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trock.lucasmicrophone

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Came across this statement:

"The first person to play a guitar thru an amp was jazz guitarist Jack Miller. He was playing a Rickenbacker Electro Spanish Guitar at Grauman's Chines Theater in 1932"

If so, they list the guitar, but does anyone know who built the amp? and with what?
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Blue Note

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Cute story. (Jack Miller at the Chinese Theater playing the guitar.)

Wiki reads: " In 1932, Electro String Instruments and amplifier ... introduced a guitar amp with "high output" and a "string driven magnetic pickup". Electro set out the standard template for combo amps: a wooden cabinet with the electronic amplifier mounted inside, and a convenient carrying handle to facilitate transporting the cabinet."

They already had cone drivers, trafos, chokes, and valves by '32.



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John Eppstein

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Blue Note wrote:
Cute story. (Jack Miller at the Chinese Theater playing the guitar.)

Wiki reads: " In 1932, Electro String Instruments and amplifier ... introduced a guitar amp with "high output" and a "string driven magnetic pickup". Electro set out the standard template for combo amps: a wooden cabinet with the electronic amplifier mounted inside, and a convenient carrying handle to facilitate transporting the cabinet."

They already had cone drivers, trafos, chokes, and valves by '32.



- Ofra Stack

Of course the cone drivers did not yet have permanent magnets - which meant the the speaker field coil was in fact, a choke in the main power supply circutry...

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octafish

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FWIW, the Wikipedia has this version of who was first.

The earliest documented performance with an electrically amplified guitar was in 1932, by Gage Brewer, a musician based in Wichita, Kansas. He had an Electric Hawaiian A-25 (frypan, lap steel) and a standard Electric Spanish from George Beauchamp of Los Angeles.

The source is this article in Vintage Guitar: http://www.vintageguitar.com/3588/ro-pat-in-electric-spanish/.

But the article refers to the output jack as an 'input jack', so I guess all bets are off.

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