Electric Guitar - History

Electric Guitar - History

the story of the commercial success of the electric guitar

Commercial Success

As with many inventions, the electric guitar
initially met with skepticism from
traditionalists--performers as well as makers
and audiences. But country and blues players
and jazz instrumentalists soon took to the
variety of new tones and sounds that the
electric guitar could produce, exploring
innovative ways to alter, bend, and sustain
notes.

The instrument's volume and tones proved
particularly appealing to the enthusiasts
of rock and roll, which emerged in the 1950s.
While it was important to other genres, the electric
guitar was at the heart of the cultural revolution
that rock and roll symbolized. The media
capitalized on the image of the rock and roller
with his slicked-back hair, leather jacket,
motorcycle--and electric guitar.

Rock and roll music was particularly
associated with a new electric guitar design, the
Spanish-style solid-body. The earliest known
commercially produced Spanish solid-body is
the 1939 Slingerland. Around 1940, Les Paul
experimented with such a design, and in 1947,
Paul Bigsby teamed up with country singer
Merle Travis to design a solid-body guitar that
more closely resembled the ones we know
today. But it was radio repairman Leo Fender
who would be the first to successfully
mass-produce and market a Spanish-style
solid-body electric guitar.

The immediate success of Fender's new
style of electric quickly influenced other
manufacturers to start producing their own
models. In 1952 Gibson became Fender's first
major competitor, introducing its own
solid-body guitar with the help of celebrity
endorser Les Paul. The mass production of
these and other new models of highly desirable
electrics allowed teenagers across the country
to reinvent themselves in terms of a vision of
musical rebellion and independence.

Although many people thought that rock
and roll would be a passing fad, by the 1960s it
was clear that this music was firmly rooted in
American culture. And electric guitarists had
become the superstars of rock. Live
performances in large halls and open-air
concerts increased the demand for greater
volume and showmanship. Popular groups like
the Beatles and the Rolling Stones generated an
international following that verged on the hysterical.

By then, most rock guitarists were no
longer aiming to achieve clean, cutting sounds
on the electric guitar. They began to
experiment, and new sounds and textures, like
distortion and feedback, became part of the
guitarist's language. Jimi Hendrix was rock's
great master of manipulated sound. By using
techniques such as maneuvering the guitar's
tremolo arm and playing close to the amplifier,
Hendrix achieved spectacular effects.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s guitarists
continued experimenting. Their new musical
vocabulary emphasized loud, raunchy power
chords, flashy solos, and overall volume,
becoming known as heavy metal. Eddie Van
Halen
experimented with sounds like "dive
bombing," using the tremolo arm to drive the
guitar's lowest note even lower. Hendrix had
done this and frequently forced the instrument
out of tune as a result. But by the mid-1980s,
inventor Floyd Rose had improved solid-body
guitar tremolo systems, making it possible to
"dive bomb" repeatedly.

The last several decades have also
witnessed the rise of professional female
electric guitarists. Thanks to pioneers like
Bonnie Raitt, women have earned an equal
place in what had traditionally been a
male-dominated field. Today, more than six
decades after bursting on the American musical
scene, the electric guitar still features in all types
of music and is played and admired by men and
women, young and old, throughout the world.



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Re: Hondo Guitar model # 781 deluxe

: History:
: In 1969, the joint ventures between Samick (Korea) and International Music Corporation (Texas). In 1972, Hondo began making copies of Fenders and Gibsons. Different models of Fender and Gibson copies became available in 1984 (Fame, Revival). In 1995, Hondo was purchased by MBT International and has been owned by them ever since.

Re: Hondo Guitar model # 781 deluxe

I have a Hondo Deluxe Series 781 Guitar for sale. It needs some work. Also, it comes with the original case.

I can be reached at 321.805.1993.

: : History:
: : In 1969, the joint ventures between Samick (Korea) and International Music Corporation (Texas). In 1972, Hondo began making copies of Fenders and Gibsons. Different models of Fender and Gibson copies became available in 1984 (Fame, Revival). In 1995, Hondo was purchased by MBT International and has been owned by them ever since.

Re: Hondo Guitar History

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Re: Hondo Guitar History

: hi do yuo now this model h38hs no 8600014 Thank you

Re: Hondo Guitar History

if your label is on the neck block inside the guitar, and if "use only light or med gauge strings " is pressed into a brace inside the back, you have a copy of an old martin. some of these guitars are great, but as with everything in life, even the most expensive guitar can be worthless and unplayable. i use a percentage rating to determine how many guitars are professional grade if you were to see ten of them at once( one could be good out of ten, or nine or any other number could be good out of ten). any guitar made could turn out to be a gem, but the possibility goes down with price, time and place of manufacture. hondo is all over the map for reliability and quality.
if you ever want to sell it give me a shout and send some pics! thanks, robert

Re: Hondo Guitar History

I just got a hondo guitar second hand. It is a H125B by int. music corp.Do you have any info on this guitar? email if you do. Thanks

Re: Hondo Guitar History

 Hondo Guitar History

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Re: Hondo Guitar History

: hi do yuo now this model h38hs no 8600014

Re: Hondo Guitar History

I have a Hondo HL5FBB (L5 Gibson Fatboy copy I think) made Korea mid eighties, can anybody rate this model? Thanks.

Re: Hondo Guitar History

: History:
: In 1969, the joint was somked to perfection

Re: Hondo Guitar History

: :
Just bought an old Hondo from a hock shop,,this is a pre Hondo II gibson style & belive me or not I think I found a diamond in the rough. I had the action set up some, a beefery set of strings, the neck adjusted & now it sounds like a million bucks,,,,,all for less than $100.

hey!!!

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Re: hey!!!

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plz teach me how to play am electric guitarand plz tell me more abt it

plz teach me how to play an electric guitar and plz tell me more abt it i would be very grateful

Ed Van Halen Hondo II copy.

In the early 80s my friend bought a Hondo II painted black with yellow stripes like Eds and the story goes that Ed saw them and scratched as many as he could with his keys,but my friend got one he didnt scratch,any info on these guitars would be much appreciated,thanks alot.

ed van halen hondo II model

If someone can help me with this,in the early 80s a friend of mine bought a Hondo II guitar that was painted black with yellow strpes like Ed van halens,story has it that ed saw these and keyed the ones he could,but my friend got one that didnt get scratched,any info would be helpful.stkiss76@aol.com

Re: Eddie Van Halen Hondo II Guitar

 Eddie Van Halen Hondo II Guitar

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I liek gittars

Hi guys i play the gittar and im just lerning sum cords coud u teech me 2 play a hard song like by blink 182

VINTAGE "AIRLINE" MODEL GUITAR

VINTAGE "AIRLINE" MODEL GUITAR

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Imperia! Guitar 12 string

Anyone heard of this guitar, I chance to see it. Whats the right value to pay for it? Its looks like a real vintage piece, would be great if can email me, would like to buy and keep it

daion electric

I'm searching for a Daion electrig guitar to buy, either Savage or Mark series

Thanks
Mark

Re: daion electric

: I'm searching for a Daion electrig guitar to buy, either Savage or Mark series

: Thanks
: Mark

mark, have yellow daion savage in great shape, sorry not original case no literature.... interested?

Re: daion electric

: I'm searching for a Daion electrig guitar to buy, either Savage or Mark series

: Thanks
: Mark

I've got a mint Headhunter Daion tobacco sunburst..

AIRLINE ACOUSTIC

I have found an Airline Acoustic serial # L6453 Can anyone tell me anything? If you could please send it to my email - msgdrewry@hotmail.com

Re: AIRLINE ACOUSTIC

:I also have airline acoustic guitar. It looks pretty old and I was woondering how much could I get for it.

Re: AIRLINE ACOUSTIC

: :I also have airline acoustic guitar. It looks pretty old and I was woondering how much could I get for it.

Well my brother said It's worth over 200$ but hes not for sure of the exact price

makign an electric guitar

Im making an electric guitar only problem is i need the outline does neone knwo a god website with blueprints or neother information???

Re: makign an electric guitar

: Im making an electric guitar only problem is i need the outline does neone knwo a god website with blueprints or neother information???
Can u please send me if u have them

Re: makign an electric guitar

: Im making an electric guitar only problem is i need the outline does neone knwo a god website with blueprints or neother information???
Can u please send me if u have them

Air Line electric

I got an Air Line electric guitar and amp for christmas in 1971, when I was 12 years old, from Montgumry Ward.
Could some one please tell me the history of this guitar and what it is worth. Any information would help.

Thanks

Kirby

school

i meed to find out some things about Guitars for my priject.

Re: school

: i meed to find out some things about Guitars for my priject.
e-mail me i'll help ya out

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atlas electric guitar

any one heard of an atlas electric guitar, i got one in tv yellow.
looks like a lp im the second owner its from the 60's is all i know.
got pix if anyone's interested. thanx

Re: atlas electric guitar

: any one heard of an atlas electric guitar, i got one in tv yellow.
: looks like a lp im the second owner its from the 60's is all i know.
: got pix if anyone's interested. thanx

I have a 68 Atlas that I got new, looks like a strat, made in Italy, It needs a new body, and I was wondering if a Strat body would work???

Re: atlas electric guitar

I have a sunburst es-335 Atlas with label intact. Serial # which may indicate
1968. in Hempstead, New York.

Re: atlas electric guitar

: any one heard of an atlas electric guitar, i got one in tv yellow.
: looks like a lp im the second owner its from the 60's is all i know.
: got pix if anyone's interested. thanx

Re: atlas electric guitar

I got a used Atlas single pickup guitar in 1966 for $30. I paid too much! After a couple years I moved on to much better guitars. As the decades rolled past I always wanted to get one again just to see if I could make it sound good knowing what I now know.
After much investigation I found that Supro, Atlas & Airline guitars were pretty much the same thing. Same basic pickup, bridge, body and 2 bolt neck. The Airlines like my Atlas have a rectangular headstock where the Atlas had the Gumby style.
I finally found one on Ebay a couple years ago and snagged it for $100. Unfortunately UPS broke the headstock off so I have yet to play it.
It turns out the neck is a steel bar with a thin wood veneer and the headstock is an injected plastic. I have been unable to find or neck or repair this one.
Below are links to the only 2 pictures I have of the original. They were taken in 1968 in Hollis, NH.
http://i.myspace.com/22/30/820322/9409375_l.jpg
http://i.myspace.com/22/30/820322/9409319_l.jpg

Love & peace, Neal D. Bluesman

Re: atlas electric guitar

Also have Atlas, double cutaway(similar to ES 335),really nice condition.

Re: atlas electric guitar

: Also have Atlas, double cutaway(similar to ES 335),really nice condition. What's it worth?

Re: atlas electric guitar

I've got this Atlas Flying-V. It's a really gross color blue and didn't seem like a great guitar. I don't know anything about guitars, I bought when I was a teenager and into the punk thing. I'd like to sell it but I don't know how much the damn thing is worth.

Hondo II

I have an acoustic guitar called a Hondo II. If anyone has any information on this guitar please contact me at guitarjellybean@yahoo.com
Im prolly certain it is a junk guitar from walmart back in the day, alls i know is its very old and its a hand me down.
thank you.

Re: Hondo II

Hey Have the same one and the wiring is jacked if anyone knows anything about it let me know

Hondo II

i have an acoustic called a Hondo II and i need some information on it as where it came from and how much its worth. im prolly sure its a piece of crap guitar bought from walmart or something back in the day but i would like to know. sounds japanese made or something. please if u have information on this Hondo II acoustic guitar Email me. thank you

Re: Hondo II

: i have an acoustic called a Hondo II and i need some information on it as where it came from and how much its worth. im prolly sure its a piece of crap guitar bought from walmart or something back in the day but i would like to know. sounds japanese made or something. please if u have information on this Hondo II acoustic guitar Email me. thank you

I just purchased a hondo II electric guitar also I love it . It is a sweet fondlable little bitch with a great sound. She really puts out.

Re: Hondo II

: I have the same Guitar, it is made in Korea and is very inexpensive. i have an acoustic called a Hondo II and i need some information on it as where it came from and how much its worth. im prolly sure its a piece of crap guitar bought from walmart or something back in the day but i would like to know. sounds japanese made or something. please if u have information on this Hondo II acoustic guitar Email me. thank you

Re: Hondo II

: : I have the same Guitar, it is made in Korea and is very inexpensive. i have an acoustic called a Hondo II and i need some information on it as where it came from and how much its worth. im prolly sure its a piece of crap guitar bought from walmart or something back in the day but i would like to know. sounds japanese made or something. please if u have information on this Hondo II acoustic guitar Email me. thank you

My brother got that same guitar for free from my uncle =p I think its a nice one, to bad he will never let me play it

!,,! (-.-) !,,! --> ROCK ON!!

Re: Hondo II

: i have an acoustic called a Hondo II and i need some information on it as where it came from and how much its worth. im prolly sure its a piece of crap guitar bought from walmart or something back in the day but i would like to know. sounds japanese made or something. please if u have information on this Hondo II acoustic guitar Email me. thank you
i got one.........its made in korea

Re: Hondo II

I am working aroud a hondo II electrick, i can say that is a great guitar..very good wood all mahogany, rosewood fingerboard and manifacture is great. it is a les paul model about 70' years, it was a guitar from my uncle..

I need a brief but cohesive history of the guitar, NOW!

The title basically says it all. I need a brief and cohesive history of the guitar, NOW! Post haste! Chop chop! HUrry! Send!
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