To carve a niche for yourself, there has to be something unique that differentiates you from others. This does not relate to humans alone as some objects have been known to stand out from the rest. Take the case of Niagara Falls as an instance. There are just a few people on this planet who have not heard the name. Although they do not thunder like the waters of the Niagara Falls, the following are some rare guitars which are renowned for different reasons. They include:
1. B. B. King Lucille: Riley B. King, best known as B. B., was a famous disc jockey in his time. He plied his trade in Memphis, Tennessee, and named the guitar he played “Lucille.” Now here is his reason.
B. B. King had an unforgettable experience where he realized his guitar was left behind in a burning building. He hurried back in and got his guitar out safely. Upon inquiry, he learned that his Gibson guitar, worth $30 at the time, would have burned simply because the two men who started the fire had been fighting over a woman. Since she worked in the hall named “Lucille”, B. B. King named his retrieved guitar after the hall.
2. Carl: If you are familiar with the band “Metallica”, then the name James Hetfield should not be a stranger. He writes songs for the band, performs as a vocalist, and most importantly, plays the rhythm guitar.
Although he now endorses ESP guitars, James was associated with a particular guitar for so many years. The guitar which he used exclusively all through this period was designed by Electra in Japan. James only played guitars built to last and also fit his playing style. Carl was constructed from wood in an old garage which the band used when they started out.
3. Frankenstrat: You guessed right if your thought ran to the lead guitarist of the famous rock band “Van Halen. This Dutch-American songwriter and musician left a mark as well as far as rare electric guitars go.
He created this guitar which can be seen at the National Museum of American History. Before its present color of black and white stripes against a red background, this guitar donned black and white stripes only. It was designed by Eddie Van Halen to combine a Fender’s physical attributes with a classic Gibson’s guitar’s sound.
These rare guitars were played by master guitarists and have stood the test of time. This is what makes them special.