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The United States is a nation of ideas, which is why we're asking you to help us select America's greatest innovation.
Over the next several weeks, we're asking you to cast your ballot for one of nine fantastic innovations, or nominate one yourself.
Our series, "The Search for America's Greatest Innovation, is produced in partnership with ASME, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, and the Lemelson Foundation.
Here, Vernon Reid, guitarist, songwriter, composer, and founder of the rock band Living Colour, makes his case for why the electric guitar is in fact America's greatest innovation.
See all of the innovations we're profiling and cast your ballot here.