List of guitars

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Eric Clapton performing in 1978 with Blackie

This list of guitars details individual guitars which have become famous because of their use by famous musicians; their seminal status; their high value; and the like.


The 1956 Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar on display at Elvis Presley's Graceland.


  • The 0001 StratDavid Gilmour is the owner of this Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This guitar is one of the most notable in his collection as it has the 0001 serial number, although it's unclear whether it is the real 0001 Strat because the neck (which has the 0001 serial number on it) could have been taken off the original.[1]
  • 34346 - Fiesta Red Stratocaster 1959 - Purchased by Cliff Richard in 1959 for his guitarist Hank Marvin. This guitar is believed to be the first Stratocaster imported in to the UK and was used on The Shadows hit "Apache". Currently in possession of Bruce Welch (Rhythm Guitarist of The Shadows)


  • The Abel Axe, an aluminum electric guitar invented by Jeff Abel and engineered by James Jones. Its distinguishing features are the holes on the body.
  • Arm The Homeless, Tom Morello's most famous guitar. Morello had the guitar custom made by Performance Guitar USA, but hated everything about it and reassembled it completely. The only thing that went unchanged was the Stratocaster body.[2]


  • The Babysnakes SG, used by Frank Zappa which had been made by a fan in Phoenix, which had several distinctive features such as an extra fret and seahorse inlays. Zappa had it customised further by his luthier, Rex Bogue, who added phase switches and a pre-amp. It was then Zappa's main choice of guitar during the late 1970s.[3][4]
  • The Bass Of Doom - Fender Jazz Bass, used by Jaco Pastorius. Robert Trujillo currently owns the instrument.[5]
  • The Beast - A '59 Gibson Les Paul, owned by Bernie Marsden of the band Whitesnake, so named because its volume is so much louder than other guitars.
  • Black Beauty - Jimi Hendrix's main guitar in his final days. 1968 Fender Stratocaster, serial number #222625.[6] Body is in black finish, with white pickguard and a maple neck. Kept in possession with Monika Dannemann, Hendrix's last girlfriend, well over two decades.[7] Commonly believed to be passed onto Uli Jon Roth after Dannemann's death in 1996. However, its current whereabouts are unknown since Roth went through bankruptcy in 2005.[8] "Black Beauty" also refers to many other guitars and guitar models such as Gibson Les Paul Custom.
  • The Black Dog - Joe Satriani's heavily modified Ibanez Radius guitar. Originally came with HSS pickup layout but middle cavity is filled to employ HH configuration. Also with a replaced neck, Ibanez Edge tremolo unit. Refinished in black and painted with white sharpie all over. His Ibanez signature JS Series is based on this guitar. 88 copies of tribute guitar, JSBDG, was released in 2008.[9]
  • The Black Strat – the nickname for a black Fender Stratocaster guitar played by David Gilmour of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd.
  • Blackie [10] – the nickname given by Eric Clapton to his favorite Fender Stratocaster. In 2004, Blackie was sold for USD $959,500 at a Christie's auction to support the Crossroads Centre, a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centre founded by Clapton.
  • Brownie – the name for a Fender Stratocaster that was used extensively by Eric Clapton during the early 1970s.
  • Blue - Blue Fernandes Stratocaster used by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. It's covered with stickers.
  • Bozin' Bret's Bangin' Best Boomin' - This Les Paul model is the famous guitar that recorded such classics as "My baby left me" & many more.
  • Beano Burst - The worlds most famous Gibson Les Paul Standard finished in Sunburst, played by Eric Clapton during his time with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and early Cream days. Thought to be a late 1959 or 1960 model. The name stems from the photograph of the John Mayal and the Bluesbreakers album cover, Clapton is a reading a Beano magazine. The guitar got stolen, some rumors indicate the Beano Burst is owned by a guitar collector on the east side of the U.S. who chooses to remain unknown. Its also rumored Clapton knows where it is. Eric Clapton stated in an interview he never found another guitar like it and he still misses it.




  • Epiphone Supernova – A customised electric guitar featuring a distinctive union flag design given to Noel Gallagher of the English rock band Oasis as a present by his now ex-wife, Meg Matthews. A tribute to the original was manufactured by Epiphone. The original guitar is now on display at the British Music Experience at the O2 arena in London.
  • Evo – the name that Steve Vai has given to his primary stage and recording guitar, an Ibanez JEM7VWH.It was co designed by Vai and guitar manufacturer Ibanez in 1987.
  • Eye of Horus – a custom bass guitar made by Jens Ritter for Phil Lesh, it was acquired by the National Museum of American History in 2011 and is in the museum's permanent collection.[15][16]


Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat, pictured with a 22 fret Kramer neck


  • The Grail - Zakk Wylde's 1981 cream Les Paul Custom with black bullseye paint. It was once lost in Texas when it fell from the back of a transport truck, but brought back to Wylde later.
  • Green Meanie - Steve Vai's self-modified Charvel superstrat. Main guitar in his David Lee Roth band era from 1986 to 1987. Maple fingerboard, basswood boy painted in Day-Glo green (hence the name), HSH pickup layout with 5-way switch and Floyd Rose locking tremolo. Bridge post mounting went collapsed in a soundcheck for Madison Square Garden show and the guitar is since retired. Many features on this guitar are carried onto 1987 Ibanez JEM777, his first signature guitar.[18]



  • Magic - A '59 Les Paul previously owned by Peter Green and Gary Moore, and purchased in 2014 by Kirk Hammett for 2 million $. Has one of the pick-ups magnetically out-of-phase, giving it its unique tone.
  • Micawber - Name from an 1850 Charles Dickens' " David Copperfield" character. A 1953 Fender Telecaster owned by Keith Richards that is played in Open G tuning with the sixth string removed. The modification include a Gibson PAF humbucker pickup in the neck position that is mounted backwards, a brass bridge made by Schaller, an early lap-steel pickup in the bridge position as well as custom wiring. Micawber is still touring with Richards; "Start Me Up", "Honky Tonk Woman", "Jumping Jack Flash".
  • Monterey Strat - A '65 Fiesta red Stratocaster famously burned and smashed by Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival. A corner of it is currently on display in Seattle at Experience Music Project (EMP).
  • Mosrite – White Ventures II – Used by Johnny Ramone. Bought in 1977 to replace a stolen blue Mosrite. Owned until The Ramones disbanded in 1996 – later sold to producer Daniel Rey.





Jerry Garcia's Rosebud guitar


  • Sabionari (1679) - one of the five surviving guitars made by Antonio Stradivari and the only one still playable.[29] It is a five-course baroque guitar.
  • Spidey – a yellow Gibson SG owned and played by Stan Lee of The Dickies, so named because of its Spiderman sticker. A few years ago the headstock was broken off while in transit between the USA & Europe however it was repaired and was back in when the Dickies toured the UK with the Damned in 2012.


  • Tele-Gib - a Fender Telecaster owned and played by Jeff Beck, heavily modified by Seymour W. Duncan in 1974 to employ two PAF humbuckers.[30]
  • This Machine Kills Fascists – a message that Woody Guthrie placed on his guitars in 1943[31] that has inspired many artists. Guitar manufacturer Gibson has replicated Guthrie's 1945 Southern Jumbo complete with sticker.
  • Three-String Trance WonderSeasick Steve's guitar that resembles a Fender Coronado or a Teisco EP-7. It has an old Harmony pickup added (with duct tape).
  • Tiger – Jerry Garcia's main guitar from 1979 to 1989 made by Doug Irwin, it sold at auction in 2002 for USD $850,000. The total price was USD $957,500 per the addition of the buyer's commission fee.[32]
  • TriggerWillie Nelson's Martin N-20 Classical guitar. Nelson purchased the guitar unseen for USD $750 and named it after Roy Rogers' horse "Trigger".[33][34] In 1970, one year after acquiring the guitar, Nelson rescued the guitar from his burning ranch. Trigger lore also tells of the guitar being secretly removed and hidden at Nelson's business manager's home for fear of forfeiture to the IRS for auction during Nelson's income tax problem days.
  • Top Hat – A second guitar made by Steve Cripe for Jerry Garcia in 1993. It is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.[20]


  • White Lightning - a custom aluminum neck Explorer style guitar featuring a replica Rickenbacker light show installed in the body. Created by Electrical Guitar Company as part of the PRF BBQ in Chicago in 2012, gifted to event organizer, Jap Herron guitarist Jonah Winnick
  • Wild Child - a custom Jackson RR model used by Alexi Laiho. Black paint and gold hardware including Floyd Rose tremolo, single Jackson J-50BC pickup with JE-1000 gain boost circuit, yellow pinstripe bevels, "Wild Child" sticker with yellow letters. Stolen in September 2002 after the Spinefest show and since lost.[35] "Wild Child" is also a nickname to Laiho and reference to a W.A.S.P. song. Jackson limited RR 24 and his later ESP signature models are all based on this guitar.
  • Wolf – Also known as "Wolfie", this is another of Jerry Garcia's custom guitars made by Doug Irwin, it sold at auction for USD $700,000 in 2002. The total price was USD $789,500 per the buyer's commission fee.[32]
  • Woodstock Stratcaster - a 1968 Fender Stratcaster Jimi Hendrix played in Woodstock Festival. Body is finished in Olympic White, bearing the serial number #240981. Sold to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and now rests in the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle.[36]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Bosso, Joe. "All-Star Gear: Tom Morello's Arm The Homeless guitar and Marshall JCM800 amp". MusicRadar. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Darrin Fox (2006), "The Guitars Of Frank Zappa", Guitar Player 
  4. ^ Michael Leonard (2011), Frank Zappa's Gibson Fetish 
  5. ^ Metallica's Trujillo Rescues Jaco Pastorius' Bass Of Doom, 2010 
  6. ^ Legendary Guitars: Jimi Hendrix's Black Beauty, 2011 
  7. ^ Guitarist magazine, issue September 1995
  8. ^ Former SCORPIONS Guitarist ULI JON ROTH Reportedly Declared Bankrupt, 2016 
  9. ^ All-Star Gear: Joe Satriani's Black Dog Ibanez guitar 
  10. ^ a b c d e Dave Hunter (2010), Star Guitars: 101 Guitars That Rocked the World, ISBN 0-7603-3821-3, These are the guitars so famous that their names are often household words: B. B. King's Lucille, Eric Clapton's Blackie, Stevie Ray Vaughan's First Wife, Billy F Gibbons' Pearly Gates, Neil Young's Old Black, and many more. 
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  15. ^ "National Museum of American History Receives Phil Lesh's "Eye of Horus" Bass Guitar". July 14, 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  16. ^ Amador, Valery (July 28, 2011). "Smithsonian Institution Acquires the Eye of Horus Bass Guitar Made by Jens Ritter". Bass Musician Magazine. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
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  18. ^ Bacon, Tony (2013) "The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book: A Complete History of Ibanez Electric Guitars" Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-1617134531, pp. 80-82
  19. ^ "The 10 most expensive guitars ever sold", Daily Telegraph (7) "Lenny" - Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1965 Fender Composite Stratocaster) 
  20. ^ a b Armato, Steve; McCallister, James D. (January 2010). "Holy Cripes! The Story of Jerry Garcia's Last Guitars". Vintage Guitar Magazine. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
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  29. ^ "The restoration of a guitar made by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona in 1679: the "Sabionari".". Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  30. ^ "The Story of the Tele-Gib - Seymour Duncan Blog". June 4, 2012. Retrieved Dec 18, 2014. 
  31. ^ Robert Weir, ed. (2007). Class in America [Three Volumes]: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 337. 
  32. ^ a b Selvin, Joel (May 9, 2002). "Garcia's guitars fetch record / 'Wolf,' 'Tiger' sold at memorabilia auction for $1.74 million". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  33. ^ Farndale, Nigel (May 4, 2010). "Interview: Willie Nelson". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Willie Nelson's Guitar Trigger!". Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  35. ^ Alexi Laiho Fan Club - Alexi's Guitars
  36. ^ Legendary Guitars: Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock Strat, 2011 

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