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List of guitars

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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.

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The 1956 Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar on display at Elvis Presley's Graceland.
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 was used on The Shadows hit "Apache". Currently in possession of Bruce Welch (rhythm guitarist of The Shadows)
  • 58957 - 1935 Martin D-28 - Purchased in 1959 by Clarence White and used for many years. Several years after his death it was sought out and purchased by Tony Rice who has used it for his entire career. [2]


Eric Clapton performing in 1978 with Blackie
Eric Clapton performing in 1978 with Blackie
  • The "Baby Snakes" SG, used by Frank Zappa which had been made by a fan in Phoenix, had several distinctive features such as an extra fret and seahorse inlays. Zappa had it customized 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 - a 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.
  • Beano Burst - A sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard 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 Mayall and the Bluesbreakers album cover, on which Clapton is a reading a Beano magazine. The guitar was stolen. Clapton stated in an interview he never found another guitar like it and he still misses it.


  • Chrome Boy, an iconic and then-unique mirror-finished Ibanez JS2CH prototype guitar was Joe Satriani's primary touring instrument for a number of years during the 1990s until the guitar was stolen in 2002. It has not been recovered.
  • Clarence, a two-tone Fender Telecaster, once owned by Clarence White. This is the original B-Bender guitar, built by White and Gene Parsons around 1967, designed to allow the guitarist to manually raise the guitar's 'B' string one whole step to play pedal steel style licks. Marty Stuart bought this unique guitar in 1980 from White's widow.[11][12][13]
  • The Cloud - the name given to Prince's custom guitar built by Dave Rusan in 1983. An asymmetric, cloud-shaped body with two controls (a push-pull master tone and a master volume), a long curved arm roughly parallel to the neck, and a unique head. This was one of three guitars that Prince used frequently through the majority of his career, and the one most iconically associated with him.
  • The Concorde - the name given to Randy Rhodes' custom guitar built by Grover Jackson. An asymmetric 'V' shaped body with pointy "wings", revamp of the Gibson Flying V. This prototype evolved into Jackson Randy Rhoads model and led to the creation of the Jackson Guitars brand.




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







  • Old Black[10] – the name given to the main Gibson Les Paul electric guitar used by rock musician Neil Young.
  • The Old Boy – a left-handed SG-lookalike that was built by John Diggins ("Jaydee") and that served as Tony Iommi's main guitar for many years. It has since been retired and remains in Iommi's possession.



Jerry Garcia's Rosebud guitar
Jerry Garcia's Rosebud guitar
  • Red Special – an electric guitar owned by Queen guitarist Brian May and custom-built by him and his father Harold over a two-year period beginning in 1963.[39] The Red Special is also sometimes named in reviews as the Fireplace or the Old Lady, both nicknames used by May when referring to the guitar.[40] This particular guitar is unusual in having an entire book devoted to it: May, Brian (2014). Brian May's Red Special: The Story of the Home-made Guitar that Rocked Queen and the World. ISBN 978-1480341470.
  • The Rickenbastard - a Rickenbacker 4001 electric bass guitar owned by Lemmy Kilmister, nicknamed after his controversial lifestyle.
  • Rocky - name given to George Harrison's blue Fender Stratocaster. The guitarist painted with bright DayGlo paint, nail polish and glitter in a psychedelic style. The name "Rocky" is prominently displayed on the head stock. The guitar first appeared on the "All You Need Is Love" TV taping and also displayed in the jacket booklet of Magical Mystery Tour album.
  • Rosebud – Jerry Garcia's fourth custom guitar made by the luthier Doug Irwin[41]
  • The Red Strat – David Gilmour's second-most famous Stratocaster.[42] It was used during Pink Floyd's last two albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell along with white-colored back-up versions built to the same specifications.


  • Sabionari (1679) - one of the five surviving guitars made by Antonio Stradivari and the only one still playable.[43] 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 Spider-Man sticker. A few years ago the headstock was broken off while in transit between the United States and Europe. It was repaired and was back in when the Dickies toured the UK with the Damned in 2012.




  • 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.[49] "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 US$700,000 in 2002. The total price was US$789,500 per the buyer's commission fee.[46]
  • Woodstock Stratocaster - a 1968 Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. The 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.[50]

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