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Most Iconic Guitars of All Time

posted Sep 27, 2009, 5:09 PM by Dennis Gess   [ updated Nov 12, 2009, 4:19 PM ]
Even before I start this article, let me say that this is about guitars, not guitarists. And this list is not in order of greatest guitars, it's merely an out-of-order list of some of the most famous guitars.


Used by: Eddie Van Halen.

"Wait, only Eddie Van Halen used this guitar?" is what most people will say. Well, that's true because only one was built, and that was by the man himself sometime back in the early 80's. Then a completely new company called Kramer built Eddie some replicas and EVH started to advertise for the company. Nowadays, you can find this guitar in abundance on eBay and numerous other sites. Trouble is, the currently produced replica costs around $24,000. It's far easier and cheaper to make one yourself.


Used by: Angus Young, Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

The Les Paul guitars weren't selling that great in 1960, so Gibson decided to up the heat on the competition (namely Fender) and completely redesigned the Les Paul. When this guitar first came out, it was still called the Les Paul. Unfortunately, Les Paul didn't like the radical design of it and asked Gibson to remove his name from it. They did, and from then on it was known as the SG, short for 'solid guitar'.


Used by: virtually every professional guitarist at some point in their career.

Yes, that's true. Even Angus Young (who is reputed to have played the SG for almost 40 years) owns several Les Pauls. That's because this is one of the most influential and versatile guitars ever built.

Used by: everyone that has ever played guitar.

That's true...to some extent at least. I guarantee you everyone has seen some sort of incarnation or representation of this guitar, let it be either a cheap Chinese Strat ripoff, or the real thing.