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When was the electric guitar invented? And by who?

The electric guitar, as we know it, was created by George Beauchamp in 1931. His creation built on the ideas of others, but his Rickenbacker “Frying Pan” guitar was the first of its kind. It was created because people weren’t able to hear the classic guitar at large venues. Beauchamp teamed up with Adolph Rickenbacker, who helped to manufacture and sell the electric guitar. Because Beauchamp wasn’t awarded a patent for his electric guitar until 1937, many other companies produced similar creations during that period.


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