National Electric Guitar Day

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Ah, National Electric Guitar Day, the perfect day to rock out and channel your inner guitar hero!

When is Electric Guitar Day?

It's national electric guitar day on the 27th November.

The Birth of the Electric Guitar

Let's dive into the electrifying history of the electric guitar! The invention of the electric guitar revolutionized the world of music forever. While the exact origins are debated, it is widely believed that the first ever electric guitar was created in the 1930s. The genius behind this invention was none other than the legendary musician and inventor, Les Paul.

Rocking the World

Once the electric guitar hit the scene, there was no turning back. Musicians quickly realized the power and potential of this new instrument. The electric guitar allowed for greater volume, projection, and versatility, paving the way for the birth of rock 'n' roll. Icons like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page shredded their way into our hearts, proving that the electric guitar was here to stay.

Celebrating National Electric Guitar Day

On this special day, enthusiasts from all over the world come together to pay tribute to the electric guitar. Whether you're a seasoned shredder or a beginner strummer, National Electric Guitar Day is the perfect opportunity to showcase your skills and share your love for music.

History behind the term 'Electric Guitar'


The Invention of the Electric Guitar

The history of the electric guitar began in 1931 with the invention of the first commercially successful electric guitar by George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker. They founded the Electro String Instrument Corporation and introduced the 'Frying Pan,' a lap steel guitar with a magnetic pickup. This breakthrough innovation paved the way for subsequent advancements in electric guitar technology.


The Rise of Electric Guitar in Jazz and Swing

During the 1940s, the electric guitar started gaining popularity in the world of jazz and swing. Musicians like Charlie Christian, Les Paul, and Django Reinhardt pushed the boundaries of the instrument's capabilities, utilizing amplification to create new tones and styles. The electric guitar became an essential tool for soloing and improvisation, forever changing the landscape of jazz music.


The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll

The 1950s marked a significant shift in music culture with the advent of rock 'n' roll. Artists like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly embraced the electric guitar, infusing their music with energy and rebellion. This era witnessed the iconic emergence of the solid-body electric guitar, notably the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster, which further enhanced the instrument's versatility.


The Electric Guitar Revolution

The 1960s brought about a revolution in electric guitar innovation, spearheaded by iconic figures like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. Artists experimented with various effects pedals, amplifiers, and guitar modifications, pushing the boundaries of sound. The electric guitar became a symbol of counterculture and artistic expression, driving the evolution of rock, blues, and psychedelic music.


Diversification and Heavy Metal

In the 1970s, the electric guitar continued to diversify with the rise of different genres. The emergence of heavy metal music, pioneered by bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple, showcased the instrument's ability to produce powerful and aggressive tones. This decade witnessed the development of high-gain amplifiers and humbucker pickups that catered specifically to the demands of metal musicians.


Evolution and Modernization

From the 1980s to the present day, the electric guitar has evolved and adapted to the changing musical landscape. Technological advancements in guitar manufacturing, such as computer-controlled machining and improved electronics, have led to higher-quality instruments. Additionally, genres like blues, jazz, country, and rock have continued to embrace the electric guitar, ensuring its lasting cultural and artistic significance.

Did you know?

Did you know that the longest guitar solo ever recorded lasted for 3 hours and 50 minutes? Talk about an epic journey of musical awesomeness!


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First identified

27th November 2015

Most mentioned on

27th November 2019

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