Buying an Electric Guitar
Sam Ash Music Direct carries the nation's largest selection of electric guitars, amps, pickups, and guitar accessories, available at the lowest prices and best deals (often including free shipping!). Since 1924 (seven years before the electric guitar was invented), Sam Ash Music Direct has built and maintained strong relationships with top guitar manufacturers worldwide to ensure you receive the newest and best electric guitars on the market today.
Our top-notch line of electric guitars includes some of the highest quality brands in the industry, including Gibson, Fender, Paul Reed Smith, Ibanez, Gretsch, ESP, BC Rich electric guitars, and so many more. These often include custom signature lines built for some of the best guitarists the world has ever seen, and our inventory of guitars is always expanding to keep up with the latest releases, trends, and customer demands.
Browse our vast selection of electric guitars or speak to an expert at 1-800-472-6274!
We are the largest family owned and operated music store in the United States, and we pride ourselves on employing musicians to work in every aspect of our business. Whether in one of our retail stores or at our online call center, when you buy from Sam Ash Music Direct, rest assured there’s a musician on the other end of the line ready to point you towards the guitar that best fits your style.
Electric Guitars For Any Experience Level
Whether you are a beginning musician or a seasoned pro, we have the instruments, the gear, the accessories and the music that you want — and we'll get it to you fast and hassle-free! If you’re unsure of where to start (Telecaster vs. Stratocaster? Gibson vs. Fender?), check out our Electric Guitar Buyers Guide to help steer you towards the electric guitar perfect for you!
Like most inventions, the electric guitar had to weather numerous failures over many years before striking gold and changing the world as we know it. Starting in the early 1910s, some inventors tried attaching telephone transmitters to string instruments (violins, banjos, etc.). In the 1920s, some people tried hooking carbon button microphones to the bridges of these instruments, but the placement resulted in a flood of vibration from the bridge rather than the strings and body.
However, in 1931 George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker invented the first workable electric guitar pickup, which they put on a lap steel guitar. With the growing need for guitar amplification in the Big Band era, 1932 was both the first year you could buy an electric guitar commercially and the first time anyone heard an electric guitar during a live performance (Gage Brewer played an Electric Hawaiian A-25 lap-steel guitar).
Later in the 1930s Eddie Durham pioneered the electrified jazz guitar. Then in the late 1940s Leo Fender and Les Paul each came up with the solid-body electric guitar originating models (the Telecaster and Les Paul, respectively) that are still made, played, and loved today. From there, the old saying goes, the rest is history.
America began its life-long love affair with the electric guitar in the 1950s and 1960s (thanks, rock and roll!), and since then the electric guitar has defined and redefined generations of music across all genres.