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Who Made the First Electric Guitar?

Jun 5, 2008
William Christopher Handy once said that "guitar playing is a release, liberation, put simply it is freedom."

When the first electric guitar was made in the 1930s, critics hated it. Its sound was too different and way before its time. It took sometime for people to warm to the unique sound and once it began to be played more and more it was realized that it was more versatile than the original guitar.

The rise of the electric guitar coincided with the increase in jazz orchestras. It was originally produced and designed by a collection of electronic aficionados, instrument producers and guitar manufacturers.

The first electric guitar was designed by Les Paul, who experimented with microphones attached to guitars. The very first time that such a guitar was played in public was in Wichita, Kansas by Gage Brewer.

Brewer received two of the instruments straight from George Beauchamp of Los Angeles, California and made them known in an article published in the Wichita Beacon, October 2, 1932. Later that month, he played them at a Halloween performance. But of course, mere usage isn't enough its beauty must be recorded to endure the test of time.

Eddie Durham is often credited with recording the very first use of the electric guitar. But 15 days earlier, George Barnes recorded Sweetheart Land and It's Low-Down Dirty Shame using an electric guitar.

In 1931, Paul Barth, Adolph Rickenbacker, and George Beauchamp established the company that developed the first electric guitars which became available to the general public.

The guitars that this company was produced were affectionately called "Frying Pans". They were made from cast aluminum and were rested on a person's lap when played with a steel slide. They actually sounded quite modern according to today's guitarists who have been able to play vintage versions of the guitar.

Leo Fender was the first to produced a commercially successful guitar in 1946. He was radio repairman and the guitar was solid-bodied - much different from the hollow-bodied Jazz electric guitars. It was originally called "Esquire", and it quickly became a favorite of Country-Western guitar players.
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