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One little known fact about the original Hendrix recordings is that many of the most popular songs, including Red House, were recorded with a Les Paul, not a Strat. Hendrix used a number of different guitars in the studio, but rarely used anything but a Strat on stage. The 335 to his left on stage at Woodstock belonged to Alvin Lee, and was not Hendrix’s even to use.  This fact was sent in by James L.

BGN on a Gibson is the worst possible mark it designated the instrument as a bargain, and not acceptable quality for sale to the public.

Epiphone was originally a Greek violin company. They made banjos from 1923 but in the 1930's changed to guitars. Epiphone was the only banjo company to successfully switch to guitar production.

Leo Fender was a saxophonist, not a guitarist, as is the current head of the Corporation.

The first Fender was made in 1943, made from oak. Leo fender gave it away to Roy Acuff, a country music legend.

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

In 1950, Leo Fender devised a strength and durability test for guitar necks which was balancing a neck between two chairs and standing on it.

A Gibson solid body with no serial number is a 1952. Gibson didn't use any serial number in 1952.

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.

The Telecaster was originally called the Broadcaster but this clashed with a drum kit of the same name. While the new name was considered, Fender produced guitars with no name on the headstock, and these "Nocasters" are collector's items.

If a Martin guitar only has four strings and is not a ukulele, this is known as a Tenor guitar. Ukelele size instruments with ten strings are Tiples. Ukelele size instruments with eight strings are Taropatches. Martin also made mandolins, which have eight strings.

A Fender Stratocaster is carved on Jimi Hendrix's tombstone.

Guitar fan Chris Black of London held a wedding ceremony in 2001 and married his Stratocaster.

The highest price paid for an electric guitar at auction, was $959,500 at Christie's in July 2004 for Eric Clapton's 'Blackie' Stratocaster. The previous record was for Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia's custom-made 'Tiger' ($957,500 in 2002).

The smallest guitar in the world is 10 micrometres long with strings 50 nanometres (100 atoms) wide.

Fender uses alder, not the more usual ash for guitars. Alder trees don't grow large enough to make guitars anywhere except Oregon, within an area only 200 miles by 50 miles.

In a peak year (eg 2000), Fender makes over a quarter of a million guitars. They are the largest manufacturer of electric guitars in the world. Fender also makes banjos, mandolins and violins.

The Fender factory makes around 90,000 strings per day. This is over 20,000 miles a year, enough to circle the world. They also make around 950 guitar necks a day!

NOTE: Some of these facts might have changed over the years.

Guitar jokes

Q: What’s the difference between a guitar player and a large pizza?
A: The pizza can feed a family of four.
This joke was sent to me by Mark D.

BAND (definition):

A group of people who gather together for the purpose of performing music. The group usually consists of a number of musicians...... and a drummer. This joke was sent in by Sterrett C..

Q: What does it mean when the guitar player is drooling out of both sides of his mouth?
A: The stage is level.
Q: What is the range of a Les Paul?
A: Depends on how far you can throw it.

Q: What did the guitar say to the guitarist?
A: Pick on someone your own size!

Q: What's the definition of a minor second?
A: Two lead guitarists playing in unison.

Q: What do you call two guitarists playing in unison?
A: Counterpoint.

Q: How do you get a guitar player to play softer?
A: Give him a sheet of music.
Q: How do you make him stop playing?
A: Put notes on it!

Q: How many guitarists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Twenty. One to change the bulb and nineteen to say, "Not bad, but I could've done better".

Q: What does a guitarist say when he gets to his gig?
A: Would you like fries with that?

Q: What is the difference between a guitarist and a Savings Bond?
A: Eventually a Savings Bond will mature and earn money!

Q: What is the difference between a guitar and a tuna fish?
A: You can tune a guitar but you can't tuna fish.

Got a guitar related fact or joke? Send it to me (guitarman7529@yahoo.com) and if I laugh I will put it here.

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