Fun Electric Guitar Facts
Posted 4 years ago by B&B Music Lessons
Below is a compilation of some fun guitar facts to help keep your interest in private guitar lessons. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. For example, who would think that a guitar, especially an old beat up one, would fetch nearly one million dollars at auction! And who would ever guess that the most famous guitar maker in the world started off as a saxophone player! But I think the strangest fact of all is that someone would “marry” their guitar…
- The highest price paid for an electric guitar at an auction was $959,500 in 2004 for Eric Clapton’s ‘Blackie’ Stratocaster. That is a lot of guitar lessons!
- The Telecaster was originally named the Broadcaster but there was already a drum set with the same name. There was a period during which there was no name for the guitar and Fender produced guitars with no name on the headstock. These “Nocasaters” are pretty valuable as they are prized collector items.
- The Fender factory keeps busy. They produce nearly 90,000 strings a day. This is about 20,000 miles per year which is enough to circle the globe. They also make about 950 guitar necks per day! Some years they produce over 250,000 guitars. Banjos, mandolins and violins are also made there.
- In 1950, Leo Fender tested the strength and durability of the guitar necks by balancing the neck between two chairs and standing on it!
- Leo Fender wasn’t a guitarist, but a saxophonist. The current head of the Fender company is also a sax player!
- Talk about love for your guitar. In 2001, Chris Black married his Stratocaster. Now that is devotion!
- Jimi Hendrix’s tombstone has a Fender Stratocaster carved into it.
- Les Paul was in a car accident in 1948 and he asked the doctor to set his arm permanently in a guitar playing position.
- In 1952, Gibson didn’t use serial numbers. So if you have a Gibson guitar with no serial number, it is a 1952 model.
- There are certain guitars that have a reputation of their own. A few examples are the Stratocaster #0001 owned by David Gilmour, Lucille owned by B.B. King, “The Duck” Stratocaster owned by Yngwie Malmsteen, “Muddywood” owned by Billy Gibbons, the “Frankenstein” Strat built and owned by Eddie Van Halen, the “Red Special” owned by Brian May and the “Space Bass” owned by Bootsy Collins.