Hey! Don’t Forget The Log!…

Now that’s really cryptic…

In continuing our theme;

Who actually invented the Electric Guitar?


After all that carrying on about Stratocasters…you just might presume that Leo Fender started it all. A great many people would support that claim.

At the time, what Fender did that was so extraordinary was to employ the principles of mass production to making guitars. All the new Fender models played well, were wildly colorful, were quite affordable, and most of all…were identical. People were being slowly weaned away from the tried-and-true Gibson formula of fine craftsmanship by European elves.

And to add insult to injury, Fender also released the first electric bass.

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But…an equal number hold that the Gibson company started the whole thing. Their claim is based on The Log, Les Paul’s original design of a small,02-07_full

solid piece of wood with pickups, strings and a neck. It had no resonating chamber at all, and worked perfectly well when connected to an amplifier (another category that was in its infancy in the 1940’s. )

Depending exactly on how you would define electric guitar, you get some intriguing responses to all this.

Les Paul’s Log was never meant for general use; Gibson simply used it as the heart of several different body styles ( Les Paul, SG, 335, Firebird, Flying V, Explorer ) The Log worked, but needed to have a relatively conventional body shape attached to it to make it palatable to the public.

Les Paul  then went on to develop his own complementary design of a solid-body instrument with Gibson’s sponsorship; the Les Paul.


This is also considered by many to be the most- used, most- heard electric guitar on the planet.

Depends on who you ask…

But then…there’s Adolf Rickenbacker. In 1937, he put a product on the market that he called the Frying Pan. It was not exactly a conventional guitar, but a lap steel. But, it was electric, and was sold with a cool little amplifier…

So…you tell me…who came first?

The chicken, or the egg…or the other chicken…



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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. haha the chicken…egg chicken. Yes, I’ve researched the Log before but not the rick. Great post. If it wasn’t for the founder of a great many modern advances we wouldn’t have any electric guitars anyway. They built on technology that was available. So we could almost credit Edison with the electric guitar….just sayin and being goofy. Peace.

  2. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally,
    it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.

    You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw
    away your intelligence on just posting videos
    to your weblog when you could be giving us something enlightening to

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