Play guitar? Like rock music? Chili peppers? Hendrix? Indie? All of the above?
Read these facts. If you thought the instrument (or the genre) was good before, well, brace yourself.
(#1 and #3 are our favorites.)
The longest guitar in the world is over 13 meters long. That’s about 40 feet, or 6-7x as tall as you are. The strings are thick, but because they’re so long, the same pitch is maintained as if you were playing on an ordinary-sized one, which we think is pretty cool.
The shortest guitar? Just 10 microns long. A micron is one millionth of a meter, so 10 microns means that smallest guitar is 1/100,000 of a meter long. Yep.
The only thing is that you need special equipment to play either one. If you’re a guitar player, your fingers are probably nimble… but not micron-level nimble.
The researchers at Cornell who invented the microscopic guitar also invented other microscopic musical tools that can be used to play it. Who on earth was paying them to do that?
Would you put down a million dollars on a signed guitar? Some musicians can command prices like that. Click below to see the top 10 most priciest guitars sold of all time – some might surprise you.
The #1 reason why people don’t learn musical instruments? Cost. Not many can afford to go out and buy a piano or nice keyboard ($1,000+), and a limited, cramped keyboard is anything but satisfactory.
Guitars are awesome because they don’t need fancy components to sound good. We have done extensive reviewing of the top guitars and top guitar amps – you will see that the top options, in 2016 at least, are crazy inexpensive. The prices are almost suspiciously low, which is why we reviewed every piece of equipment before recommending it.
The low cost of your first guitar and amp is one of the reasons why many people get into guitar in the first place. But, not everyone makes the cut…
Most consider guitar to be easy to learn, hard to master. But there’s more to it than that:
Right when you start playing, you are going to be awful, to the point where you cannot play a single song. Continuing on the keyboard example: even as a beginner, you can play some basic jingles fairly easily.
In guitar’s case, you have to stick with it for at least a few weeks (or days, depending on how much you practice) before you can play anything good.
But once you get over the hump, you can play a ton of songs, mainly because most of the famous songs aren’t actually that hard to play – you just need to develop the basic skillset first.
In just a few weeks, you will be able to play songs like:
1. Clocks by Coldplay
2. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
3. Otherside by RHCP (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
So, a lot of people who are looking to jump right into being a rockstar are put off by guitar. But everyone who makes the decision to buy one and stick with it for at least a few weeks or days will love just how easy playing starts to become.
The guitar has been used for millennia – the first one can be traced archaeologically back to 3,000 – 4,000 years ago. And they were used in all parts of the world, too – not just one particular region or country. Everyone has always loved guitar.
That being said, guitars were never really that popular in the grand scheme of things. Without modern tools, making a good one was really difficult, and as such, they were really expensive. Only a select few had them – the kings, the wealthy merchants, etc.
Like we said, though… now, things are different. Guitars can be mass-produced and still sound great, so everyone has a chance to try.
Oh… and the electric guitar wasn’t invented until recently, either – the first one came about in 1930. We have nothing against acoustics – we play them every day ourselves, and the sound is certainly unique – but the electric guitar is on a whole new level. It created rock and roll, and these days, just decades later, dozens of genres can be played with even a cheap electric guitar and electronic amp.
From microscopic guitars, to gargantuan guitars, to expensive guitars, to cheap guitars, the instrument is only growing in popularity and continues to be the #1 recommendation for aspiring new musicians.
Want to learn more? Click here to view some recommendations on cheap, beginner guitars you can play around with, or, if you have the cash to spend, click here to see some of the most expensive guitars that can be bought from a shop!