Going back through the history of the guitar, there have been guitar like instruments that did exist during ancient times; however, we find the first written account of a guitar in the 14th century. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the guitar would then go on to become popular all throughout Europe. During the 19th century, guitar makers began to broaden the body of the guitar; they thinned out the belly, increase the waist curve, and also totally made a change with the internal bracing. Sor even played his guitar as a soloist with the London Philharmonic back in 1817, and during this period Stradivarius was making guitars as well as making violins.

The father of the modern guitar is considered to be Antonio de Torres, since until his time the guitar was quite small and very narrow. He worked on the design of the guitar and made it bigger, also working on making it louder and on improving the sound of the guitar as well.

It was George Beauchamp that got the first patent in 1936 for an electric guitar. Beauchamp later went on to help found the Rickenbacker Company that produced electric guitars. Paul McCartney also would use a Rickenbacker bass guitar when he was recording, and throughout their careers, the Beatles were known for using this brand of guitars.

The other two pioneer companies that dealt in electric guitars included Gibson Guitar Corporation and Fender Musical Instruments Company.

By Johnny Stall

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