- Category: Guitar Knowledge
The guitar, which was already created by the year 1200, is one of the most, if not the most, iconic instrument in history. It’s relatively easy to learn, fun to play, and always makes for a good time. There are millions of different guitar models throughout the years, but which ones are good enough – and famous enough – to make the top 10 list?
10. The Suhr Classic – The Suhr Company was founded in California in 1997 and is a relatively new guitar on the market, compared to the other ones on this list. John Suhr created his first custom-made guitar in 1984. Some famous artists that sport the Suhr Classic are Alice Cooper and guitarist Reb Beach from Whitesnake.
9. The Gibson Flying V – First introduced in 1958 by Gibson, its V-shape was not immediately a top seller. Over the years, this modernistic guitar has been played by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, among others. The original 1958-59 version of the Gibson Flying V is estimated to be worth between $200,000-$250,000. Wow!
8. The Rickenbacker 381 V69 – Rickenbacker is considered the inventor of the electric guitar, and released their first electric in 1932. Electric guitars caught on quickly, and by the 1960s, The Beatles were sporting Rickenbacker 381 V69s. This guitar is also a favorite of Pete Townshend of The Who.
7. The Gibson SG – The Gibson SG was created and manufactured in the 1960s when Gibson Les Pauls were decreasing in popularity. The Les Paul would make a comeback as the more preferred guitar in later years, but the Gibson SG has been played by many famous artists throughout the years, such as Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, and Angus Young of AC/DC. The Gibson SG still remains a popular model to this day.
6. The Gretsch White Falcon – This beautiful guitar was first introduced to the public in 1955. It is often nicknamed the “dream guitar” because of its white color, gold trimming, and gold pickguards. The Gretsch White Falcon is one of Neil Young’s favorite guitars.
5. The Danelectro DC3 – This guitar was only in production from 1959 to 1969, although several reissues have been made. This was the first guitar with a double cutaway in the body, therefore the “DC” in the model number. During its heyday, this guitar was played by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd.
4. The Gibson ES-335V – This guitar was first manufactured by Gibson in 1958, and its special feature is the fact that it has neither a solid or hollow construction for a special sound. This guitar is played by Dave Grohl, of Nirvana and The Foo Fighters, and has also been played by Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues. There is also a Dave Grohl special edition of this guitar.
3. The Fender Telecaster – This guitar was first marketed as the “Broadcaster” in 1949. This guitar, known to musicians as a Tele, is notable for its light, bluesy tone. The Telecaster is played by a myriad of musicians, including Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen.
2. The Gibson Les Paul – One of the most famous guitars in the world, this guitar was designed and endorsed by guitarist Les Paul in the early 1950s. Many editions have been produced throughout the years, and the Les Paul to this day remains a staple for many famous musicians, including Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, and Eric Clapton.
1. The Fender Stratocaster – The Fender Stratocaster is hands down the most famous guitar in the world. It was first introduced was first introduced in 1954 and is noted for its bright, twangy sound. It is one of the best guitars to have in your own personal collection. Numerous models of the Strat have been released throughout the years, and it has been played by famous guitarists such as Buddy Holly, John Lennon, and John Mayer.
suhr by guitar_shop ©September 16, 2011
Flying V by captain.orange ©December 6, 2009
Evan's Axe by David Salafia ©February 12, 2009
Gretsch White falcon by fvancini ©September 14, 2008
Gibson SG by John W. Tuggle ©March 18, 2010
Danelectro "Dano Pro Reissue" by richardwitt74 ©May 9, 2007
Gibson 335 Flame by John W. Tuggle ©March 17, 2010
Fender Telecaster by davidajnered ©July 14, 2008
My Gibson Les Paul by Hooktown ©January 28, 2008
EJ Strat on Black by Jarod Carruthers ©February 20, 2011