v Guitar string maker and guitar-product innovator Ernie Ball, didn’t play the conventional guitar but its unusual variation, the steel. Ball was a steal worker who found more excitement in the steel and science of the instrument than in playing it himself.
v Lester Polkfus (a.k. a. Les Paul) is the pioneer of the development of the solid-body guitar. He designed in 1941 one of the first, a prototype named the ‘the Log’ due to its heavy, rustic dimensions.
v Broadcaster was the original name of the Telecaster, but since the Broadcaster name was already being used for a drum-kit, Fender was required to modify his model label.
v The smallest guitar measures 10 micrometers long.
v Fender is the biggest guitar manufacturing brand in the world. They produce up to a quarter million guitars a year.
v Epiphone started off as a Greek violin company, then switching to banjo production and finally settling on guitar manufacturing. It was, in fact, the only banjo-making company that subsisted when switching to guitar fabrication.
v All 1952 Gibson’s have no serial numbers. Being the first year of production of Gibson solid-bodies, no numbers were printed during that year.
v Les Paul once got into a car accident and upon getting his cast he asked the doctor to set his arm in a guitar playing position.
v Jimi Hendrix’s gravesite at GreenwoodMemorial Park in Renton,WA features a carved Fender Stratocaster.
v The first Gibson Les Paul (The Gold Top) cost $210.
v The top two most expensive guitars sold publicly are Eric Clapton’s Stratocaster ‘Blackie’ (see right) and Jerry Garcia’s custom-made ‘Tiger’, selling for $959,500 and $957,500 respectively.
v A lick, derivative of Jazz slang, is a short phrase of notes that comprises a solo or riff. This might explain album titles like Rolling Stones’ ‘Forty Licks’.
v Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat it’ features guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
v When Pink Floyd performed at a lake in the Crystal Palace Bowl back in 1970, word says that they played so loud that some of the fish died.
Guitar Trivia Facts – Follow Up.
Jimmi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison all died at the young age of 27.
Eric Clapton, born Eric Patrick Clapp, grew up believing his mom was his sister and that his grandparents were his parents.
Deca Recording Company rejected ‘The Beatles’ in the year 1962. Upon doing so they foolishly stated: “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out”.
Fender, as opposed to most guitar building companies, utilizes Alder instead of Ash wood as one of their main building materials.
The very first Fender guitar was made out of oak and later given to Roy Acuff by his maker himself, Mr. Leo Fender.
The Marshall ‘Bluesbreaker’ amp was created in 1962, coined when Eric Clapton -then a member of “John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers”- personally asked Jim Marshall to make a combination amp with tremolo that would be small enough to fit in his car.