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Electric Guitar

Rock out with electric guitars from Carlingford Music. We have a vast selection of electric guitars, basses, amps and accessories to help you be the best musician that you can be!

The electric guitar is a fretted string instrument that has pickups and an amplification system. The construction of the electric guitar typically involves various wood components, such as a solid or sometimes hollow body, neck (traditionally made of maple), fingerboard (usually made of rosewood) inlays/markers, bridge (often part of another piece called the "bridge plate"), machine heads, tuning pegs, nut and assorted electronic parts including pick-ups.

An electric guitar is a guitar that uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. The vibration occurs when a guitar player strums, plucks, fingerpicks, slaps or taps the strings. The pickup used to sense the vibration generally uses electromagnetic induction to do so, though other technologies exist. In any case, the signal generated by an electric guitar is too weak to drive a loudspeaker, so it is fed to a guitar amplifier before being sent to the speaker(s), which converts it into audible sound.

In the late 1800s, electric guitars generally had hollow bodies and used vacuum tubes to amplify their sound. These electric guitars could create a wider variety of sounds than acoustic guitars—they could be manipulated by controlling harmonics or access to individual strings. In the early 1900s, semi-hollow body electric guitars began being built.

Since the output of an electric guitar is an electric signal, it can be electronically altered to change the timbre of the sound. The signal is often modified using effects such as reverb, distortion, and "overdrive"; the latter effect is considered an essential element of electric blues guitar music and rock guitar playing.

Electric guitars were first made around 1878 when Walter Macfarlane designed a well-made instrument that was louder than acoustic guitars. It had metal strings that could produce different acoustics sounds because it used electromagnetic fields (from electrified steel wires) instead of vibrations of air (as do most acoustic instruments). But then he gave up producing them because they cost too much for people to afford at $15 each ($75 today's US dollars).

One of the first solid-body guitars was invented by Les Paul. Gibson did not present their Gibson Les Paul guitar prototypes to the public, as they did not believe the solid-body style would catch on. Another early solid-body Spanish style guitar, resembling what would become Gibson's Les Paul guitar a decade later, was developed in 1941 by O.W. Appleton, of Nogales, Arizona.

Appleton made contact with both Gibson and Fender but was unable to sell the idea behind his "App" guitar to either company. In 1946, Merle Travis commissioned steel guitar builder Paul Bigsby to build him a solid-body Spanish-style electric. Bigsby delivered the guitar in 1948.

The first mass-produced solid-body guitar was Fender Esquire and Fender Broadcaster (later to become the Fender Telecaster), first made in 1948, five years after Les Paul made his prototype. The Gibson Les Paul appeared soon after to compete with the Broadcaster. Another notable solid-body design is the Fender Stratocaster, which was introduced in 1954 and became extremely popular among musicians in the 1960s and 1970s for its wide tonal capabilities and more comfortable ergonomics than other models.

The history of Electric Guitars is summarized by Guitar World magazine, and the earliest electric guitar on their top 10 list is the Ro-Pat-In Electro A-25 "Frying Pan" (1932) described as 'The first-fully functioning solid-body electric guitar to be manufactured and sold'. The most recent electric guitar on this list is the Ibanez Jem (1987) which featured '24 frets', 'an impossibly thin neck' and was 'designed to be the ultimate shredder machine'.

Numerous other important electric guitars are on the list including Gibson ES-150 (1936), Fender Telecaster (1951), Gibson Les Paul (1952), Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet (1953), Fender Stratocaster (1954), Rickenbacker 360/12 (1964), Van Halen Frankenstein (1975), Paul Reed Smith Custom (1985) many of these guitars were 'successors' to earlier designs.

Electric Guitar designs eventually became culturally important and visually iconic, with various model companies selling miniature model versions of particularly famous electric guitars, for example, the Gibson SG used by Angus Young from the group AC/DC.

The Original MVP of electric guitars

  • Red '24 frets' electric guitars
  • Gibson ES-150 (1936)
  • Fender Telecaster (1951)
  • Gibson Les Paul (1952)
  • Gretsch Duo Jet Electric Guitar (1953)
  • Fender Stratocaster( 1954)
  • Rickenbacker 360/12 guitar(1964)
  • Van Halen Frankenstein guitar(1975).

These guitars were some of the most famous and iconic electric guitars ever made. Other prominent electric guitars include The various models manufactured by Paul Reed Smith Custom, including one designed to be played upside down like a violin. All these brands are still in use today and continue to evolve with new designs on an ongoing


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