Fun Electric Guitar Facts

Posted 6 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…


  1. 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!

    Eric Clapton's Guitar

    Somebody paid almost a million bucks for this!

  2. 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.

    Fender Nocaster

    This is a 1951 Fender Nocaster.

  3. 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.

    Fender Factory 1959

    Fender Factory 1959, CA

  4. 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

    Leo Fender, the man himself.

  5. Leo Fender wasn’t a guitarist, but a saxophonist. The current head of the Fender company is also a sax player!

    Leo Fender Sax Player

    Leo Fender was a Sax Player.

  6. Talk about love for your guitar. In 2001, Chris Black married his Stratocaster. Now that is devotion!

    Married his Fender

    Now that’s love! He married his Fender.

  7. Jimi Hendrix’s tombstone has a Fender Stratocaster carved into it.

    Jimi Hendrix Tombstone

    Jimi Hendrix Tombstone has a Fender on it.

  8. Les Paul was in a car accident in 1948 and he asked the doctor to set his arm permanently in a guitar playing position.

    Les Paul

    Les Paul was born in 1915.

  9. In 1952, Gibson didn’t use serial numbers. So if you have a Gibson guitar with no serial number, it is a 1952 model.

    Gibson Without Serial Number

    Gibson Without Serial Number

  10. 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.
    Eddie van Halen's Frankenstrat

    Eddie van Halen’s Frankenstrat

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