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The Arts Music Store has you covered when it comes to buying electric guitars in Canada . Whether you’re into rock, rockabilly, jazz, country, soul, blues, big-band music or hip hop etc you’ll find we carry a wide range of instruments to fulfill all your musical needs.

We carry the most popular, exciting and reliable brands on the market such as Gibson, Fender, Epiphone, Yamaha, Gretsch, ESP, Squire, Schecter, PRS, and Ibanez. We also carry a full range of amplifiers and special effects pedals to go with them.

Our team of guitar experts will gladly help you find the perfect instrument for your playing style be it a solid body, hollow body or baritone guitar as well as those who are looking to play more than six strings. We also offer fantastic deals on our collection of fine used guitars.

Solid Body Electric Guitars

When it comes to solid body guitars their roots can be traced back to 1931 when Rickenbacker produce what was known as the Spanish guitar. However, the Fender company was the first to mass produce versions of the instrument in the late 1940’s. One of their earliest models was the Broadcaster, which eventually became the famous Telecaster. Although Les Paul originally invented an earlier version, Gibson didn’t release his model until 1952.  Another famous solid body design soon followed when the Fender Stratocaster was introduced with three pickups rather than the standard two. It also featured a vibrato bar for bending notes. Solid body guitars are very popular in blues, country rock and metal music due to the wide range of sounds they can produce. Other well known solid body guitars include the Firebird and Melody Maker by Gibson and Fender’s Jaguar and Jazzmaster.

Hollow Body Electric Guitars

Hollow Body electric guitars, also known as semi-acoustic, are designed with big, deep hollow bodies and come with electric pickups and a sound box. They can often be played without the need for amplification as they can project the same volume that acoustic guitars can. These models are ideal for intimate and “unplugged’ performances due to their clean, warm tones. Hollow body guitars originally became popular with jazz musicians in the 1930’s and the instruments soon became known as “jazzboxes.” These guitars are well known for their rich, warm tones and are also quite popular with folk, pop, blues, rockabilly and country musicians including George Benson, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and B.B. King. Ibanez, Gretsch, Epiphone and Fender are some of the most famous manufacturers of hollow body guitars with Gibson being the first to produce them with the Electric Spanish series. Gibson also came up with the first full-electric models in the late 1940’s.

Baritone Guitars

A baritone guitar generally has a larger body with a longer scale length and can reach a lower pitch of tuning. Electric models have been produced by most manufacturers since the swinging sixties with Squier, Gretsch and Ibanez being among the most popular brands. The instruments were generally used in classical and surf music as well as movie soundtracks decades ago. But over then years it’s now become popular with jazz, country, rock, and metal guitarists. Some of the most famous baritone players include Duane Eddy, Pat Metheny, Brian Setzer, Ani DiFranco, Brian Wilson, Dave Matthews, Glen Campbell as well as bands such as Staind, Cannibal Corpse, Earth, Deftones, Machine Head, Korn, The Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, The Cure, Fear Factory, and Metallica, who also use seven-string models.

More Than 6-String Guitars

Seven and 8 string guitars by manufacturers such as Ibanez, Jackson and Schecter are quite popular these days due to their lowered tunings and sonic possibilities. Several alternative rock bands, jazz musicians and and metal outfits, such as Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders, Fear Factory, and Deftones, prefer these models because of their non-standard tunings and greater tonal range. The first line of mass-produced seven and eight-string guitars came courtesy of Japanese manufacturer Ibanez.

Frequently Asked Questions About Electric Guitars

To counteract these problems, inventors experimented with solid-body guitars. In 1940, Les Paul created “The Log,” a guitar whose strings and pickups were mounted on a guitar body carved from a solid block of wood. The first recordings of electric guitars were made in 1933 by Hawaiian music artists such as Andy Iona.

Electric guitars can either have a hollow or solid body. Hollow body guitars are used in most genres, but they are primarily used in blues and jazz. They have pickups (which is the difference between a hollow body and acoustic guitar) but also a good low-gain sound (although not at a level of high distortion).

Necks are typically maple or mahogany, and fretboards are typically made frommaple, rosewood, and, occasionally, ebony. High-end electric guitars sometimes have one-piece wooden bodies, but many guitars are made from several pieces of the same wood species glued together.

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