Today in Music History: Aug 10, 1937

On August 10, 2013, in News, Today in Music History, by Magnolia Guitar
From Rickenbacker International Corporation

From Rickenbacker International Corporation

Although the names Leo Fender and Les Paul are often heralded as the fathers of the electric guitar, the first ever electric guitar patent (patent #2,089.71) was awarded to the Electro String Corporation. (Coincidentally, Aug 10, 1909 is also Leo Fender’s birthday!)

G.D. Beauchamp invented the “Rickenbacker Electric Flying Pan” in the lap steel style as Hawaiian music was popular at the time.

The Rickenbacker International Corporation soon created several other styles of electric guitar, including the Bakelite Model B. Jazz, blues, and country music (and eventually rock and roll, of course!) would never be the same.

To learn more, check out

http://www.rickenbacker.com/history_early.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frying_pan_(guitar)

http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/electricguitar/pop-ups/02-02.htm

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-ever-electric-guitar-patent-awarded-to-the-electro-string-corporation

 



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