An electric guitar is a musical instrument that uses a pickup in order to convert the vibration of the strings into electrical impulses. The strings usually are made of metal and their vibration occurs when the guitarist plucks, fingerpicks or strums the strings. Since the signal generated by an electric guitar is too weak, it is connected with a guitar amplifier before it is sent to a loudspeaker. The electric signal generated by an electric guitar, can be altered by electronic circuits to change the sound or to add colour to it. They use ‘pickups’ which are small microphones.

The way electric guitars work, is very similar with that of an acoustic guitar. The tone of an electric guitar is affected by the materials used to make the body and the strings, so the pickups that are used have an important influence on how the guitar sounds.

The first primitive version of an electrified guitar was made in the 1920s and 1930s. It is thought that Paul H. Tutmarc was the one who invented the instrument. He was inspired by the way telephone worked, using a magnetic field to create vocal vibrations. Almost at the same time, two musicians, John Dopyera and George Beauchamp, managed to create an even louder guitar. It was designed with a wooden neck and body, and was named ‘frying pan’ because of its shape. The first fully electrical guitar was created around the 1940s.

Today, these instruments are used in countless music genres, including metal, jazz, blues, pop, rock, R&B, reggae and many others. In some of these music styles, they are used as a primary instrument.

Some of the greatest electric guitar players are: Jimi Hendrix, known as the king of rock and blues, B.B. King, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Chuck Berry, Les Paul and Prince who is best known for the solo on “Let’s go crazy”.

At Varsity Music, here in Scotland, UK, we provide a great range of new and used electric guitars available to buy online from our electric guitar shop in Edinburgh, Scotland. They are the best on the market and serviced by our trained musicians.

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