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A Brief History of Electric Guitar Distortion

Like nearly everything in human history, the raucous, screaming electric guitar that became the sound of rock was mostly the result of an accident. While amplifier manufacturers like Fender were trying to create the loudest, cleanest sound possible, guitarists of the late 40s and early 50s were doing exactly the opposite — trying to coax the most tortured sounds possible from their gear. Polyphonic goes through the history of the sound that changed popular music forever, from destroying speakers to the invention of the fuzz pedal.

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