The First Electric Guitar

26 Jan 2015

What we would recognize as the first true electric guitar was invented in 1931 for musicians who needed help being heard amongst the other instrumentation in jazz bands and blues combos.

Credit goes to George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker who created something they called The Frying Pan because, well, it looked like a frying pan with a long handle. They received a patent in 1937.  There’s still a brand of guitar that carries Rickenbacker’s name

The first documented public performance using an electrically amplified guitar was by Gage Brewer in Wichita, Kansas, in October 1932.

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