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.
- Guitar is one of the most played instruments, next to the Piano.
- Guitar is made out of wood and strung with either nylon or steel strings.
- Guitars are constructed and repaired by Luthiers.
- 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.
- Leo Fender wasn’t a guitarist, but a saxophonist. The current head of the Fender company is also a sax player!
- Les Paul was in a car accident in 1948 and he asked the doctor to set his arm permanently in a guitar playing position.
- Epiphone, 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.
- There are two major types of guitars: Acoustic guitar and electric guitar.
- The Fender Guitar company makes around 90,000 guitar strings a day.
- The classical guitar is also called the Spanish guitar.
- There are guitars for right-handed and left-handed musicians.
- 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.
- Renaissance and Baroque guitars are usually used as rhythm instruments.