The output of an electric guitar is an electric signal, and the signal can be altered by electronic circuits to add "color" to the sound or change the sound.
Often the signal is modified using effects such as reverb and distortion and "overdrive", with the growling sound of the latter being a key element of the sound of the electric guitar as it is used in blues and rock music.
An electric guitar is a fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals.
The vibration occurs when a guitarist strums, plucks, fingerpicks, or taps the strings.
During the 1950s and 1960s, the electric guitar became the most important instrument in pop music.
It has evolved into an instrument that is capable of a multitude of sounds and styles in genres ranging from pop and rock to country music, blues and jazz.
It served as a major component in the development of electric blues, rock and roll, rock music, heavy metal music and many other genres of music.
Electric guitar design and construction vary greatly in the shape of the body and the configuration of the neck, bridge, and pickups.
The solid-body electric guitar is made of solid wood, without functionally resonating air spaces.Many experiments at electrically amplifying the vibrations of a string instrument were made dating back to the early part of the 20th century.Patents from the 1910s show telephone transmitters were adapted and placed inside violins and banjos to amplify the sound.Invented in 1931, the amplified electric guitar was adopted by jazz guitarists, who wanted to play single-note guitar solos in large big band ensembles.Early proponents of the electric guitar on record included Les Paul, Lonnie Johnson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, T-Bone Walker, and Charlie Christian.