What are the iconic guitars in your opinion?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Wombat Reynolds, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. Wombat Reynolds

    Wombat Reynolds Jimmy Page stole all my best riffs. Thread Starter

    Atlanta, GA, USA
    I recently received a gift, a poster called "Guitar Heaven" and it has, what someone thought, are illustrations of the iconic guitars in rock history.

    Half of them I wasnt familiar with. That doesnt mean they arent iconic, .. but I wanted to know what others thought the list should be.

    Only one rule here, ONE guitar per player. Thats it. This is all subjective, no right or wrong, so Let it rip, tater chip.


    Bo Diddley - Square box guitar, not sure what this was
    Van Halen - frankenstrat
    Brian May - Big red
    Jerry Garcia - custom alembic altho I know there were more than one
    Billy Gibbons - the furry explorer

    then you can make a case for guys who played one guitar for enough public appearances that they sort of defined that model, in your opinion -

    for example, there were too many guys playing traditionally styled les pauls and SGs and straight up strats and teles and ricks for me to list one -

    Michael Hedges - harp guitar - not sure if he was well known enough to define this but I never saw anybody else play one
    Jimmy Page - Doubleneck SG
    Alvin Lee - red ES 335 with stickers
    Randy Rhoades - flying V with polka dots
    Eric Clapton - The Fool SG
    Jack White - Airliner or National or whatever those things are
    Johnny Winter - Firebird - I list this because I almost never saw anybody else playing one, back in the day
    Steve Howe - ES 175 - same thing - back then, nobody else that popular, played one
    Neil Young - you could make a case for the Gretsch White Falcon and him, but others were playing it too.. or old black, but to me, that was just another old les paul.
    Billy Zoom - silver sparkle Gretsch Jet - for years I never saw him with anything else and never saw another one anywhere

    just a few off the top of my head. I'm sure there are many more. Anybody else?
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  2. Svetonio

    Svetonio Forum Resident

    Pete Townshend's red SG comes to mind..
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  3. Devin S

    Devin S Cast your words away upon the waves

    Yngwie Malmsteem has spent his entire career playing a 1971 Strat with a scalloped fretboard.
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  4. savemenow

    savemenow Forum Resident

    SE Pa
    John Fogerty's Rickenbacker?





    And lost to him for decades in between.
  5. FillmoreGuy

    FillmoreGuy Forum Resident

    springfield nj
    Roger McGuinn-Rickenbacker 12 string
    McCartney-Hofner bass guitar
    Lennon-Rickenbacker 6 string
    Beatles-Epiphone Casino
  6. PyroMessiah

    PyroMessiah Forum Resident

    Martinsburg, WV
  7. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

    Modena, Italy
    Springsteen's Esquire
  8. Wombat Reynolds

    Wombat Reynolds Jimmy Page stole all my best riffs. Thread Starter

    Atlanta, GA, USA
    no one is wrong here and all opinions are welcome

    however, as I said, a straight ahead strat or SG or rick or whatever...

    I mean for example stratocaster - you've hendrix, maybe the white one from woodstock or the flaming one from Monterrey - but you've also got Harrisons Rocky, SRVs Lenny, Gallaghers beat up model, Claptons Blackie, Buddy Guys polka dot thing... the list goes on and on....

    SG, you've got Townsend, Angus, Iommi, Cippolini....

    but anyway that just how I look at this.

    You guys post whatever you feel.
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  9. Wombat Reynolds

    Wombat Reynolds Jimmy Page stole all my best riffs. Thread Starter

    Atlanta, GA, USA

    yeah sir Paul and the Hofner thing. I forgot about Basses. Theres Bootsie and his freaky star shaped thing. Entwistle played all kinds of weird custom things too
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  10. Wombat Reynolds

    Wombat Reynolds Jimmy Page stole all my best riffs. Thread Starter

    Atlanta, GA, USA

    I forgot about that one! For no other reason that it smoked.... saw the kiss alive tour and that was a great moment
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  11. Kevin j

    Kevin j The 5th 99

    Seattle Area
  12. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    This guitar is iconic and certainly the Neil Young guitar. As much photo pub the Whitel Falcon gets, I’d argue his lesser photographed orange 6120 had more miles put on it on the road and in the studio. But Old Black is the one.
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  13. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    Ian Hunters “H” shaped one
    Prince’s +O(-> shaped one
    Dave Hill’s ridiculous Super Yob one
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  14. A. Scrounger

    A. Scrounger Forum Resident

    Johnny Thunders and his Gibson...

  15. RockRoom

    RockRoom I Love My Dog

    Jimmy Page -Les Paul
    Brian Jones -Vox
    Keef- Telecaster
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  16. drivingtheview

    drivingtheview Not forever just for now

  17. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Terry Kath from Chicago had his stickered up guitar:
  18. blutiga

    blutiga Forum Resident

    Definitely Angus and an SG
    Keef and a 5 string Tele
    Leslie West and a LP Jr
    Hendrix and a White Strat
    Johnny Winter and a Firebird
    Hound Dog Taylor and a Kawai/Teisco
    BB King and Lucille
    Chuck Berry and a 335?
    George Benson and his signature Ibanez
    Wes Montgomery and an L5
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  19. Linto

    Linto Mayor of Simpleton

    Peter Buck - Rickenbacker 360
    Pete Townshend - Rickenbacker 1997
    Roger McGuinn- Rickenbacker 360/12
    Susannah Hoffs - Rickenbacker 350
    John Lennon - Rickenbacker 325
    John Kay - Rickenbacker 381

    that's just the Ricks
  20. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    I've seen other players with similar looking harp guitars. For example, Muriel Anderson has been playing one pretty much exclusively for quite a while now.


    But I've never seen anyone with an electric harp guitar like the one Hedges used on Taproot:


    (It also had a trans tremolo bar.)
  21. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    Gibson J-180 (created for the Everly Brothers)


  22. Sex Lies And Master Tapes

    Sex Lies And Master Tapes Forum Resident

    Nantes, France
  23. Maurice

    Maurice Forum Resident

    North Yarmouth, ME
    Prince's custom-build:
  24. thekid87

    thekid87 Forum Resident

    The Netherlands
    Prince has two iconic guitars:

    1. The cloud guitar.
    He had them in various colours. The white one is the best known from the Purple Rain era. I prefer the peach SOTT version!

    2. The symbol guitar
    In the 90s he made a symbol guitar. Also in multiple colours. Here’s a purple one from the Super Ball Halftime show:
  25. thekid87

    thekid87 Forum Resident

    The Netherlands
    Hehe... you beat me with a couple of minutes (slow typer :D)
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