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Blow Up to Rock Out

Posted on 05/01/14 in Blow It Up!
Inflatable GuitarsWho among us has not had at least one air guitar jam session in our lives? Take air guitar to the next level for your brand with literal guitars filled with air - inflatable promotional guitars. Beyond inspiring effective promotional material, the electric guitar has a solid place in the history of music. Read on to learn more about this history, and how the invention of the electric guitar changed the course of music forever.

A Brief Guitar History

In the 1800s, musical performances were becoming larger, with ensembles increasing in size and volume and more audience attendance than ever before. That meant guitars needed to become louder to accommodate new performance standards. First, steel strings were introduced, which gave guitars better sound and increased instrumental tension.

Guitar makers continued to up the volume by designing stronger, louder archtops. By the early 20th century, public dance gatherings were picking up, requiring live music to become even louder. The 1930s proved turning up the noise with electric amplification was the most successful means of creating a louder guitar. This became normalized first through country and jazz artists, continuing through the popularization of the Spanish-style electric guitar with its unique wooden body in the 1940s and 1950s.

Later, rock and roll music became associated with a new electric guitar design, with artists like Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly taking the lead. Leo Fender, a radio repair technician, was the first to create a mass-produced version of the Spanish-style electric guitar. In the 1960s, rock and roll had become a permanent fixture in American music with artists like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles not only popularizing the electric guitar, but beginning to experiment with new sounds it could create. New focus on the visuals of electric guitar design began to emerge in the 1980s, where each make had its own signature look, style, and sound.

Electric Guitars Today

Today, electric guitars are constructed from a number of different materials. The body can be solid, hollow, or semi-hollow, and are often made of synthetic materials. They attach to instrument cables to plug into an amplifier, and usually have the same 6 strings as a regular acoustic guitar. Thanks to advancing technology, some are totally wireless. Makers emphasize their innovative materials and unique design as well as new and developing technical features of these instruments. Of course, inflatable guitars are another story entirely, but you'll surely find a way to rock out just the same.

Author: Robert Stillman CEO

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