How Your Favorite Gear Changed Over Time

When the Les Paul first arrived, it had bright single-coil pickups and a tailpiece that a lot of players didn't like, including Les Paul himself. It was a far cry from the powerful, sustain-rich Les Paul Standards still built today.

Likewise, the MPC sampling workstation went through three iterations before including features that modern producers take for granted, like built-in effects.

No matter what you play, the musical instruments you know and love today have been refined since their introduction.

How did they become the instruments they are right now? What are the differences between, say, a Juno from 1984 and a Juno-X from 2022? Find out in our timelines.

Guitar & Effects Timelines

When did the batwing pickguard come to the SG? What was the first Tele to get a neck humbucker? Check these timelines to see.

Synths & Electronic Gear Timelines

Ensoniq changed the production, then disappeared. Roland's SPs endure, morphing with the times. Know where these tools come from so you know where to take them next.

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