Day 10 photo: guitars and other assorted guitar like instruments hanging in a music shop.
Interesting guitar related facts (source – the internet):
The ancestors of the modern guitar can be traced back to the stringed instruments played across Central Asia and India, in ancient times.
The oldest iconographic representation of the guitar is a 3,000 year old carving of a Hittite or ancient Anatolian bard playing the instrument.
The modern guitar is believed to have descended from the cithara brought to Hispania by the Romans, in 40 AD.
The various references to the guitar in ancient times included guitarra, gitarre, guitare, qitara, cithara, kithara and sihtar.
Traditionally, guitars were constructed with combinations of various woods. The strings were made of animal gut.
The musical instrument has a mention in records maintained by the Moors, Viking incursions and in traditional Norse carvings.
Les Paul had a car accident in 1948 and asked the doctor to set his arm permanently in a guitar-playing position.
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.
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!
Franz Schubert composed his music on a guitar hung from a hook over his bed, as he couldn’t afford a piano. Berlioz also did his composing on a guitar!
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