Hist 390 post 3; The Electric Guitar

389577697_5c6c9ad0a5  The 1931 electric guitar was an expansion to what was known as the greatest instrument ever created. Until this point, simplistic versions of string instruments assisted in giving musicians a defined sound, whether it be the guitar, cello, violin, banjo, ukulele, or other unique stringed ensembles. The electric guitar pushed the acoustic style to the side and helped generate ridiculous melodies that energized music lovers world wide.

The electric guitar started as a prehistoric contraption noted as the “frying pan” resembling an early banjo. The technology of the device is what attracted musicians. It was the first device that you could connect to an amplifier to transfer the sound into speakers for a larger audience. The mechanisms inside the guitar utilized a system of telephone transmitters and tiny microphones connected with diodes, much like complex machinery. This omitted the sound from the neck, through the bridge, then down to the “pan”  in order to create the “twang” sound. When played, the sound changes drastically from a simple, acoustic strum to a deep (sometimes pitchy if picked too hard) register that echoes in a stellar fashion. attached is the 1937 mechanics inside the 6 year old frying pan. Guitar

This innovation is used in every country as of date. The electric/amplified guitar expanded and further changed how modern musicians create music. It’s also created new genres as well as cultures in music that primarily use this device. Metal, rock, country, jazz, pop, and instrumental genres utilize the electric guitar accordingly. eguitar_infographic2

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