4 Biggest Innovations For Electric Guitar

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  1. Shawn@PRS

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    A spin-off discussion from the Mount Rushmore thread.

    Name the 4 biggest innovations/contributions to the electric guitar.

    The Frying pan?
    P-Bass?
    Humbucking pickup?
    Floyd Rose?

    What ya got?
     
  2. Stephen J.

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    Not necessarily exclusive to electric guitars, but:
    • Double action truss rods
    • Wood drying process for stability
    • Increased precision of fret/nut/bridge placement
    • Sustainable supply and manufacturing technologies
     
  3. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Too Funky

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    Wing collared cam locking tuning pegs.
     
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  4. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Birds on fretboards.
     
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  5. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Mostly An Educated Guess

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    Double-action truss rod
    Humbucker (Hum-cancelling pickups)
    Wraparound (Piezo) High-Mass Adjustable Bridge
    Locking Tuners
     
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  6. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

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    Floyd
    Locking tuners
    lighter gauge string sets
    humbuckers
     
  7. Davey

    Davey Just Jammin'

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    Here's my list

    1. Absolutely the "Frying Pan" or at least magnetic pickups.
    2. Steel strings
    3. Floating bridge
    4. Computers/computing- i.e. effects, modeling, online lessons, music transcription, etc

    Honorable mention:
    Piezo- Electric/Accoustic guitars
     
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  8. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    steel strings.
    magnetic pickups.
    metal bridge instead of ebony.
    double cutaway.
     
  9. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Maple
    Mahogany
    Rosewood
    Ebony
     
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  10. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Neck
    Body
    Strings
    Pickups

    OK, seriously:

    1. Stable trems - I don't know if the FR is the epitome of that, but the PRS trems are great, IMHO, and represent a relatively simple, elegant, yet effective design. I have a Shift2000 trem from the 1980s, FR-type stability, not nearly as finicky.

    2. Humbuckers.

    3. Truss rods. Yeah, the double-action or graphite ones are awesome, but just the basic evolution of the truss rod has been awesome for all guitars, not just electric!

    4. Dedicated guitar amps with overdrive/distortion. Without those, electric guitars would just sound like weird, louder, acoustic guitars.
     
  11. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay...

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    For the last 15-20 years, I'd give the award to Joe Naylor for at least 3 of the 4...
     
  12. Tony M.

    Tony M. New Member

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    The cutaway.
    CNC.
    Advances in amplification.
    Effects.
     
  13. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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  14. RC Mike

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    CNC manufacturing for sure.
     
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  15. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The solid body electric. Several potential claimants to that one, but a lot of folks think it was Les Paul.

    The trem. Doesn't matter which one.

    The magnetic pickup; if the first was the one on the frying pan, it was genius.

    The guitar case (just kidding). ;)
     
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  16. aphantomvaper

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    Electricity

    Metallurgy

    Woodsmithery

    Marketing
     
  17. SinSir

    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    PRS for many reasons and not just because this is PRS board
    Trus rod
    Humbucker
    Floyd Rose
     
  18. SteelHorse

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    CNC Machines, wood choices and talented finishing.

    Floyd Rose and/or Locking Tuners.

    On board buffers and preamps / Active Pickups

    Tube Amps.
     
  19. Mozzi

    Mozzi https://imgur.com/user/BAMozzy/posts

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    Experience
    Research
    Development
    Dedication

    Have I just described PRS?? LOL
     
  20. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan DGT Player

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    Cut aways
    Synchronized tremolo (always "tremolo", never vibrato)
    Interchangable parts - to include necks and bodies
    Non-microphonic electronics...
     
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