and down. 1948 Fender Broadcaster ilssug 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 manufacture and repair. It would also be convenient and uncomplicated for the working musician. The result, introduced in the fall of 1950, was the Broadcaster. CEEEEED 1952 Gibson Les Paul Les Paul took his ideas to Gibson. They turned him down calling the guitar "the broomstick". In 1950 though, Gibson came back to him and signed him and his design. 1954 Fender Stratocaster The Stratocaster was introduced by Fender in the spring of 1954. The first month of production was about April, though 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 represented Van Halen's attempt to combine the sound of a classic Gibson guitar with the physical attributes of a Fender. It was originally made from an ash Stratocaster body, with pickup routing that Eddie altered to fit a Gibson PAF humbucking bridge pickup. 1982 Jackson Randy Rhoads The Jackson Randy Rhoads is a model of electric guitar, originally commis- sioned by guitarist Randy Rhoads and produced by Jackson Guitars. Rhoads' first Jackson prototype was the white, pinstriped, asymmetrical Flying V built by Grover Jackson, Tim Wilson, and Mike Shannon of Charvel Guitars. 1994 Ibanez 7 string The first mass-produced seven-string was the Ibanez UV7 played by Steve Vai and Reb Beach. Vai was drawn to the idea for much of the same reasons seven-string classical and jazz players were-the extended range the additional string offered. After initial experimen- tation 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 partnership between RedOctane, then their own company that produced specialized gaming controllers, and Harmonix Music Systems, a music video game development company who had previ- ously produced Frequency, Amplitude and Karaoke Revolution. STAVYS

Evolution Of The Electric Guitar

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How the Guitar has evolved over the last 80 odd years from the frying pan guitar to the Ibanez Uv7 string guitar


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