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The Most Influential Electric Guitar Models

By Edited Nov 29, 2013 0 0

During the 1930's, a number of people started experimenting with electric guitars and a new type of body construction. Lloyd, O, W Appleton, and Les Paul were among the pioneers who modified the old style arch top electric designs to create a new sound.

Since then, the solid-body electric guitar has dominated the guitar world for the last sixty years. The most widely used instruments are either traditional designs first developed in the 1950's, or models that have clearly evolved from them, with modern hardware and new features such as extended fingerboards and unusual finishes. The materials and construction have been developed to improve playability

The Fender Stratocaster

The Fender Stratocaster was developed at the beginning of the 1950's and launched commercially in 1954. Designed by Leo Fender and his team in California, it was conceived as a futuristic companion to the companies Telecaster model.

One of the most important and innovative guitars ever made, It has been copied by manufacturers all over the world it's design features body contouring for comfort, a double cutaway for access to the top of the fingerboard ,and an internal tremolo block attached to the bridge. With a bolt-on solid maple neck and three single-coil pick-ups with simplified controls, the guitar has a bright, clear sound. Its success over has kept it in continuous production.

The Fender Stratocaster has an exalted position in the history of rock music, having been associated with many of the finest players over the past 45 years. Musicians such as: Yngwie Malmsteen, Buddy Holly, George Harrison, John Lennon, Jimmy Hendrix, Randy Bachman,and Eric Clapton.

The Jackson Soloist

The original Superstrat was developed by Grover Jackson at the beginning of the 1980's. This type of guitar has proved to be the most influential design of the recent times, talking the Stratocaster concept a stage further. The Superstrat has a redesigned body shape with a distinctive, angular headstock. A Floyd Rose tremolo system and a locking nut are combined with a through-neck inlay, and shark tooth inlays, and a humbucker in the bridge pickup position.

The Gibson Les Paul "Gold Top" model

Designed by Les Paul and launched in 1952 The "Gold Top" came with a trapeze tailpiece and P90 pickups. It was modified during the late 1950s, and many variations have appeared since then. A whole family of guitars, from economy to custom models evolved from this design. In 1958 the 'Standard," with a sunburst finish, was introduced, but by the 1960s the design was regarded by many as outdated ,

However, Les Paul's became very popular with rock and blues guitarists during the 1960s and in 1968 they were reintroduced. Manufacturers all over the world have copied the design, and the model remains in production to this day.

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