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  • Fender 2017 Limited Edition Shedua Top Stratocaster Electric Guitar

    Fender 2017 Limited Edition Shedua Top Stratocaster Electric Guitar

     
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  • Gretsch G6128T Duo Jet Electric Guitar with Bigsby (SN:JT16682802)

    Gretsch G6128T Duo Jet Electric Guitar with Bigsby (SN:JT16682802)

     
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  • Fender American Elite Stratocaster Electric Guitar Sky Burst Metallic (SN:US16128545)

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  • Fender American Elite Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic Pearl (SN:US16128865)

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  • Fender American Elite Telecaster Thinline Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar Natural (SN:US16130537)

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  • Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic White (SN:US17046775)

    Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic White (SN:US17046775)

     
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  • Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Majesty Monarchy Electric Guitar Majestic Purple (SN:M04685)

  • Ibanez Limited Edition 30th Anniversary JEM777 Steve Vai Signature Electric Guitar Desert Yellow (SN:F1700060)

    Ibanez Limited Edition 30th Anniversary JEM777 Steve Vai Signature Electric Guitar Desert Yellow (SN:F1700060)

     
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  • Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Majesty Monarchy 7 7-String Electric Guitar Majestic Purple (SN:M04784)

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  • ESP E-II M-II Neck Thru Electric Guitar Black (SN:ES0082163)

    ESP E-II M-II Neck Thru Electric Guitar Black (SN:ES0082163)

     
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  • Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa 'Treasure' Firebird-I Electric Guitar (Polymist Gold) (Open Box)

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  • Paul Reed Smith S2 Standard 24 Electric Guitar (Dot Inlays) (Egyptian Gold) (Open Box)

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    Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2016 T Electric Guitar Iced Tea (SN:160076800)

     
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.