How Electric Guitars Evolved? 


The electric guitar is a type of guitar that needs external amplification to perform the sound. It uses the pickup to exchange the vibrations into electric signals that work as a medium sound by loudspeakers. This process is doing through the usage of effects like distortion, reverbs, etc.

Introduction of Electric Guitars

Jazz guitar players that wanted to play single noted solos in large big bands adopted electric guitars. Electric guitars were invented in 1932. In the early 1950s-60s, these guitars became the most famous musical instruments. Proponents of electric guitars were Sister Rosetta Tharpe, T-Bone Walker, Les Paul, Charlie Christian, and Lonnie Johnson. 

In the 1950s and 1960s, electric guitars were capable of many sounds and different styles in genres ranging from rock and pop to music country, blues, and jazz. It became the major component of serving electric blues, rock music, rock and roll pieces, heavy metal music, and plenty more. 

The solid body, hollow-body guitars, the six strings guitar, the eight-string guitar, and the twelve strings guitar are the types of Electric guitars. This guitar was used in the pop and rock music as it was probably used by pop stars for their booked concerts to create the vibes.

The solid-body electric guitar had no vibrating soundboard for the amplification of string vibration. Les Paul, Gibson was the first solid-body electric guitars.Formation of glued-together sheets or wooden plates and have large, deep bodies. These guitars are using to play acoustics of folk, western, or steel strings.


After many experiments in electric amplification, they were recognized. Electric guitars were developed in the 20th century and became the most popular and essential instrument in the popular music industry. The solid-body guitar was the first acoustic instrument introduced in America as a Spanish style guitar. 

In the 1930s, the technology started advancing; electric guitars moved themselves to the newer version, which became more complex and became a solo instrument to expand musical styles. Paul H. Tutmarc. knows as the introducer of electric guitars. George Beauchamp and John Dopyera, the two Los Angeles musicians, also worked on creating louder guitars. After the experimentation, they attached horns to instruments and developed an electromagnetic pickup too. It was comprised of 2 horseshoe magnets.

Lloyd Loar was the one who built the “Spanish-style” guitar first. He designed the guitar with the direct predecessor of modern electric guitars by which Orville Gibson, a guitar pioneer, created the electric guitar model, which revolutionized the instrument. The final version of the electric guitar was built by Gibson employee Walter fuller.

The Log,” which was the creation of Paul because of its solid body. It was consist of two bare magnetic pickups on a 4 x 4 in pine’s piece. In the 1960s, the electric guitar was an established music instrument.


As we read above, the history and introduction of electric guitar took a virtual space in the world of music. It was finally established after the efforts of many music pioneers in the 1960s. And in the 20th century, the electric guitars were the most popular instruments in the music industry. 


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