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Strategic Inflection Points - Guitars

1. Gibson Style O - 1908

2. National Style O - 1926

3. Rickenbacker Electro Spanish - 1932

4. Gibson Les Paul Gold Top - 1952

5. Fender Stratocaster - 1954

6. Gibson Double - 12 - Late 1950s

7. Stienberger Bass - 1982

8. Ibanez - 1990

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Comment by Eric Garland on November 24, 2009 at 7:24am
Vivek, we will need to start another website with a spare 100,000 pages to properly discuss this. And that's just to discuss the impact of CBS purchasing Fender and/or the innovation's of Line 6 on the effects modeling world.
Comment by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 24, 2009 at 7:04am

Although the classic acoustic version is still widely strummed, it is the electric guitar that has stolen the limelight and determined the evolution of the instrument's shape and sound.

Introduced in the 1930s, the first electric guitars merely electrically amplified the acoustic guitar sound, but in the 1940s solid body guitars with a bright new sound were being designed.

in 1950, the pioneering Leo Fender released the first mass produced solid body - the Broadcaster, following up its success with the legendary Stratocaster.

Today, guitars are produced in innovative shapes and constructed of new materials, although these rarely improve the sound.

Comment by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 24, 2009 at 6:57am
Yes Eric,

You are right. Although Ibanez japanese production began in 1960s, from mid 1970s however, the quality of japanese guitar designs improved dramatically with original designs.

What I was referring to here was the japanese Ibanez model with metallic finish which was particularly popular in 1990s. The bright metallic finish is a typical of Ibanez's six string guitars with ebony fingerboard which is a sign of quality.
Comment by Eric Garland on November 23, 2009 at 10:02am

* Roland GR-300 synth guitar
* Floyd Rose locking tremolo
* Parker Fly guitars
* Modulus graphite necks
* Amplifier modeling synthesis
* Buzz Feiten tuning
* Carvin mail order JIT inventory and manufacturing
* Computer assisted neck dressings

I would also argue that Ibanez began influencing guitar design well before 1990. But then, this would get long in a hurry.

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