The electric guitar was developed in the early 20th century in order to make the guitar a louder part of the big orchestras that were prevalent at the time, and which had until then drowned out the sound of quieter acoustic guitars. The use of electromagnetic “pickups” to convert the sound of the guitar into an electrical signal meant that artists could now use electric amplifiers to make themselves heard.
Of course, it wasn’t long before someone thought of overdriving the amplifiers, creating that big rock ‘n’ roll sound we all know and love.
These days, a wide range of electric guitars are available. The biggest brands includes names such as Gibson, which famously brought out the Gibson Les Paul in the early 1950s, and Fender, whose Stratocaster and Telecaster models enjoy iconic status and adorn the walls of many a Hard Rock Café.
Electric guitars are often said to be much easier to play. And for certain things they are. But you should decide on a type of guitar based on what type of music you enjoy. Rock riffing and soloing, as well as a lot of the trickier jazz licks, work best on the thinner necks and lighter strings of an electric guitar. Finger-style country, on the other hand, is hard to do on an electric guitar because the strings are a bit too close together.