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Interesting Facts About Guitars

1. In 1949, BB King re-entered a burning music hall to save his favorite $30 Gibson guitar. King later learned the fire was started when two men knocked over a burning barrel of kerosene while fighting over a woman named Lucille. King has named every guitar he’s owned Lucille as a reminder. – Source

2. On Christmas Eve in 1969, Willie Nelson got a phone call that his house outside Nashville TN caught on fire. Willie came home and rush into the fire. He managed to save his guitar trigger and one pound of weed. – Source

3. Brian May’s dad helped him build his famous guitar but was upset when Brian abandoned his Ph.D. program to join Queen. Brian went on to write “We Will Rock You”, “Fat Bottomed Girls” and eventually “A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud”, the thesis he finished 36 years later. – Source

4. The guitar, Slash plays on November Rain is a 59 Les Paul that Aerosmith’s Joe Perry used in the 1970s before selling it. Perry wanted it back but lost track of it until a friend saw it in a magazine article about Slash. Slash didn’t want to sell but gave it to Perry for his 50th birthday. – Source

5. George Clinton doesn’t know who played guitar for one of Funkadelic’s greatest guitar solos, “Get Off Your Ass and Jam” (1975). The mystery guitarist was a white heroin addict that asked to sit in and was paid $50. – Source

6. After a tornado in 1998, 1000+ trees were toppled at The Hermitage, a plantation built by President Andrew Jackson. Using wood from the fallen trees, the Gibson GuitarCorporation produced 200 limited edition “Old Hickory” guitars. – Source

7. In 2010, a man from Arizona sold an “air guitar” on eBay for $5.50 and claimed it was used once at a Bon Jovi concert. – Source

8. Guitarist Les Paul’s right elbow was shattered in a car accident. Doctors were unable to repair it so he had them fuse his arm bones at a 90-degree angle so he could continue to play guitar. – Source

9. A man planted 7,000 trees to make a guitar-shaped forest as a tribute to his late wife. – Source

10. Jimi Hendrix could play guitar 4 different ways: “Normal” Right-handed (low E on top); “Normal” Left-handed (righty guitar flipped and restrung); Reverse Right-handed (treble E on top); Reverse Left-handed (righty guitar flipped/treble E on top). – Source

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