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Few instruments are more synonymous with a musical genre than an electric guitar with rock ‘n’ roll. An electric guitar can do much more than blast rock music. From jazz, funk, and heavy metal to country, reggae, and shoegaze indie rock, electric guitars are ubiquitous in music since their invention.

What Is an Electric Guitar?

An electric guitar is a guitar that produces sound by vibrating strings over a pickup that converts the vibrations into electrical signals. Those signals are fed into an amplifier, which projects the musical performance at a wide range of volumes. Most pickups function using electromagnetic induction, although non-magnetic pickups exist on a small number of electric guitars.