Some guitars are iconic because of the people that played them. They cemented their status because of their playing style, on the guitar of they’re choosing. Let’s see some of the famous examples.
#1 George Harrison/ Rosewood Telecaster
George Harrison is a staple in modern day music. From his work as a Beatle, to his solo career. His guitar playing was recognized by many as a legendary playing style. One of his most popular guitars he used in his career is the Fender Rosewood Telecaster.
Gifted to him in 1968, It was a prototype developed by fender. He quickly was fond of it, playing it in recordings, live playing, and jamming. He even played it in the Rooftop concert of ‘69. Shown in the recent Beatles documentary, Get Back.
After his appearance with the telecaster, it quickly became popular and fans wanted to have it. It wasn’t til recently when fender finally reissue the telecaster. It’s still available as of writing this.
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#2 Jimi Hendrix/ Fender Stratocaster
Everyone and their grandma knows, Jimi Hendrix’s famous guitar model. The ‘Les Paul’! Just kidding, it’s the fender Stratocaster.
First acquired in 1968, he grew a fondness of the strat. He played it in many performances and concerts in tours. Including the famous Woodstock festival. He modified it to his playing as well as him being left handed.
This guitar became popular through out the guitar community. It became one of the most famous guitars of all time.
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#3 Jimmy Page/ Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck
This crazy and unique guitar was designed by Jimmy himself in order to play some parts in Led Zeppelin live songs.
In live performances, when he needed to play certain parts in stairway to heaven, he needed to switch quickly.
It’s design stands out with its 12 string neck and 6 string neck mixed together.
It’s clear and crisp sound offers him the ability of versatility.
It quickly became famous to many. And it’s not available on most guitar brand stores.
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#4 B.B King ‘Lucille’
B.B King is considered to be the best blues guitarist in the 20th century. His guitar solos are recognizable to any guitarist around, as well has his famous guitar. The ‘Lucille’, is a customized model of the Gibson ES-335. It’s semi hollow body, and it’s Humbuckers produce the exquisite sound of his blues.
In his career, he played different types of hollow body guitars. But it wasn’t until 1980, when he teamed up Gibson to create his signature guitar. He grew a fond of this guitar and played it countless times. It was used multiple concerts and albums throughout the years until his death.
“I had a guitar hanging just above waist high. And I’m gonna play this thing until I die.”
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#5 Brian May ‘The Red Special’
Brian May guitar playing is iconic to say the least. He’s been of member of queen since 1970’s. His contributions to the band helped them musically and artistically.
His famous guitar was actually built by himself and his father. It built with many items around their house as well as pieces from separate locations. Eventually they were able to complete making it.
He then used it countless times in recordings, concerts, etc. He also used this guitar in the recording of bohemian rhapsody.
Today he owns a guitar making company, making similar models as his original.
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