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I'll bet you didn't realize that rock and roll owes the creation of the electric guitar to Hawaiian music! Well, that's a true story. George Beauchamp created the original "frying pan" electric guitar and filed the patent in 1931. George was a musician that played Hawaiian music. He lived in Los Angeles, and supposedly built the prototype of his electric guitar in his kitchen. From then on, music was never the same.
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Patent 2,089,171 - The Electrical Stringed Musical Instrument (The Frying Pan Electric Guitar)
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The Electric Guitar
In their "continuing series Present at the Creation, NPR's Christopher Joyce traces the humble origins of a musical novelty that would eventually shape the sound of rock 'n' roll, and define a "counterculture." But as Joyce discovered, the icon of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle had some humble beginnings."
The Earliest Days of the Electric Guitar
This history of the electric guitar from the Richenbacher International Corporation shows how the idea for the first electric guitar spawned an industry and created a coporation which is over 70 years old!
Source: Rickenbacker International Corporation
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