The “frying Pan” was the first electric lap steel guitar created by George Beauchamp in 1931 and manufactured by Rickenbacker Electro. The instrument earned its frying pan nickname because of its circular body and long neck.

The acoustic guitar was a staple of American rural music in the early 20th century mainly in black rural music such as the blues. The electric guitar was the instrument that revolutionized jazz, blues and country music making the rise of rock and roll possible. It was recognized by the U.S. Patent Office August 10, 1937—76 years ago.

George Beauchamp developed a method for transforming the sound of a vibrating guitar string into an electrical signal that was amplified and re-converted into audible sound at a much greater volume. The electric guitar has sealed its place in the transformation of popular music.

There’s a rich history attached to the electric guitar, but I’ll keep it pithy. Please enjoy the video of While My Guitar Gently Weeps with George Harrison and Eric Clapton. FYI—also on stage on stage Jeff Lynne guitar (former ELO), Mark King bass, Elton John piano, Ringo Starr drums, Phil Collins drums, Ray Cooper percussion:

3 Comments on While My Guitar Gently Weeps: First-ever electric guitar the “frying pan” August 10, 1937

  1. June Bug says:

    Love it. I miss George Harrison my favorite Beatle.

  2. Liam says:

    This is a great web site. The content is refreshingly different and engaging. Love the brief history and the video. Thanks.

  3. Joe Pickford says:

    Very nice post. Keep up the good work.

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