The electric guitar is a modern innovation that has greatly revolutionized music. Before its invention, the acoustic guitar was still popular but it could never reach the popularity heights that the electric guitar enjoys today.
The biggest undoing for the acoustic guitar was its low volume sound. The acoustic guitar depended on acoustic amplification of its sound and the resultant sound could never be adequate to entertain very large audiences. Guitarists were also having a hard time trying to make the guitar audible in the midst of other louder musical instruments such as drums and instruments in the brass category.
The electric guitar changed all this. In the electric guitar the musicians found an instrument whose sound could be amplified to very high output levels. Unlike the acoustic guitar that depends on acoustic amplification, the electric guitar uses electric amplification technology to enhance its sound. This is done through a mechanism known as the guitar pickup which transforms the string vibrations into electromagnetic signals that can be manipulated to produce audible sound.
The guitar pickup is usually placed just beneath the guitar strings where it can be able to effectively detect the guitar string vibrations. Once it picks the signals, the signals are converted into electromagnetic signals. These signals are however usually too low to be audible for the human ear. As such, the signals are first fed to a guitar amplifier where they are effectively amplified. From the guitar amplifiers the signals are then channeled to a loudspeaker.
The electric guitar sound amplification system not only works to amplify the sound of the guitar. The amplification system is also used to modify and manipulate the guitar sound to give it different stylistic effects. Some of the most commonly used stylistic effects used in electric guitars include overdrive, reverb, and distortion. All these are stylistic effects that have been used to provide new unique sounds that have proved to be very appealing to the music enthusiasts.
The electric guitar is particularly responsible for creating the Rock Star phenomenon. The initial rock stars were simply musicians who first embraced the electronic guitar. They then made maximum use of the electric guitar effects to produce the new rock and roll sounds. The fast passed tempo and heavy and loud music they produced is what led to the various rock and roll versions that are so popular today.
The rock stars today are usually signified with flashy electric guitars that are made with fancy designs. The appeal of the electric guitar is so great that this instrument has grown to become the choice instrument to use during live performances.
During live performances, use of electronic guitars can be cumbersome due to the wire cables that are traditionally used to transfer the signal from the guitar to the amplifiers. Since many musicians want to have more freedom to move around when performing, many are opting to use wireless guitar systems. Although the use of wireless guitar systems can lead to interruptions due to obstacles, some of the best wireless systems have strong signals and strong reception devices to ensure the guitarists have an uninterrupted performance.