Electric Guitar

Who invented it and sold it. By:Caleb Mcdonald

When it was made

The Electric Guitar as made on Nov. 24 1935

It was invented by Adolph Rickenbacker

The Electric Guitar was one of the first Guitars ever made in the 1940's

Les Paul

Les Paul had a car accident in 1948 and he asked the doctor to place his arm permanently in a Guitar playing position

Les Paul is still playing Guitar in Manhattan in his 80's

Fact 1

BGN on a Gibson is the worst possible mark it designated the instrument as a bargain, and not acceptable quality for sale to the public.

Fact 2

Epiphone was originally a Greek violin company. They made banjos from 1923 but in the 1930's changed to guitars. Epiphone was the only banjo company to successfully switch to guitar production

Fact 3

The Fender factory makes around 90,000 strings per day. This is over 20,000 miles a year, enough to circle the world. They also make around 950 guitar necks a day!

Fact 4

The smallest guitar in the world is 10 micrometres long with strings 50 nanometres (100 atoms) wide.

Fact 5

The highest price paid for an electric guitar at auction, was $959,500 at Christie's in July 2004 for Eric Clapton's 'Blackie' Stratocaster. The previous record was for Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia's custom-made 'Tiger' ($957,500 in 2002).

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With advancing technology, more sophisticated musical instruments became possible, and during the 20th century, peaking in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the electric guitar became an institution for musicians and a battlefield of competition among the great guitar players of the era. Les Paul, Duane Eddy, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Slash, Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen attracted legions of worshipful followers. The endless Electric Guitar Dabate (“Who is the best ever?”) is part of pop culture, and the top two contenders, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, are legendary figures in the world of rock n’ roll.


We’ll start answering these questions by debunking a common misconception. Many people think that Les Paul was the inventor of the electric guitar, but he wasn’t. The credit for this goes to George Beauchamp, a musician, and Adolph Rickenbacker, an electrical engineer, who are rightfully considered to be the people who created the first commercially viable modern amplifiable electric guitar. Others had attempted this before them, such as using carbon button microphones (like in old phones) attached to the the bridge of the guitar, but Beauchamp and Rickenbacker were the first to actually achieve the modern electrically amplified guitar with sound quality good enough to use in a professional music setting. But let’s take a closer look at their story.