Rickenbacker Electro A-22 – The first commercially available electric guitar is being exhibited in Vermillion

George Beauchamp created the “Frying Pan” in 1931, and it was subsequently manufactured by Rickenbacker Electro. The instrument Rickenbacker Electro A-22 earned its nickname because its circular body and long neck make it resemble a frying pan.

It was designed to capitalize on the popularity of Hawaiian music in the 1930s. The instrument was made of cast aluminum, and featured a pair of horseshoe magnets that arched over the strings.

National Music Museum

Beauchamp and machinist Adolph Rickenbacker began selling the guitar in 1932, but Beauchamp was not awarded a patent for his idea until 1937, which allowed other guitar companies to produce electric guitars in the same period.

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