The Most Iconic Guitars Of All Time - In My Opinion

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The Most Iconic Guitars Of All Time - In My Opinion
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The Most Iconic Guitars Of All Time - In My Opinion
I am NOT a guitar player...I wish I was. I would love to be able to play guitar, it fascinates me. I
do have a small collection of guitars, and I love looking at them, and imagining all the
possibilities they possess. I was in my late teens and early 20's in the 80's/90's, and this era
was magical to me.
I was VERY much a fan of HAIRBANDS!
Great songs, with larger than life personalities doing stuff on a piece of wood with six metal
wires that I have never been able to comprehend. How the hell do they do it?
For example, the GREATEST guitar player to ever come out of Australia (And one of the best in
the world) has to be Tommy Emmanuel. Tommy often plays on his own what usually needs two
people to play. Check him out playing both the rhythm and melodies of The Beatles songs Day
Tripper and then Lady Madonna.
http://youtu.be/4ova15Bpg5U
I am always looking to expand my collection of iconic guitars. I have done some searches today
for articles about the most iconic guitars, and I must say, most of these article miss quiet a few.
The first article I read said the number one guitar of all time was Angus Young's black Gibson,
and Steve Vai's Gem and Universe weren't even mentioned.
This is when I began to realise this topic is subjective. Everybody will see it differently. We all
have different opinions, and we are all entitled to our own opinions.
This is my opinion, and I would really love to hear your opinions in the comments. Lets just do it
with respect ok.
In my opinion, the most iconic guitar ever is easily, and with out doubt, Frankenstrat.
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I really love the EVH Steinberger. It is actually the most recent addition to my collection. As a
Lolcats fan, and a EVH fan, imagine my delight when I came across this pic today whilst
researching this article.
Once again, here are the most iconic guitars in my opinion. The EVH Trio.
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From here on, guitars appear in no particular order. They are just the most iconic guitars to me.
Steve Vai is Explosive. Brilliant. The Ibanez Gem and Universe are definitely on my wishlist.
The 7 String Universe's sound on the Passion and Warfare album (Particularly the song The
Animal) was like nothing I had ever heard before.
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Whilst on the topic of Vai, the Heart guitar he played with David Lee Roth was pretty Cool too!
Next, is my most FAV guitar player of all time. I first heard him doing Mozart in the Bill and Ted
movie, and he has continued to stun me ever since. I especially loved his efforts at the Freddie
Mercury Tribute Concert. Nuno Bettencourt and the Washburn N4
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The Girls were very well represented in the 80's as well. Lita Ford's B.C Rich was another
classic for me.
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Previously, on the other side of the world, Mark Knopfler's National Acoustic was pretty iconic to
me. I loved it on the cover of the Brothers In Arms album.
Before I got my Steinberger, my favorite guitar in my collection was my Paul Reed Smith
Tremonti Blackbird. Mark's Charcoal Burst PRS "Dimebag" Tribute Blackbird is one of my all
time favs.
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The "Funnest" guitar player I have ever seen live is The Clown Prince, Rick Nielsen from Cheap
Trick. Now this guy knows how to put on a show! Here is Ricks Hamer 5-neck. My guess is that
the 5 necks are from top to bottom, a 12 string, a regular tuned fixed bridge, and regular tuned
with tremolo, another fixed bridge with alternate tuning (maybe drop d) and a fretless.
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Jason Becker is an incredible musician who I most remember being referred to as "Beyond
Prodigy". His playing on David Lee Roth's album A Little Aint Enough was brilliant. Carvin have
recently released Jason's Numbers Guitar.
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Jimmy Hendrix and The Flying V - what more can I say
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One of the loudest and most "In Your Face" guitar players would have to be Zakk Wylde. I
absolutely LOVED his work on the movie Rockstar, and he is a perfect fit for Ozzy Osbourne as
well. This is Zakk's Gibson Bullseye.
If you are reading this article, you will be familiar with Stevie Ray Vaughan's SRV Fender Strat.
A truly Iconic guitar in so many ways.
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Defining cool, here is Bo Diddley with his Gretsch
Brian Setzer has become one of my favs over the years. I love the 50's Rockabilly sound and
image. Gotta love those Gretsch guitars!
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Brian May's Red Special is a interesting guitar. Brian built it himself in 1963. I read recently that
when Brian travels by air, he buys another first class seat for this guitar.
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No list on iconic guitars is complete without Michael Anthony's Jack Daniels Bass
Prince's Cloud Guitar
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Prince had another interesting axe, the Symbol guitar
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Bon Jovi has had a few iconic guitars over the years. Here is Jon's New Jersey Kramer
And this is Richie Sambora's Kramer Double Neck. I remember this one most from the
beginning of the "Lay Your Hands On Me" video clip.
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And on the topic of Bon Jovi, James Hetfield from Metallica had the "Kill Bon Jovi" guitar, which
I have been unable to find a picture of. If anybody has a pic, please sent it in and I will add it to
the list. In its abscense, here is James's "Eet Fuk" Explorer.
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One of the most iconic pairings in guitar history would have to be Slash and Gibson.
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B.B. King and Lucille are another iconic duo for Gibson.
Vivian Campbell's Kramer Nightswan was all the rage for a while in the 80's.
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John Lennon and Rickenbacker
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And rounding out the list, is again, Tommy Emmanuel and his Maton Acoustic
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