Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About the Electric Guitar
Where would we be without the electric guitar? Every genre uses it to create the sounds we know and love, from 15-minute guitar-shredding solos to gentle love ballads. The electric guitar gained popularity in the 1950s, and it’s still wildly popular today. The best part? It has some fun stories that most of us have never heard. Let’s look at some interesting facts you didn’t know about the electric guitar.
Leo Fender, creator of the world-famous Fender guitar, never played guitar himself. That didn’t seem to be an issue, since rockers such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton all preferred Fenders. Instead, Leo was an accountant who happened to played saxophone and who also enjoyed tinkering with old radios. That radio hobby turned into the invention of the Fender guitar. Pretty impressive, Mr. Fender, and we thank you.
Hawaiian Steel Guitar
During the 1910s and 20s, the Hawaiian steel guitar sound began featuring in the soundtracks of many movies and plays. The sound caught on and heavily influenced early electric guitars.
The first electric guitar was called the A25. Lovingly called the “frying pan” and made of cast aluminum, it came to us in 1932.
You may have heard of the Telecaster, as it was created by Fender and respected by Eric Clapton, Jeff Buckley, and Bob Dylan, just to name a few. The Telecaster was originally called the Broadcaster until creators realized there was a drum set with the same name. To avoid issues, this Fender guitar became known as the Telecaster.
Gibson guitars were manufactured without serial numbers in 1952. If you have an old guitar with no serial number, you may have a rare and collectible 1952 Gibson.
Yes, there’s an electric guitar that has walked down the aisle. Chris Black, a famous rocker, pledged his love and devotion to his Stratocaster in 2001. We don’t question… We just state the facts.
The Fender Factory
If you’re wondering if the electric guitar is going out of style, the answer is no. The Fender factory produces over 900,000 strings a day and about 250,000 guitars a year! And that’s just the Fender company.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these interesting facts you didn’t know about the electric guitar. Here at Yandas Music, we love to talk music anytime, whether it’s unknown facts or everyday knowledge. If you’re interested in the electric guitar, check out our online shopping experience, where you can buy an electric guitar online along with just about any other instrument. Or, reach out to us and we’ll help you along and answer all your instrument questions. Music is the universal language, and we look forward to chatting with you.