Today I learned of the Edelweiss Pirates. A proto-hippie youth group in Germany which fought Nazi's as they frolicked through the countryside playing guitars and singing Anti-Nazi folk songs at campfires. They sheltered escaped concentration-camp prisoners and Allied soldiers in a program of armed resistance. bust.com/living/194688-ei…
After Eddie Van Halen and his wildly customized guitar soared in popularity, he started adding non-functional modifications to confuse commercial imitators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The worlds smallest playable guitar is 10 microns long (about the size of a red blood cell). It has six strings each about 100 atoms wide and is played by aiming lasers at the strings. Its tone is about 130,000 times higher than a regular guitar supposedly the highest pitch ever recorded. theguardian.com/music/201…
Not only did Eddie Van Halen write and play the guitar solo for Michael Jackson's Beat it, but he did it for free and set a monitor speaker on fire (with his music) in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The band Rush stopped using guitar amps on stage, instead replacing them with useful appliances like washing machines. During their Snakes And Arrows tour, a roadie in a chicken suit basted rotisserie chickens behind them. youtu.be/QuL_euRslTc?t=60
Today I learned about the attempted hijacking of FedEx Flight 705 by a disgruntled employee who filled a guitar case filled with hammers and a spear gun. The captain (ex-Navy) performer extreme arial maneuvers while the first officer and engineer fended off the attacker. The plane landed safely and all survived en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The song 'Dueling Banjos' was stolen by Warner Brothers for use in the film Deliverance. The original creator, Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith sued them and won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Due…
Soundgarden's album Superunknown (1994) employed 7 different guitar tuning for individual songs including very unorthodox ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
John Lennon purposely tuned the D string low on his guitar making it "slightly out of tune" in order to make it recognizable on mono recordings from the other Beatles. youtu.be/9SqAahel-ws?t=60
The guitar Marty McFly rocks in 1955 in Back to the Future wasn't created until 1958 guitarworld.com/gear/mart…
Hawaiian music began in the mid 1800s, when visitors from all over came by sea to Hawai'i, bringing with them instruments such as the violin, guitar, ukulele, piano, accordion and flute. The fusion of instruments and cultures blended with Native Hawaiian chants and hymns to become a genre. surfingforlife.com/music.…
As a child Jimi Hendrix carried an actual broom with him everywhere around school for over a year, as a pretend guitar. The school's social worker tried to get funding for a real guitar, insisting that leaving him without one might result in psychological damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Everything in Prince's first album was made by himself. He sang all the parts and played all the 27 instruments, including the guitars, bass, synths, drums, windchimes, piano, clavinet, and even the bongos. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Mike McCready from Pearl Jam based the guitar solo for "Alive" on a guitar solo from Kiss's Ace Frehley on "She" who based that guitar solo on a solo from The Door's Robby Krieger on "Five to One" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiv…
Bob Marley was buried with his Gibson "Les Paul" guitar, a soccer ball, a marijuana bud, a ring that had been given to him by the Prince Asfa Wossen of Ethiopia, and a Bible. A month before his death, he was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
One of the Beatles #1 singles, "The Ballad of John and Yoko" were recorded with only John and Paul due to George being on a holiday and Ringo filming. When John and Paul played George and Ringo's instruments, they even referred to each other as George (on guitar) and Ringo (on drums). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The world’s smallest playable guitar was made by Cornell University. Placed end-to-end, you can fit 20 of them across the width of human hair. Each string can be plucked but at just 100 atoms wide, they would make no audible sound. news.cornell.edu/stories/…
Keith Richards went backstage at a Chuck Berry show and plucked the strings on Berry's guitar which prompted Berry to punch Richards giving him a black eye. billboard.com/articles/co…
American blues musician Robert Johnson was said to have sold his soul to the devil. The story is that he went to the crossroads near a plantation at midnight and met the devil, who took his guitar, tuned it, played a few songs, and handed the guitar back, granting him mastery of the instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Eddie Van Halen buried his original "Bumblebee" guitar (Seen on Van Halen 2) with Dimebag Darrell. iloveclassicrock.com/the-…
Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour CBE auctioned his guitars for charity. His Black Strat sold for $3,975,000 making it the most expensive guitar sold at auction. Proceeds of the auction, which raised $21,490,750, were donated to ClientEarth environmental charity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Lucas Babin, who appeared as Spider the shirtless guitar player on "School of Rock", is now the district attorney for Tyler County in Texas chron.com/entertainment/a…
Dr.Brian May, the lead guitarist of Queen exclusively uses pre-1956 British six-pence coins as guitar picks for his home-built guitar called the 'Red Special'. He likes the serrations on them and claims the soft silver doesn't damage the strings nearly as much as conventional plastic picks canadiancoinnews.com/quee…
Robert Johnson was so good with his guitar that some believe he sold his soul to devil for his talent rolfpotts.com/robert-john…
The guitar in Lil Nas X Old Town road was sampled from Nine Inch Nails. Nine Inch Nails ended up winning a country music award because of this. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned of the Escopetarra, a decommissioned gun that has been turned into a guitar, they are given as an award to peace activists. Notable recipients of the Escopetarra include Shakira, Santana, Juanes, Paul McCartney, and the United Nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esc…
Kurt Cobain had scoliosis (curved spine) since high school. He had minor scoliosis in HS but due to the weight of his guitar, it aggrevated his spine to curve more which you leave him a lot of pain. rockymountainbrainandspin…
Today I learned about "Aguante Megadeth" The global phenomenon of Megadeth crowds chanting along with the guitar riff from "Symphony of Destruction". It started in Argentina, heavily influenced by its soccer song singing culture in stadiums, and quickly spread worldwide. youtu.be/lgOsh_s223U
In 2007, a guitar intended for charity and signed by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Bill Wyman, Gary Moore, Pete Townsend & Brian May, was 'lost' when it was given to a parcel company. The guitar appeared 10 years later in an on-line auction and was recovered by the police rainbows.co.uk/news/lost-…
Chuck Berry wrote 'Johnny B. Goode' as an autobiographical song about a poor boy who masters the guitar and becomes famous. Berry grew up on Goode Ave. in St. Louis. time.com/4707769/chuck-be…
Noel Gallagher of Oasis recorded the acoustic guitar for β€œWonderwall” on an actual wall outside of Rockfield Studios during the recording sessions for β€œ(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” youtu.be/Mg9JwZSG_vc?t=29…
Johnny Cash’s guitar player died in 1968. Cash found himself at a show where the temporary replacement, Carl Perkins, couldn’t make it. An audience member asked Cash if he could fill in for the night, and he said yes. Bob Wootton then became Cash’s guitar player for the next 29 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
When Dimebag Darrell died, Eddie Van Halen gave him his original 1979 "Bumblebee" guitar to be buried with... vhnd.com/2014/12/08/dime-…
That's The Smiths' Johnny Marr playing guitar on Hans Zimmer's "Time" from Inception youtube.com/watch?v=q4Xxa…
Kelly Clarkson's single "Since U Been Gone" was inspired by the 2003 song "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. "Maps" and "Since U Been Gone" share similar introductions, post-chorus guitar breaks, and middle eights, and are both in the key of G major. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
, blues musician Robert Johnson built a homemade guitar by mounting nails on a building as his first guitar to play music on. It had only three strings, and used a bottle as a bridge. youtube.com/watch?v=PcjI2…
Ed Sullivan asked Buddy Holly to not play his song β€œOh Boy” on his show because it was too suggestive. Holly refused, so Sullivan mispronounced Holly’s name and cut the feed from his guitar. The band was still a huge hit. When asked back again, Holly said Sullivan didn’t have enough money. youtube.com/watch?v=j53OP…
Robert Smith (singer/guitarist of The Cure) played the piano as a child, but his younger sister Janet was a piano prodigy so he switched to the guitar because "she couldn't get her fingers around the neck." Janet later married Cure guitarist Porl Thompson and played on Cure side projects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The development team for Tony Hawk’s Project 8 β€œworked on the weekends” just to get drunk and play Guitar Hero; they were subsequently selected to head the development of Guitar Hero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Charlie Daniels objected to the use of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" in Guitar Hero III, because it was possible for the player to lose, which "perverted" his song. destructoid.com/guitar-he…
On Dec. 3, 1965 Keith Richards nearly died when his guitar touched a microphone stand, sending a massive electrical surge through his body and a flame out of the microphone. It is speculated that he survived only because of the thick soles of his suede Hush Puppies. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
While recording the band Ween's 2003 album Quebec, Dean Ween got word from his roadie that Carlos Santana's guitar and equipment had arrived at a nearby storage locker. The band broke in and recorded the guitar solo for the song Transdermal Celebration on one take in less than ten minutes. ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
On Prince's debut album, For You, he played every instrument on the album: 27 in all. Some notable mentions include, the electric guitar, clavinet, congas, waterdrums, electric piano, finger cymbals, hand claps and several other synthesizers. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
Guitar amps can pick up radio signals without special equipment happynewguitarday.com/why…
Eric Clapton played the guitar solo on the Beatles classic, β€œWhile my guitar gently weeps” guitarworld.com/artists/h…
The Rolling Stones’ first No. 1 single, '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction', was written, in part, by Keith Richards during a dream. Apparently, while asleep, he started rolling a tape and playing guitar, and the next morning he listened back and was satisfied with about 30 seconds of the riff. ultimateclassicrock.com/r…
Today I learned of a musician named Elizabeth Cotten. She was a self-taught left-handed guitarist, who played a guitar strung for a right-handed player. She played it upside down, as she was left-handed. Her signature style became known as "Cotten picking", and she is known today as a pioneer in the folk genre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
The band Dire Straits allowed Weird Al to parody "Money for Nothing" with the only condition that they be allowed to play guitar and synthesizer for the album recording en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In 1962, Decca Records turned down a band auditioning with them, by saying "guitar groups are on the way out". The band they turned down: the Beatles, who later sold more than 600 million albums worldwide. beatlesbible.com/1962/01/…
In 1997, Cornell University created the world's smallest guitar at 10 micrometers. This is roughly the size of a single cell. news.cornell.edu/stories/…

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