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Joseph Kekuku invents slide guitar

1885

Andres Segovia's first performance

1908

First ever country music album released by Carl T. Sprague, sells 900,000 copies

1925

Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang play a transcendental mix a blues and jazz.

1927

First Electric guitar- the "Frying Pan." by Ro-Pat-In.

1931

First Flat-Top Form Acoustic Guitar

1934

Gibson puts out a guitar/amp package and Charlie Christian popularizes it.

1936

Gibson introduces the cutaway form-high notes can finally be reached with ease

1939

Django Reinhardt records "Nuages" and Gypsy Jazz is born.

1940

T-Bone Walker electrifies the blues

1942

Muddy Waters goes electric. Legitimizes it and the Blues goes modern.

1948

First decent whammy bar is made. For Mule Travis by Bigsby.

1948

Les Paul releases "Lover" w/ effects reminiscent of the future.

1948

Telecaster guitar is released

1950

Gibson releases "Les Paul" guitar.

1952

Elvis recordss with guitarist Scotty Moore and inspire a generation.

1954

the song "That's all right with mama" was particularly influential.

Fender Stratocaster is released

1954

Seth Lover invents humbucker pickups which allows for music to get LOUD!

1955

Chuck Berry really pioneers the rock guitar sound

1955

Bill Haley's "Rock around the Clock" gets real popular.

1955

This song becomes the anthem of the rebellious 50s youth.

Ricky Nelson plays rock on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."

1957

Buddy Holly jams on a stratocaster on the Ed Sullivan Show

1957

Bo Didley's album has primal grooves. The parents could tell and got nervous.

1957

Vox releases the AC15 tube amp. Loud. Amp of choice for the British Invasion.

1958

Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." Super popular and influential.

1958

Link Wray intruduces "Rumble"

1958

He punched an amp for distortion and busted out the power chords.

Duane Eddy makes "Rebel Rouser." really popular.

1958

"The incredible jazz guitar of Wes Montgomery."

1960

Wes Montgomery is considered heir of Charlie Christian.

Robert Johnson's album "King of the Delta Blues" is re-released.

1961

This provides impetus for every British Rock Player. This really kicked off the guitar revolution.

Dick Dale invents Surf Rock with "Surfer's Choice."

1962

The Yardbirds Form

1963

ends up launching the careers of 3 great guitar players: Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck.

Maestro FZ-1 distortion pedal debuts

1963

The Beatles are launched by their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show

1964

Pete Townshend "Auto-destructs"... he smashes his guitar on stage

1964

James Nolen invents funk guitar on James Brown's album.

1965

Rolling Stones "Cant get no satisfaction." Really makes parents nervous.

1965

Bob Dylan goes electric and adds political protest messages to rock music.

1965

BB King releases "live at the regal" and sets a new bar.

1965

Marshall debuts 100 watt amp, Things get REALLY loud.

1965

John Mayall releases "Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton."

1966

Birth of the Guitar Hero. Graffiti saying that "Clapton is God" begins to pop up across London.

The Byrd's release "Eight Miles High." Invents jungle tone and gets banned.

1966

Jimi Hendrix Raises the bar higher than ever.

1967

Plays the Monterey Pop Festival. Burns his guitar, smashes it, and then throws the pieces to the audiences when he's done.

Wah pedal is invented by Vox

1967

Kustom introduces the solid state amp

1967

Jimi Hendrix' "Are you Experienced?" Sets the bar high and makes it clear

1967

Mason Williams's "Classical Gas" makes #1

1968

First time an instrumental makes #1. Really shows that the guitar can hold it's own.

Electroharmonix releases the LPB-1 which boosted guitar signal. LOUD!

1968

Santana is released. Creates Latin Rock.

1969

"Woodstock" celebrates peace, love, and rock n rock. Huge event.

1969

Led Zeppelin comes out. Tons of Styles!

1969

Tom McLaughlin records with Miles Davis. Fusion is born.

1969

First Black Sabbath album- first real heavy metal.

1970

Ovation introduces piezo acoustic/electric pick ups

1970

Allman Brothers release "AT Fillmore Feast."

1971

Deep Purple's "Smoke on the water." most recognizable riff in rock history

1972

Robert Fripp pioneers the use of loop effects. "Frippertronics."

1973

Kiss releases "Alivel." Sells millions.

1975

Jeff Beck's "Blow by blow" album. Benchmark of rock and fusion.

1975

The Ramones invade England. Strip down the music.

1976

"Frampton Come Alive" makes the voice-box effect popular.

1976

Unearthly speed runs are displayed on Al Di Midas' "Land of the Midnight Sun."

1976

first Van Halen album released. Tapping Technique advanced. Raises bar!

1978

Randy Rhoades auditions for Ozzy Osburne. Pioneers really quick stuff.

1979

Paul Reed Smith build's "Golden Eagle" guitar. Raises the bar for building.

1980

John Lennon killed. leaves a legend.

1980

U2 takes guitar effects to new heights with "Boy."

1980

MTV debts new shred guitar. Beamed into living rooms by music vids.

1981

Rhaodes dies and becomes a legend

1982

Stevie Ray Vaughan blues style takes the world by storm.

1983

Yngie Malstreem takes neo-classical to crazy stuff with "Rising Force."

1984

Joe Satriani releases "Surfing with the Alien." best selling instrumental of 80s

1987

Internet is born. Goes on to completely revolutionize music.

1990

Nirvana makes music loud and grungy

1991

Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in helicopter crash. Legendizes the blues.

1991

Jennifer Batten rocks Superbowl XXVII with Micheal Jackson

1993

White Stripes release "White Blood Cells" and re-popularize rock solos.

2001

"Guitar Hero" is released and Classic Rock is repopularized.

2005