As much as we love a good story about that Eureka! moment, big inventions don't really come out of thin air.
Who deserves credit for inventing the electric guitar? The answer is complicated.
The electric guitar was not an invention but the result of an evolution. And of course, the instrument continued to evolve even after its template was set in the middle of the 20th century.
The electrics we play every day ultimately emerged thanks to the advent of electrified sound, the changing demands of musicians, and marketplace competition.
There were a lot of small innovations along the way to bring us the electric guitar as we currently know it.