When was the first electric guitar invented?
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  1. The first electric guitar to have commercial success was the Rickenbacker "Frying Pan" in 1932, a model played on the musician's lap. At first, since it sounded nothing like an acoustic, this guitar took a while to be embraced. Meanwhile, other people were experimenting with the idea of a new variation on the electric guitar. One step in this direction was Les Paul's guitar, constructed on a piece of pine, called "The Log." The development of the solid-body electric guitar was a major leap forward. In 1950, Leo Fender developed such a guitar for mass production. Next, Gibson unveiled its own solid-body electric guitar. From the 1950s onward, rock musicians made Gibson, Les Paul, Fender and Rickenbacker into household names.

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