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: Vision Guitars

I´ve got a vision guitar i dont know anything about it..it look like a gibson kopi orange and yellow flameble..what is it worth?what firm is making this guitar and so.....i hope anyone can help me thanks;-)

Re: Vision Guitars

Hi, I just bought a Vision Guitar but I don't know anything about it, I searched for it but nothing. If anyone has any address where I can find info about Vision Guitars, please let me know...
thnx

Re: I got a vision guitar

I buy a "Vision guitars" 12 years ago
Im´ Chilean guy i not write english.
Is a very good guitar.
I looking for in the web,this page is only.

Re: I got a vision guitar

Yo! fun...
i like it :)
John
<a href="http://www.toshain.com">painting</a>

Re: I got a vision guitar

Yo! fun...
i like it :)
John
<a href="http://www.toshain.com">painting</a>

Re: I got a vision guitar

: I buy a "Vision guitars" 12 years ago
: Im´ Chilean guy i not write english.
: Is a very good guitar.
: I looking for in the web,this page is only.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
hi i got a vision guitar and i have been looking for someone who can tell me something about this guitar who make this guitar and how many money did you give for your guitar 12 years...i hope you can help thanks:-)

Re: I got a vision guitar

: : I buy a "Vision guitars" 12 years ago
: : Im´ Chilean guy i not write english.
: : Is a very good guitar.
: : I looking for in the web,this page is only.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

From what I understand this Guitar is made by a company in Baltimore Maryland. As for a website I don't know of one.

Re: I got a vision guitar

The Fender site says that vision-guitar is their authorized service center for the Baltimore area. Contact info is available there.

: : : I buy a "Vision guitars" 12 years ago
: : : Im´ Chilean guy i not write english.
: : : Is a very good guitar.
: : : I looking for in the web,this page is only.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

:
: From what I understand this Guitar is made by a company in Baltimore Maryland. As for a website I don't know of one.

Re: Vision Guitars

I used to own a Vision guitar back in the 80's. I'm desperately looking to purchase one for my collection. The one I had looked a whole lot like the Carvin V220. It had these funky pickups with rails instead of pole pieces. Any info or leads please email me. From what I remember it was a very solid guitar. Gotoh tuners and it had a tremelo that I think was made by Vision(looked like something off of a Strat). Definately not a Floyd Rose!

Re: Vision Guitars

Are you still looking for that Vision guitar? I'd be interested to sell my black model. This is now March 2006!!!

Re: Vision Guitars

I have a Vision solid electric, rather like a Strat, black, with humbuckers and two other pickups, also whammy bar(which I have currently misplaced), I don't play it much and I could be persuaded to sell it or maybe exchange it for an electric semi-acoustic suitable for jazz. If you are interested please email me.

Re: Vision Guitars

I got a vision guitar.i bought in 2000. it is a black tele style with two silver hum-buckers, a 3 way pickup switch and 2 vol and 2 tone pots.

Re: Vision Guitars

I got a vision guitar.i bought in 2000. it is a black tele style with two silver hum-buckers, a 3 way pickup switch and 2 vol and 2 tone pots.

Re: Vision Guitars

a friend of mine just bought one. i am looking on the internet for this brand but this abou the only place where the brand is mentioned. as soon as i have a picture of it i can email it

Vision Guitars

Hi Y´all,

who ever heard about this brand?

Thanks and greetings from Germany!

GK

Daion Classical Guitar

Daion Classical Guitar

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DAION POWER XX

I HAVE A VERY NICE DAION POWER XX ELECTRIC GUITAR WITH ORG HARD CASE DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHAT IT IS WORTH? THANK'S

DAION electric,acoustic

i am searching for a daion power xx,savage or other electric to buy.so, and L 999,L99 Acoustic.please give me a e-mail to massride@gmx.net,if you have one!thanks.mass

Re: DAION POWER XX

 DAION POWER XX

This popular thread has been given its own page : Re: DAION POWER XX

Re: DAION POWER XX

micallahan@worldnet.att.net has the best and most informative website for daion guitars. I also have a mint powermarkXX and hardshell case, and true info is hard to find. My wife judechik@aol.com can hook you up with several other sites and send you company letters, catalog pages, and pricelists if you ask her to. She has been doing research for over two years, and can probably answer most anything you need to know on almost any Daion instrument.

Re: DAION POWER XX

I am looking for a daion hh 555 headhunter
and a daion power mark xx, if you have one or two please let me know

: micallahan@worldnet.att.net has the best and most informative website for daion guitars. I also have a mint powermarkXX and hardshell case, and true info is hard to find. My wife judechik@aol.com can hook you up with several other sites and send you company letters, catalog pages, and pricelists if you ask her to. She has been doing research for over two years, and can probably answer most anything you need to know on almost any Daion instrument.

Re: DAION POWER XX

: I am looking for a daion hh 555 headhunter
: and a daion power mark xx, if you have one or two please let me know

I have a striped headhunter 555 I purchased new in 1982...I have the original case and its in pretty good condition...still looking ?

thanks

: : micallahan@worldnet.att.net has the best and most informative website for daion guitars. I also have a mint powermarkXX and hardshell case, and true info is hard to find. My wife judechik@aol.com can hook you up with several other sites and send you company letters, catalog pages, and pricelists if you ask her to. She has been doing research for over two years, and can probably answer most anything you need to know on almost any Daion instrument.

Re: DAION POWER XX

Hi, I have a Daion Power Mark xx Bass in original hardshell case. I recently upgraded the tuning keys, bridge, and volume knobs, but still have the original hardware. Are you looking to purchase one?

: I am looking for a daion hh 555 headhunter
: and a daion power mark xx, if you have one or two please let me know

: : micallahan@worldnet.att.net has the best and most informative website for daion guitars. I also have a mint powermarkXX and hardshell case, and true info is hard to find. My wife judechik@aol.com can hook you up with several other sites and send you company letters, catalog pages, and pricelists if you ask her to. She has been doing research for over two years, and can probably answer most anything you need to know on almost any Daion instrument.

Re: DAION POWER XX

: I HAVE A VERY NICE DAION POWER XX ELECTRIC GUITAR WITH ORG HARD CASE DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHAT IT IS WORTH? THANK'S

I dont know but there is one in town. I have been trying to find out if they are still made and if so by whome and where? Thanks

Re: DAION POWER XX

: : I HAVE A VERY NICE DAION POWER XX ELECTRIC GUITAR WITH ORG HARD CASE DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHAT IT IS WORTH? THANK'S

: I dont know but there is one in town. I have been trying to find out if they are still made and if so by whome and where? Thanks

I don't know if this is relevant for you, but i sold one here in Norway for about $300. Original relative good condition with original hard case.

Guitars and American culture

HOw have guitars influenced American culture?

Guitar history

I am looking for history of a guitar man named, Flemming, he was black and I have been told that he invented the guitar
any info/comments would be helpful

Guitar history

: I am looking for history of a guitar man named, Flemming, he was black and I have been told that he invented the guitar
: any info/comments would be helpful

Re: Guitar history

The guitar as an instrument has evolved over centuries. A library is a good source to start.

Heavy Metal

i am wondering how to get the heavy metal sound in a guitar, i am just starting 2 play and thats y I have no clue.

Re: Heavy Metal

Yo! fun...
i like it :)
John
<a href="http://www.toshain.com">painting</a>

Re: Heavy Metal

: i am wondering how to get the heavy metal sound in a guitar, i am just starting 2 play and thats y I have no clue.

The way that I found out how to make it sound more like heavy metal is to play at 10th and up.
And you can turn your distortion, bass, treble up all the way on your amp. I hope that helps.

Re: Heavy Metal

: : i am wondering how to get the heavy metal sound in a guitar, i am just starting 2 play and thats y I have no clue.

:
: The way that I found out how to make it sound more like heavy metal is to play at 10th and up.
: And you can turn your distortion, bass, treble up all the way on your amp. I hope that helps.

Hi!
I have been playing metal for about 10 years. I find it's good if you grow your hair really long, dye it blond and tease it on the top. I LOT of hairspray will help too.

Be sure to get lot of the stuff on your hands.

There is a modification you can do called a lobotomy that will also help you get the right "attitude" in your playing.

Or you could do it the easy way like Steve Vai did and study music theory and scales for 10 or more years until you have them mastered.
Your choice.
Hope this helps!
Jake

Re: Heavy Metal

: : i am wondering how to get the heavy metal sound in a guitar, i am just starting 2 play and thats y I have no clue.

:
: The way that I found out how to make it sound more like heavy metal is to play at 10th fret and up.
: And you can turn your distortion, bass, treble up all the way on your amp. I hope that helps.

Re: Heavy Metal

Yo! fun...
i like it :)
John
<a href="http://www.toshain.com">painting</a>

Guitars

Could you give me a Electric Guitar for free with a Ampliphier?
BLAKE

vintage guitars

Has anyone out thier heard of a montgomery wards airline guitar & amp
from the 1950's. A friend of mine owns one and needs to know the $value.

Re: vintage guitars

: Has anyone out thier heard of a montgomery wards airline guitar & amp
: from the 1950's. A friend of mine owns one and needs to know the $value.
:

I have an Airline guitar, no amp. It was my first. Don't know the value.

Re: vintage guitars

: : Has anyone out thier heard of a montgomery wards airline guitar & amp
: : from the 1950's. A friend of mine owns one and needs to know the $value.
: :

: I have an Airline guitar, no amp. It was my first. Don't know the value.

Have a red airline guitar, no amp. bought in the mid 60's, need to know value. Please email if you know.

Re: vintage guitars

where can I get info on a 85 gibson Q2000 from the custom shop , cant find out anything about it. value history etc...

Re: vintage guitars

: : : : Has anyone out thier heard of a montgomery wards airline guitar & amp
: : : : from the 1950's. A friend of mine owns one and needs to know the $value.
: : : :

: : : I have an Airline guitar, no amp. It was my first. Don't know the value. corrected address :dandot@lakeland.ws

: : Have a red airline guitar, no amp. bought in the mid 60's, need to know value. Please email if you know.

Re: vintage guitars

: : : Has anyone out thier heard of a montgomery wards airline guitar & amp
: : : from the 1950's. A friend of mine owns one and needs to know the $value.
: : :

: : I have an Airline guitar, no amp. It was my first. Don't know the value

: Have a red airline guitar, no amp. bought in the mid 60's, need to know value. Please email if you know.

Re: vintage guitars

sears and montgomery ward both came out with cheaply made beginer guitars if you could send a picture i can give you a more accurate evaluation of the price taking in the condition and aesthetics, but its probably worth about $300 which is pretty good considering they were sold for ( i think) $40

Re: vintage guitars

: : : Has anyone out thier heard of a montgomery wards airline guitar & amp
: : : from the 1950's. A friend of mine owns one and needs to know the $value.
: : :

: : I have an Airline guitar, no amp. It was my first. Don't know the value. corrected address :dandot@lakeland.ws

: Have a red airline guitar, no amp. bought in the mid 60's, need to know value. Please email if you know.

Re: vintage guitars

: : : : Has anyone out thier heard of a montgomery wards airline guitar & amp
: : : : from the 1950's. A friend of mine owns one and needs to know the $value.
: : : : i have a wards airline green electric bought it 1965 new paid $59.95, as to the value i dont know, the airline guitars were made by kay,and valco.the airline brand are similar to nationa and supro models.

: : : I have an Airline guitar, no amp. It was my first. Don't know the value. corrected address :dandot@lakeland.ws

: : Have a red airline guitar, no amp. bought in the mid 60's, need to know value. Please email if you know.

Re: vintage guitars

: : : : : Has anyone out thier heard of a montgomery wards airline guitar & amp
: : : : : from the 1950's. A friend of mine owns one and needs to know the $value.
: : : : : i have a wards airline green electric bought it 1965 new paid $59.95, as to the value i dont know, the airline guitars were made by kay,and valco.the airline brand are similar to nationa and supro models.

: : : : I have an Airline guitar, no amp. It was my first. Don't know the value. corrected address :dandot@lakeland.ws

: : : Have a red airline guitar, no amp. bought in the mid 60's, need to know value. Please email if you know.

Sorry, I'm not sure on the value of the Airline guitars, but I have heard of them. They don't seem to be on ebay either. I am interested in buying one though, if it's the same model as Jack White's from The White Stripes. Please email me if anybody has any information on how I can get one. Thank you.

stolen airline

In 1958 someone stole my brand new airline guitar out of my organ players car.It was ivory white with three pickups and a bigsby vibrato.It was in the case.It was stolen in Saranac Lake, New York.

Re: vintage guitars

 vintage guitars

This popular thread has been given its own page : Re: vintage guitars

Re: vintage guitars

: : : : : : Has anyone out thier heard of a montgomery wards airline guitar & amp
: : : : : : from the 1950's. A friend of mine owns one and needs to know the $value.
: : : : : : i have a wards airline green electric bought it 1965 new paid $59.95, as to the value i dont know, the airline guitars were made by kay,and valco.the airline brand are similar to nationa and supro models.

: : : : : I have an Airline guitar, no amp. It was my first. Don't know the value. corrected address :dandot@lakeland.ws

: : : : Have a red airline guitar, no amp. bought in the mid 60's, need to know value. Please email if you know.

: Sorry, I'm not sure on the value of the Airline guitars, but I have heard of them. They don't seem to be on ebay either. I am interested in buying one though, if it's the same model as Jack White's from The White Stripes. Please email me if anybody has any information on how I can get one. Thank you.

The Airline guitars are showing up on ebay now I see. So if you still need help on pricing, try going there to see what people are charging for them.

Re: vintage guitars

I have been looking very hard for an airline guitar... it appears u have one... if there were anyway u could send pictures... or maybe even a price.. i think we could work something out

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