Invented in 1931, the electric guitar became a necessity as jazz guitarists sought to amplify their sound in the big band format.
Early proponents of the electric guitar on record included: Les Paul, Lonnie Johnson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, T-Bone Walker, and Charlie Christian.
During the 1950s and 1960s, the electric guitar became the most important instrument in pop music. It has evolved into a stringed musical instrument that is capable of a multitude of sounds and styles.
It served as a major component in the development of rock and roll and many other genres of music.