International Guitar Month: Day 5 – Fun Facts

I love learning about the guitar so I have been searching the web for fun and fascinating facts about the guitar. I know these are not all of the facts, so if you have one, add it in the comments section.

  1. Guitar is one of the most played instruments, next to the Piano.
  2. Guitar is made out of wood and strung with either nylon or steel strings.
  3. Guitars are constructed and repaired by Luthiers.
  4. The most expensive guitar sold at auction was a Fender Stratocaster guitar that had been signed by a host of music legends. It fetched US $2.7 million (then £1.6 million) at a charity auction in 2005. Stars who signed the guitar included Bryan Adams, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page and Brian May.
  5. Leo Fender wasn’t a guitarist, but a saxophonist. The current head of the Fender company is also a sax player!


    Les Paul

  6. Les Paul was in a car accident in 1948 and he asked the doctor to set his arm permanently in a guitar playing position.
  7. epiphoneEpiphone, originally a Greek violin company, had been making banjos since 1923 when it switched to guitars in the 1930’s. Epiphone was the only banjo company to successfully switch to guitar production. I love how the E looks like a pitchfork. I use my acoustic Epiphone so much the pitchfork has almost wore off.
  8. There are two major types of guitars: Acoustic guitar and electric guitar.
  9. The Fender Guitar company makes around 90,000 guitar strings a day.


    Classical Guitar

  10. The classical guitar is also called the Spanish guitar.
  11. There are guitars for right-handed and left-handed musicians.
  12. Prior to 1963, if you wanted a custom colored Gibson, you could choose from sunburst, natural, white, black, Les Paul gold, or cherry red. No other choices were available until the 1963 Firebird series.
  13. Renaissance and Baroque guitars are usually used as rhythm instruments.

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