- Solid body
A solid body electric instrument is a
string instrumentsuch as a guitar, bass or violinbuilt without its normal sound boxand relying on its electric pickup system to directly receive the vibrations of the strings.
Solid body instruments are preferred in situations where
acoustic feedbackmay otherwise be a problem, and are inherently both cheaper to build and more rugged than acoustic electricinstruments.
Solid body instruments
Electric upright bass.
* A few
Solid body instruments do not include:
Electric pianos, even those with strings such as the electric grand piano.
Pedal steel guitar.
lap steel guitars without sounding boards are considered to be solid body instruments by some authorities, and not by others. This has a major effect on some claims of historical priority, as they predate the first models of solid body electric guitar, which may otherwise be claimed to be the first commercially successful solid body instruments. While noting this, it will be assumed that electric lap steels without sounding boards are solid body instruments for the purposes of this article.
A solid body
electric violinwas proposed by Thomas EdisonFact|date=December 2007.
The first commercially successful solid body instrument was the
Rickenbacker"frying pan" lap steel guitar, produced from from 1931 to 1939.
The first commercially successful solid body
electric guitarwas the Fender Telecaster(The early Telecaster models had no model name on the head stock and are now referred to as 'No Casters") in 1950. It was followed by the Gibson Les Paulin 1952.
Impact on musical styles
Solid body instruments have particularly influenced
heavy rockand surf music. Without solid body guitars, neither of these genres could have developed as they did.Fact|date=December 2007
* 3rd bridge guitar
* [http://www.history-of-rock.com/guitarstwo.htm The History of the Electric Solid Body Guitar] .
* [http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/electricguitar/index.htm From Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise of the Electric Guitar] at the
Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Centersite.
* [http://www.gibson.com/products/gibson/Stories/LesPaul.html The Les Paul Story] at the
Gibson Guitar Corporationsite.
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