INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TECHNOLOGY
The Electric Guitar
Although other designs were produced in the 1930s though not generally available, it was Rickenbacker USA in 1933 that first produced a viable electric guitar, made of aluminium and nicknamed “The Frying Pan”. The idea was further developed by one Les Paul in the early 40s using a 4x4 post attached to a guitar neck with home made pickups. It wasn’t until the early 50s that Leo Fender designed the first commercially successful electric guitar the “Esquire” and in 1954 introduced what has become the world’s most famous electric guitar, the Fender “Stratocaster”.