The electric guitar is a musical instrument that has immensely influenced the music of the modern world. From its creation in the 1930’s the electric guitar has been continually adapted to make it more versatile and more suitable to suit different types of musical tastes and different ways of playing the guitar.
The invention of the electric guitar was due to the need for musicians to produce a sound loud enough for the guitar to be audible enough. This is especially when playing the guitar in bands where the drums and brass instruments suppressed the sound of the acoustic guitar.
There were many attempts at amplifying the sound of the electric guitar but it was only until 1931 when George Beauchamp, a musician, and Adolph Rickenbacker and Paul Barth, both electric engineers, came together to develop the electric guitar. The electric guitar developed by Beauchamp and his colleagues finally provided amplification that had quality that was good enough.
The electric guitar since its conception has been greatly embraced by musicians and musical enthusiasts. The greatest lure for the people towards the electric guitar is the fact that the guitar can provide such loud quality music and that the sound can also be greatly modified to provide all kinds of variations. Musicians use effects such as reverb, overdrive, and distortion to produce rich diversity of cool sounds that have led to the development of music genres such as electric blues, rock and roll and other variations of heavy metal music.
Today there are different types of electric guitars. Different electric guitars are designed for different types of music and for different types of use. The major categories of electric guitars include solid body guitars, chambered- body guitars, semi acoustic guitars, full hollow guitars, and acoustic electric guitars. Apart from these categories we also have bass guitars and rhythm guitars.
There are guitars that are made to produce some types of music better than others. For example, the best metal guitar would probably have humbucker pickups. These are pickups that minimize on the hum and feedback that would be produced when playing the guitar. Single coil guitar pickups will often produce a distracting hum and may lead to feedback which will affect the quality produced.
There are also differences in the designs of the electric guitar that are based on where and how the instrument will be used. For example, electric guitars with fancy shapes and flashy colors are usually thus designed for live performances. There are also some electric guitars that are designed with smaller sizes and gentler softer features and these are most appropriate for the feminine gender.
One can also have smaller guitars that are thus designed for children or for travel.
Electric guitars need electric amplifications to produce sound. The wire cables used are often cumbersome restricting free movement for the player. Today one can however find some of the best wireless systems for guitar sound amplification. However, these systems might not work very well in places where the signals might be hindered by obstacles.