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Solid Body Electric Guitars

It's hard to think back to a time when there wasn't such a thing as solid body electric guitars. Since the 1950s, solid body electric guitars have been the driving force behind popular music of all genres. From pop to blues, jazz to metal, the solid body electric guitar is an incredibly diverse instrument

The year is 1940, and popular guitarist Les Paul has invented a guitar nicknamed “the Log”. Made after-hours in the Epiphone guitar factory, Les adorned a 4x4 with wings made from an Epiphone hollow-body guitar, and tried to present it to Gibson in 1941. Initially, Gibson didn’t believe there was a market for a solid body guitar. They changed their minds pretty quickly when, in 1950, Leo Fender started marketing two solid body models, the Fender Esquire and Broadcaster (later re-named the Telecaster). Gibson fired back with the Les Paul in 1952, to which Fender responded with the Stratocaster in 1954. From then on, the solid body electric guitar became the most important instrument in popular music.

Why A Solid Body?

Unlike a hollow or semi-hollow instrument, a solid body guitar has no resonant chambers. Because of this, players are able to push an amp harder without experiencing unwanted feedback. You can also hold out notes longer thanks to increased sustain. Sonically, solid body guitars are known for a more focused low end compared to semi-hollow and hollow body guitars. And if you are a guitar player who is fond of pedals, solid body electric guitars will typically respond better to effects.

The Perfect Solid Body For You

There are many things to take into consideration when shopping for a solid body electric guitar. First, there are three commonly used construction methods when building a solid body electric guitar: bolt-on, set-neck and neck-through. The difference between each is how the neck is joined to the body. Then you've got to take a look at the woods used to make the guitar. Each is going to resonate differently and add a little something to your tone, hence the term "tonewood". You also need to consider scale length, neck profile, pickup configuration, and much more. With so many options on the market, it can be a bit overwhelming. Sam Ash carries a wide variety of solid body electric guitars, so you are sure to find your perfect guitar.

If you need help finding just the right gear, give us a call at 1-800-472-6274, where real musicians are standing by with the musical knowledge and expertise to help you satisfy all your musical needs!