Top Ten Most Famous Guitars

Here is something a little contentious from; their list of the ten most ‘famous’ (or popular) guitars of all time. Whether it is through cumulative sales, the number of famous artists seen with one, the number of times it has been copied or their inherent ‘coolness’ we don’t know. No prizes for guessing the top three though…

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 (er no…325, 360 and 4001). 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 favourite 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 Strat is hands down the most famous guitar in the world. First introduced in 1954 it is noted for its bright, twangy sound. Many models of the Strat have been produced over the years and famous players include Buddy Holly, John Lennon and John Mayer.

If your collection includes all ten, you are one lucky, or discerning, guitarist (with a serious case of GAS).