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Solid Body Electric Guitar
© Frank Ford, 2/7/01; Photos by FF

By far the most common style of electric guitar is the "solid body" style:

Made in myriad styles, the one thing they all have in common is the fact that the body has no hollow chambers or holes to project the acoustic sound.

The bodies of these instruments are quite heavy, being made of solid wood:

And, they are much smaller and shallower than their acoustic counterparts. Solid body electric guitars are nearly silent when played, unless they are plugged into amplification equipment. But, when they ARE plugged in, look out!

The solid body electric guitar has probably done more to change the sound of popular music on our planet than any other device ever made.

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