Present at the Creation: The Electric Guitar Until about 70 years ago, musical instruments remained pretty much the same as they were for centuries. Then a new invention changed modern music and popular culture as well -- the electric guitar. For the continuing series Present at the Creation, NPR's Christopher Joyce traces the origins of an instrument that changed popular music forever.
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Present at the Creation: The Electric Guitar

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<i>Present at the Creation</i>: The Electric Guitar

Present at the Creation: The Electric Guitar

Present at the Creation: The Electric Guitar

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Until about 70 years ago, musical instruments remained pretty much the same as they were for centuries. Then a new invention changed modern music and popular culture as well — the electric guitar. For the continuing series Present at the Creation, NPR's Christopher Joyce traces the origins of an instrument that changed popular music forever.

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