Electric Guitar History. Reading & Research

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  1. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans New Member

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    I have been researching electric guitar history for a PP presentation. I needed to check some ‘facts’ and fill some gaps. I came across this book and decided to buy it. It’s by a couple of Guitar World writers. I’m not sure I’m allowed to mention the title?

    My main interest is the very early stuff 1900-1940, but everything is fascinating. I’m about 30% in (Chet Atkins/Muddy Waters). I’m getting through this book fast.

    PRS is of course has its own chapter. That's still up ahead of where I am now,

    Quotes:

    ‘The Dopyera brothers hated one other, but they hated everyone else more’. Guitar historian Mathew Hill

    ‘We enjoyed sharing our likes & dislikes in life generally’. Les Paul speaking of Leo Fender & Paul Bigsby sharing beers on Les’s patio.



    ‘Epi looked at me and said “What the hell are you doing”? I spent Sundays at the Epiphone factory making that thing. They were all curious to see what I was up to. And when I got done making it, the only ones who liked it were the Night Watchman and me.’ Les Paul and the log.
     
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  2. Wakester

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    Looking at Les Paul's history was very interesting to me. The man was a brilliant inventor and a pioneer not only in electric instruments, but with modern stereo recording equipment as well. I visited a museum in Milwaukee last summer that held a large amount of his early guitars and other inventions.
     
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  3. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans New Member

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    I would have loved to see that stuff. I have a mental picture of his backyard workshop as a sort of musicians Alladin's Cave.
     
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    toothace At least I'm good at dentistry

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    Great read!
     
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  6. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans New Member

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    I already read (and shared elsewhere) that some weeks back. I agree its very insightful.

    The book has a large amount of Ted McCarty in it including much of what is contained in that link. :)
     
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  7. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans New Member

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    Still haven't got to PRS yet, but the style has given way from wonderful insightful history and degenerated into fanzine hyperbole about artists of the 60s/70s. :(
     
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  8. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Please do share the name of this book, @merciful-evans . Since it has PRS content there shouldn't be any conflict with the forum mods. Hopefully the book picks up a little later once you slog through the current "fanzine hyperbole" section.
     
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  9. IKnowALittle

    IKnowALittle New Member

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    The electric guitar pickup was invented in 1938, so there can't really be any history before that.
    Lots of knowledgeable people disagree, but I don't consider an acoustic guitar with a pickup "plopped" on top of it to be an "electric" guitar.
    I would call it an "amplified" guitar.
    For the real poop, make sure you check out Paul Bigsby in general, and the Bigsby "Merle Travis" guitar released in 1948.
     
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  10. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans New Member

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    That's incorrect.

    The electric guitar pickup (magnetic as is used today) was made in 1931 by George Beauchamp. He designed and built a unique (non-acoustic) guitar around the pickup at that time. The production model came out the following year. It was the Ro-Pat-In Electro A-25 or 'Frying Pan'.A Spanish version followed later.

    Prior to that, the first commercial electric guitar was the Stromberg-Voisinet-Electro in 1928/29. It was a poor design that disappeared quickly.

    Prior to this the triode vacuum tube was invented in 1907 (electric guitars are no use without amps).

    And in 1890 a patent was granted to George Breed for an electric guitar design.
     
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  11. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans New Member

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    That's understood and fine.
     
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