Antonio Torres Jurado built the first acoustic guitar that most people recognize today. He expanded on a design created by Jose Pages and Josef Benedid.Know More
The modern acoustic guitar came about at the end of the 18th century. No one really knows if the first guitar was unveiled in Italy or France, but what is known is that Jurado turned those guitars into the ones musicians use today. Jurado increased the guitar's body size, improved on the fan shape of the struts and increased the distance between the bridge and the nut. His guitar design was loud enough to be played with an orchestra and wouldn't be drowned out by the other instruments. Despite the new design and increased versatility, the acoustic guitar failed to become a popular instrument.
In 1965, John Williams began to see the appeal and potential of the classical guitar, so he offered lessons in the United Kingdom. As its popularity increased, new designs to the guitar were made. "Cat gut" strings were replaced with nylon and metal strings, and certain models of the acoustic guitar were modified to be louder than ever before. By the end of the 1930s, amplifiers were invented, which gave acoustic guitars a brand-new life.Learn more about Inventions
In 1825, the first public railway came into existence when George Stephenson built the Stockton Darlington railway line. In 1830, George Stephenson built the railway between Liverpool and Manchester. Earlier, on July 25, 1814, he had tested his first locomotive on the Cillingwood railway with eight wagons loaded with coal.Full Answer >
Many historians attribute the first-known gear mechanism to the South-Pointing Chariot in ancient China. Toothed gears were later described by the Ancient Greeks.Full Answer >
Apple debuted the first iPod to the public on October 23, 2001. Internally, the project was referred to as Dulcimer and was conducted under the leadership of Tony Fadell, who conceptualized the device in February of 2001.Full Answer >
The first jukebox was invented by Louis Glass and his business partner, William S. Arnold, in 1889. They gave their first demonstration of the pay-to-play device on November 23, 1889 at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. Glass and Arnold patented their new device as a "Coin Actuated Attachment for Phonograph."Full Answer >