5 Things You Need to Learn Electric Guitar

So you want to learn electric guitar, huh? Is it because your favorite rock star looks so cool jamming on stage? Is it the prestige and confidence that comes with being able to say, “Yeah, I play guitar” to your friends? Or maybe you just want to challenge yourself by learning how to play music on an extremely versatile instrument.

Whatever the reason for starting, there are 5 things that are essential for anyone picking up the guitar for the first time.

1. An electric guitar!

OK, a bit obvious, but yes, in order to learn how to play this instrument you will actually need an electric guitar to practice on. No, a Guitar Hero guitar does not count!

You can get a decent electric guitar for a couple hundred bucks at any music store. The brand, quality and price will all depend on how serious of a player you want to be and the style of music you want to play.

2. Amplifier

Think of a guitar and amplifier as a married couple. The right pair will be able to enhance each other’s strengths while the wrong pair will amplify (pun intended) their weakness.

For example, if you’re a metal head and want to rock some

Popular Guitars: Fender

Back in 1938 in Fullerton California a man named Leo Fender opened Fender’s Radio Service, a company that did repairs to radios, phonographs, musical instrument amplifiers and home audio pieces. Trade was good, and he even sidelined by selling records in his store and also had built company made PA systems that they rented out to groups and individuals alike.

Fast forward a few years and the company branched out and started manufacturing Hawaiian lap steel guitars and amps which they sold in sets. By 1950, however, they introduced the first mass-produced solid body, Spanish style electric guitar which exploded in popularity so they created and sold an electric bass in the same style.

The guitars that we know and associate with the Fender brand first appeared in 1954 with the Stratocaster, affectionately known as The Strat. It immediately became popular because of its comfortable contoured edges and the built in vibrato system, things that just hadn’t been manufactured into a guitar before. The players loved it and sales soared.

Fender Guitars are known for their solid wood bodies, their quality construction and manufacture, and the fact that they give the user minimal feedback, something not found in many imitation guitars. The quality

Famous Guitars: Gibson

When you think of guitars, even if you’re not an avid player, a few names come to mind. There are Fender guitars and there are Gibson guitars. Fender got its start back in 1938 when they opened a radio repair store. It wasn’t until 1954 though that the famous Fender Strat guitar hit the market. Gibson, on the other hand was established back in 1902 in Kalamazoo, Michigan by a man named Orville Gibson, and his start wasn’t with fixing radios.

Orville started his company to produce mandolins. Back in 1898 he patented the first single piece mandolin that was durable and also able to be mass marketed. He began to sell his instruments in the late 1800’s and eventually came across a design for an arch top guitar, something that hadn’t been seen before. By the 1930’s the company were making flat top acoustic guitars as well as one of the first commercially available hollow body electric guitars to hit the market.

Sadly, Orville Gibson died a few years after his company was founded in 1902 but his legacy lives on to this day. It is this company, of course, that manufactures the ultra popular and iconic Gibson Les Paul, a