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Entry from April 07, 2021
“What do you call a building filled with guitar players?"/"Jail.”

A guitarist riddle was posted on the newsgroup alt.music.ramones on November 20, 2003:

Q: What do you call a building full of guitarists?
A: Jail.


This version was posted on the newsgroup rec.music.makers.guitar.jazz on January 9, 2006:

Q: What do you call a building full of guitarists?
A: Prison.


Another version was printed in the Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) on September 15, 2013:

Q: What do you call a building filled with guitar players?
A: Jail.



Google Groups: alt.music.ramones
Funnies
ShiraBWild
Nov 20, 2003, 8:13:10 AM
(...)
What do you call a building full of guitarists?
Jail.

Google Groups: rec.music.makers.guitar.jazz
no respect
funkifized
Jan 9, 2006, 1:56:52 PM
(...)
Q: What do you call a building full of guitarists?
A: Prison

Google Groups: rec.audio.pro
Event Opal studio monitors - Finally
Chris Hornbeck
Feb 24, 2009, 12:11:01 AM
(...)
Although my new favorite is: What do you call a building
full of drummers and guitarists? Jail.

Twitter
Casablanca Boys
@casablancaboys
Q: what do you call a building full of guitarists?
A: prison.
5:10 PM · Oct 6, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Google Books
A Man Walks Into a Bar 3
By Jonathan Swan
London, UK: Ebury Press
2010
Pg. 268:
What do you call a building full of guitarists? Jail.

Twitter
David Hickmott
@MinnaMuse
What do you call a building full of guitarists? Jail.
9:11 PM · Feb 23, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Google Groups: westchesterjazzjam
tonight at 353
Westchester Jazz Jam
Jun 30, 2010, 10:48:16 AM
(...)
What do you call a building full of guitarist?
jail.

Twitter
J Holliday
@JonHolliday
Replying to @loswhit
@loswhit what do you call a building full of guitarists? Jail.
3:46 PM · Aug 31, 2010·Tweetie for Mac

Twitter
Sam Schwab
@SteelmanSchwab
What do you call a building full of guitarists?
Jail
10:52 PM · Jun 18, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Shatterhand
@Shatterhandpunk
Ahoy Punx, It’s bad joke day. What do u call a building full of guitarists? - Jail!! Or what do u throw a drowning bass player?  - His Amp!!
5:34 AM · Jul 18, 2012·TweetCaster for Android

Newspapers.com
15 September 2013, Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), “A one, and a two, and a three, and a...” by Tom Carpenter, pg. A14, col. 2:
What do you call a building filled with guitar players? Jail.

Twitter
𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐠𝐞
@stormlabass
Replying to @AFAdrummer
What do you call a building full of guitarists?
Prison.
9:47 PM · Jul 2, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Skywise
@Skywise001
Replying to @Welshsprout and @QuestionableAl3
What do you call a building full of guitarists?
Jail.  rasberry
4:07 PM · Nov 1, 2020·Twitter Web App

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/pitmule April 8, 2021
What do you call a building full of guitarists?
Jail.

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