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Electric Guitars

Electric Guitars for Sale: Wide Selection of Top Brands We offer a wide range of new and used electric guitars from leading brands like Fender, Collings, Taylor, Heritage, and more. As authorized dealers, we have many high-quality electric guitars in stock and ready to ship. Perfect for beginners, electric guitars have smaller necks and lighter strings compared to acoustic guitars, making them easier to play. However, they do require amplification through guitar amps to produce a louder sound.

The Inception of Electric Guitars: A Brief History The invention of electric guitars dates back to the 1930s, when guitar players needed louder instruments to keep up with larger bands and eventually rock and roll. Electric guitars work on the principle of magnetism, where a magnetic pickup detects the vibration of the metal strings and converts it into an electric signal that is amplified through a guitar amplifier.

How Much Do Electric Guitars Cost? The cost of electric guitars varies widely, ranging from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars for rare vintage models.

Why Choose a Small Independent Guitar Store? Support local economies and family-owned businesses by choosing to buy from a small independent guitar store like Northern Lights Music. Unlike big chain stores like Guitar Center, Sweetwater, and Musicians Friend, which are owned by hedge funds and other investors, small independent stores offer a more personalized experience, individual attention, and lasting relationships.

Iconic Electric Guitar Designs from the 1950s and 1960s The history of electric guitars took off in the 1950s with the introduction of iconic models from brands like Leo Fender and Gibson. The popular Fender Telecaster was one of the earliest electric guitar designs and featured a solid maple neck and two pickups. The Fender Stratocaster, introduced later, had a contoured body and three single coil pickups. The Gibson Les Paul, another classic design, featured humbucking pickups and a solid mahogany body and neck, making it a favorite for driving amplifiers into distortion in rock and roll and later, metal. These iconic designs, the Les Paul, Telecaster, and Stratocaster, remain popular to this day and are replicated by numerous brands with their own twists on headstock design, color options, and pickups.

Finding Your Sound and Choosing Your Tone Start by exploring the music of your favorite artists to find the right electric guitar for your style. Pay attention to the style of guitar they play and the pedals and amplifiers they use, as these are key to their signature sound.

Solidbody vs. Chambered Body Guitars Solid body guitars, such as the Stratocaster and Telecaster, are made from solid chunks of wood and have little acoustic tone. Les Pauls can also be solid, but sometimes, guitarists prefer chambered body guitars to reduce weight during long gigs or extended playing. Chambered body guitars have pockets of wood removed from inside the body, such as the Thin-line telecaster, which features a visible chambered body.