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George Beauchamp

George Beauchamp
Born George Delmetia Beauchamp
(1899-03-18)March 18, 1899
Coleman County, Texas, United States
Died March 20, 1941(1941-03-20) (aged 42)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Inventor

George Delmetia Beauchamp (March 18, 1899 – March 30, 1941) was an American inventor of musical instruments and a founder of National Stringed Instrument Corporation and Rickenbacker guitars.

Biography

He was born in Coleman County, Texas on March 18, 1899. Beauchamp performed in Vaudeville, playing the violin and the lap steel guitar, before he settled in Los Angeles, California. During the 1920s, he experimented with the creation of electric lap steel guitars, electric guitars, electric bass guitars, electric violins, and instrument amplifiers. In 1931 he joined with Paul Barth and Adolph Rickenbacker to form the Ro-Pat-In Corporation to produce and sell electrified string instruments. In 1937 Beauchamp secured a United States patent for the electric guitar.

He died of a heart attack in 1941 while deep-sea fishing near Los Angeles. He was survived by his wife, Myrtle, and two children, Frances and Nolan.

Inventions

  • 1929: Patent applied for the single-cone dobro guitar, patent #1,808,756
  • 1934: Patent applied for the electric lap steel guitar (nicknamed the frying pan), patent #2,089,171
  • 1936: Patent applied for the electric guitar (called the electro Spanish guitar, which was a hollow-body electric guitar)
  • 1936: Patent applied for the [[electric
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