List of guitars

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

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.


Eric Clapton performing in 1978 with Blackie


  • The 0001 StratDavid Gilmour is the owner of this Fender Stratocaster electric guitar.[1] 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]


  • 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.





  • 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.[8][9]


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 bought back to Wylde later.



  • Micawber - 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.
  • 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.


  • Nano guitar – Dustin W. Carr, under the direction of Professor Harold G. Craighead, created the nano guitar in the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility in 1997. The idea came about as a fun way to illustrate nanotechnology, and it did capture popular attention.[13] It is disputed as to whether the nano guitar should be classified as a guitar, but it is the common opinion that it is in fact a guitar.[14]




Jerry Garcia's Rosebud guitar


  • Spidey – a yellow Gibson SG owned and played by Stan Lee of the 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 the when the Dickies toured the UK with the Damned in 2012.



  • 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
  • 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.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The #0001 Stratocaster". 1954-09-28. 
  2. ^ Darrin Fox (2006), "The Guitars Of Frank Zappa", Guitar Player 
  3. ^ Michael Leonard (2011), Frank Zappa's Gibson Fetish 
  4. ^ Metallica's Trujillo Rescues Jaco Pastorius' Bass Of Doom, 2010 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Guitars". Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Duck: Yngwie's Malmsteen's 1972 Fender Strat,". Guitar World. August 1994. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "National Museum of American History Receives Phil Lesh's "Eye of Horus" Bass Guitar". July 14, 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Oxman, J. Craig (December 2011). "Clapton's Fool: History's Greatest Guitar?". Vintage Guitar. pp. 62–66. 
  11. ^ "The 10 most expensive guitars ever sold", Daily Telegraph (7) "Lenny" - Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1965 Fender Composite Stratocaster) 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Payne J, Phillips M, The World's Best Book. Running Press, 2009. ISBN 0-7624-3755-3, p. 109
  14. ^ Schummer J, Baird D. Nanotechnology Challenges: implications for philosophy, ethics and society. World Scientific, 2006. ISBN 981-256-729-1, pp. 50–51; Nordmann A. Noumenal Technology: Reflections on the incredible tininess of nano. Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology 8(3), 2005 read online, accessed August 15, 2010
  15. ^ Balmer, Paul (2009). The Fender Telecaster Handbook: How To Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Tele. MBI Publishing. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-7603-3646-5. 
  16. ^ a b Grateful Dead Gear: The Band's Instruments, Sound Systems, and Recording Sessions from 1965 to 1995 - Blair Jackson. pp. 233–234.
  17. ^ "The Red Special Story". "Brian May Guitars - The Official web site". Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  18. ^ Hey, what's that sound: Homemade guitars The Guardian. Retrieved August 17, 2011
  19. ^ "Spotlight Exhibit: Jerry Garcia's Rosebud Guitar". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "The Story of the Tele-Gib - Seymour Duncan Blog". June 4, 2012. Retrieved Dec 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ Robert Weir, ed. (2007). Class in America [Three Volumes]: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 337. 
  22. ^ 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. 
  23. ^ Farndale, Nigel (May 4, 2010). "Interview: Willie Nelson". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Willie Nelson's Guitar Trigger!". Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 

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