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    how influential have electric guitars been?

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    I was wondering if you guys know how electric guitars have influenced all kinds of music ranging from the blues, jazz, rock, metal to pop, r&b, hiphop/rap, techno/trance/electronica, country, etc. ?

    Also I was wondering if you guys have any websites that explain some of this influence and the history of the influence of electric guitars.

    thanks

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    I think you should do your own homework

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    I am...right here too

    I'm reading some books right now but I need more info so I've come to you guys to find more sources or advice if possible.

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    Re: how influential have electric guitars been?

    Originally posted by bball_1523
    I was wondering if you guys know how electric guitars have influenced all kinds of music ranging from the blues, jazz, rock, metal to pop, r&b, hiphop/rap, techno/trance/electronica, country, etc. ?

    Also I was wondering if you guys have any websites that explain some of this influence and the history of the influence of electric guitars.

    thanks

    You are asking a question that has no answer.

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    well I'd like speculation if that's possible, I'd like some ideas...

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    Well, I've never heard a guitarist do a 2 1/2 step bend on the 24th fret of an acoustic guitar.

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    Originally posted by grinder
    Well, I've never heard a guitarist do a 2 1/2 step bend on the 24th fret of an acoustic guitar.



    I have never seen an acoustic guitar with 24 frets.

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    Alright bball.... I'll step up to the plate and take a swing. I'll give you two tantalizing tidbits:

    First off, think about this: nothing changed the face of music in the 20th century more than......electricity. Before that the guitar was just a background instrument in jazz ensembles. Now suddenly guitarists had the means to amplify and attain volume they needed to play leads and compete w/ instruments that were acoustically very loud, like the sax and trumpet. From there it was guys like Charlie Christian that pioneered the guitar as such. It literally changed the face of popular music.

    Second, up until the 20th century the piano was the most popular and widely played instrument. Now it's the guitar. Why? Again.... partly due to electricity, but more importantly due to Leo Fender, who approached luthiery from a mass-production angle and made the guitar accessable as an "every-man's" instrument.

    And a bonus: it wasn't until the '80's that the electric guitar became widely accepted as a solo instrument in pop music, thanks to Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen among others. There are earlier examples of screaming solos in pop songs, but not until the '80's was is really considered cool to have ripping guitars in a country song or pop song.

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    Originally posted by Outlaws


    I have never seen an acoustic guitar with 24 frets.
    That was my point.Of course I'm sure some maniac has built one.

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