Five Historical Facts That Make
Guitar Even Cooler
Five Historical Facts That Make Guitar Even Cooler
Ever wondered where the most beloved instrument of today got its roots?
On our mission to advance aforementioned beloved instrument into new realms, we got to thinking about the past, too. As we move towards innovation, looking back on the history of guitar opens new conversations, and provides some cool perspective about where we’ve been and more importantly—where we’re headed.
1. The first guitar relic was created 3500 years ago. Is it safe to say it’s essentially a part of our DNA? Found buried with its owner Har-Mose in Egypt, this ‘guitar’ was probably used to entertain Queen Hatshepsut’s Architect and (who knows?) perhaps the Queen herself.
2. The word ‘guitar’ comes from the13th century latin word “chithara”. The first use of the word “guitar” was for the Guitarra Moresca and the Guitarra Latina, both Spanish instruments with similarities to the modern guitar.
3. Before the Guitar, there was the Lute. A descendent of the Arabic oud, the lute was brought to Western Europe during renaissance times and was held in high social esteem, especially compared to the guitar. It can have up to 24 strings and has a soft ‘tinnier’ tone.
4. Before the Classical guitar, there was the baroque. Smaller in size and more ornately decorated, the baroque guitar has a soft, gentle tone similar to other baroque instruments of that time.
5. The first “electric guitar” came about in 1931. Since the big band days started in the 1920’s, people were bent on figuring out a way to increase the volume of guitars. George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker achieved this by creating an electromagnetic pickup. This contraption involved a coil of wire wrapped around a magnet. When an electrical current passed through, the coil amplified the sound of the strings as they vibrated.
The latest evolution of guitar? The Boho Guitar, of course. Not unlike the device Beauchamp dreamed up in the 1930’s, the electromagnetic properties of the pickup in a Bohemian Guitar interact with the hollow, metal body and metal strings. The effect creates a harmonically rich tone that is entirely unique to the Bohemian Guitar.
The inner skeleton of the body is made of reclaimed woods that increases the acoustic amplification, creating an impeccable union between traditional guitar and the bright metallic flavor of electric sounds.