The electric guitar is the backbone of any rock band, and the instrument itself was a natural progression from the acoustic model. The name of the company behind the first commercially available electric guitars will be recognizable by any guitar enthusiast.
The Invention of the Electric Guitar
The man who created the electric guitar was named Adolph Rickenbacker. The Rickenbacker International Corporation was one of the first companies dedicated to the creation of musical instruments. Founded in 1931, the company is responsible for the creation of the "Rickenbacker Electro Instruments," which were the first electric guitars.
The Rickenbacker Company
The company was pioneered by George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker. Beauchamp was a professional guitarist who was searching for a way to make his guitar louder. He came up with a number of different prototypes for an electric guitar before creating, with the help of his friend Harry Watson, the earliest known model. Following its success, Beauchamp then sought the help of Adolph Rickenbacker (as a production engineer) and was able to manufacture an evolving series of new and better instruments.
While Rickenbacker is generally credited with creating the electric guitar, it is because of an evolving idea and new technology that he was able to do so.
An Evolution of Sound
In the 1920s, numerous people had the idea for the electric guitar in mind, but they didn't know how to actually go about turning their idea into reality. While modern electric guitars use pickups to convert vibration into audible noise, inventors at the time were unsure of the best way to go about designing such an instrument. By the 1930s, it was already known that metal could convert current through wire, and it was this basic knowledge that eventually led to the creation of electric guitars as they are known today.