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- Alan Yentob
- Dave Gilmour
- Pete Townshend
- Roger Parsons
- Executive Producer
- Janet Lee
Duration: 1 hour
Alan Yentob presents a three-part series examining how the guitar became the world's favourite musical instrument.
As the guitar turns electric, music is changed for ever. The world's first electric guitar had nothing to do with jazz or blues, but Hawaiian-style music and was known as the 'frying pan'.
Yentob continues his investigation from the blues of the Mississippi to the guitar wars of the 1950s, when the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul were battling for supremacy.