Love the guitar? Then do you know these 5 facts about your favourite instrument:
- Cleopatra may have played the guitar! Okay, not quite but the oldest surviving guitar-like instrument was found buried with the Egyptian singer Har-Mose and dates back to 1490 BCE, making it 3500 years old!
- The first electric guitar to be marketed commercially was invented by George Beauchamp in 1931, it was made from metal and was known as the Fry-Pan.
- Guitars have anywhere from one to eighteen strings; or no strings if you're a fan of the air guitar! The one string guitar is known as the Unitar.
- One of the most popular manufacturers of guitars, Fender, makes around 20,000 miles of guitar strings per year. That's enough to circle the world.
- A person that makes and repairs guitars is known as a Luthier.
Do you have any good facts about the guitar? Let us know in the comments!