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Instruments with a name

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Many artists (especially guitarists) name their guitar. I find it quite intriguing to know the stories behind those names.

B.B. King always plays with his black Gibson named "Lucille":

During a show in Arkansas in 1949, two men at a performance of B. B.'s got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove that set the hall on fire. King, like everyone else ran out of the hall to save himself, realized he had left his guitar inside, and ran back to get it, barely escaping with his life. When he found out the fight was over a woman named Lucille, he decided to name his guitar after the woman as a reminder never again to do something as stupid as to run into a burning building, and every guitar he has owned and played since then has borne the name.

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