Signature Guitars by Type

This is version of the signature guitars page, reorganized by types/models/makes of guitars.  Those noted with an asterisk are actual signature models.  I also list those at the bottom of the page, although it's by no means a comprehensive list of all signature models.




Strat players
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Various Stratocasters (including Floyd Rose-equipped models)

Buddy Guy
Signature Fender Stratocaster with Lace Sensors (polka dot)*

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
'50s reissue Fender Stratocaster with EMG SA pickups and EXG and SPC preamps (red) (This is what I designed my red Strat to emulate.)
Fender Stratocaster (black with black pickguard)* (Fender released a signature model of this based on what he has been playing off and on since the '70s.)

The Edge (U2)
Stratocaster (black)

Eric Clapton (solo, Cream, everyone else)
"Blackie" Stratocaster (black)
Original Fender signature model Strat with Lace Sensor pickups (This is what I designed my black Strat to emulate.)*
Modern Fender signature model Strat with Vintage Noiseless pickups*
Many other Strats (red, etc.)

Eric Johnson
'57 Stratocaster (sunburst)*

George Harrison (The Beatles)
Stratocaster (psychedelic paint job)

Jeff Beck
Signature Fender Stratocaster with Lace Sensor pickups (green)*

Jimi Hendrix
Inverted right-handed Fender Strat (white)*

Pete Townshend (The Who)
Stratocaster with Lace Sensor pickups (red; the Clapton signature model according to some reports, but has a Fishman Powerbridge installed)

Stevie Ray Vaughn
Sunburst (barely) Strat w/ gold hardware (aka "Number One")*

Yngwie Malmsteen
'70s Strat (aged yellow)*


Tele players
Bruce Springstein
Fender Telecaster (butterscotch blonde) (This is similar to my Telecaster.)

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Vintage Telecaster (sunburst, what's left of the finish; He usually plays "Run Like Hell" on this when they do it live.)

Jeff Beck
Numerous Telecasters with humbuckers installed

Jimmy Page (Led Zep)
Various Telecasters (He even did the Stairway solo on one, believe it or not!)

Keith Richards (The Stones)
Fender Telecaster (butterscotch blonde)

Prince
Hohner Tele copy (butterscotch)

Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers)
Fender Telecaster


Other Fender players
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
Fender Mustang (among others)

Geddy Lee (Rush, duh)
Fender jazz bass*

Jaco Pastorious
Fender Jazz bass (fretless)

Roger Waters (Pink Floyd, solo)
Fender Precision bass (black)* (However, the signature model doesn't really look like what he plays.  Specifically, the hardware on the "signature" model is all black instead of chrome.  I believe his is American-made as well, unlike the signature model.


Gibson Les Paul players
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
"Pearly Gates" Gibson Les Paul* (He has a vintage one, but they released a set of 50 autographed signatures as well.)

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
'56 Goldtop Les Paul (with P-90s and Bigsby)

Duane Allman (Allman Brothers)
'59 Gibson Les Paul (darkburst)

Eddie Van Halen
Mini-Les Paul (aka "Little Guitar")

Jeff Beck
Gibson Les Paul with open-face humbuckers

Eric Clapton (solo, Cream, everyone else)
Various Gibson Les Pauls

Jimmy Page (Led Zep)
Les Paul with coil taps, series/parallel switching, and a phase switch (burst)* (Here's a wiring scheme that does this.)

Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
Gibson Les Paul (several signature models) (He has incorporated the Tone X circuit into some of his instruments which is something I have used on, for example, this Les Paul.)*

Neal Schon (Journey)
Gibson Les Paul* (Journey)

Neil Young
Les Paul (with Bigsby)

Peter Frampton
Gibson Les Paul (but don't forget your talkbox!)

Slash (Gun's 'n' Roses)
Les Paul copies (burst)
Gibson Les Paul signature (purple)*

Zack Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne)
Bullseye LP w/ EMGs (black and white)*
Bullseye LP w/ EMGs (camo)*
Rebel flag LP


Gibson 335 players
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Gibson ES-335 (for the first three albums)

B.B. King
Gibson ES-355 (black, no soundholes; aka "Lucille")*

Chuck Berry
Gibson ES 335 with Bigsby

Eric Clapton (solo, Cream, everyone else)
Various hollowbodies, including a few Gibson 335s


Gibson SG players
Angus Young (AC/DC)
Gibson SG (red)
Gibson SG w/ tremolo (red)*

Carlos Santana
Gibson SG

Duane Allman (Allman Brothers)
'68 Gibson SG (cherry)

Eric Clapton (solo, Cream, everyone else)
Gibson SG ("Fool," custom artwork, used during the Cream years)

Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
Gibson SG

Jimmy Page (Led Zep)
Double-neck SG (red)*

Robby Krieger (The Doors)
Gibson SG

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Gibson SG*


Gibson Jazz players
Charlie Christian
Gibson ES 150 (several different ones; note the different inlays: sometimes full, sometimes just dots)

Chet Atkins
Gibson Tennessean*
Gibson (SST) solid body acoustic*

Dave Matthews
Chet Atkins signature acoustic SST*

Django Reinhardt
Various electrics of the time.  He was photographed playing Gibsons on several occasions, but I have also seen him with a Gretsch Synchromatic and other hollowbodies that I did not recognize.)  Additionally, he sometimes played Selmers with a Stimer pickup installed.

Duane Eddy
Various Gibson and Guild guitars

Eddie Lang
Gibson L-5 acoustic

The Edge (U2)
Gibson Explorer

Elvis Presley
Gibson Super 400 (several variant models)
Gibson Dove acoustic

John Lennon (Beatles)
Gibson J-160 acoustic*
Epiphone Casino*

Johnny Winter
Gibson Firebird (white)

Scotty Moore (Elvis)
Gibson ES-295 (gold)

Steve Howe (Yes)
Gibson ES-175 (sunburst)

Ted Nugent
Gibson Byrdland

Wes Montgomery
Gibson L-5 CES


Gretsch players
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird (presently reissued as the "Billy Bo")*

Bo Diddley
Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird (presently reissued as the "Billy Bo")*
Gretsch Firebird (basically a red Duo Jet with Dynasonic pickups)
Gretsch "box"*

Bono (U2)
Gretsch Irish Falcon*

Brian Setzer (Stray Cats, Brian Setzer Orchestra)
Gretsch White Falcon (and Black Phoenix)
Gretsch 6120 (orange) vintage 1958 model with custom decals (black cat, etc.) and missing tone switch (It's inside the guitar), etc.
Gretsch signature model 6120 (orange) (My Gretsch 6120-1960 is essentially this guitar without his name on the pickguard.)*
Gretsch signature Hot Rod*
Many other Gretsches both vintage and customized versions of his signature models.

Chet Atkins
Gretsch Country Gentleman
Gretsch 6120*

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Gretsch Duo Jet (black with Filtertrons)

Cliff Gallup (Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps)
Gretsch Duo Jet

Duane Eddy
Gretsch 6120 (w/ Dynasonics)*

Eddy Cochran
Gretsch 6120 (with P-90 in neck position replacing the Dynasonic and a clear pickguard because he scraped the paint off)

The Edge (U2)
Various Gretsch guitars

George Harrison (The Beatles)
Gretsch Country Gentleman (brown; famous from the Ed Sullivan appearance)
Gretsch Duo Jet (black; seen on the cover of his "Cloud 9" album)*

Jeff Beck
Gretsch Duo Jet (for most rockabilly performances)

Jim Heath (Rev. Horton Heat)
Gretsch 6120 (orange; TV Jones pickups, clear pickguard, G-brand with Western inlays)*

Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
Gretsch Rock Jet (amber) (This is what my Gretsch Rock Jet is partially based on.)*
Gretsch White Falcon

Neil Young
Gretsch White Falcon


Rickenbacker players
John Lennon (Beatles)
Rickenbacker 325 jet 6/12 (black)*

Pete Townshend (The Who)
Rickenbacker 316 (black)

Roger McGuinn (the Byrds)
Rickenbaker 360-6/12*

Suzanna Hoffs (The Bangles)
Rickenbacker (not sure which)

Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers)
Multiple Rickenbackers including 12-String with a 620 style body*

Chris Squire (Yes)
Rickenbacker bass

Geddy Lee (Rush, duh)
Rickenbacker

Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead)
Rickenbacker bass

Roger Waters (Pink Floyd, solo)
Rickenbacker bass (During the Syd Barret era primarily)


Steinberger players
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Various Steinbergers.  I have seen him play a rare GL with three single coils and a GM as well.

Eddie Van Halen
5150 Steinberger GL (red with black & white stripes)  (Similar to my Steinberger Spirit.)

Mike Rutherford (Genesis)
Steinberger GM (black or white)  (Similar to my Steinberger Spirit.)

Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie/Tin Machine)
Steinberger GM (This is the first player I saw with one of these, and what inspired me to get this guitar.)
Steinberger GL (including the famous one painted silver.  Bowie had one of these too.)


PRS players
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Various PRS guitars

Carlos Santana
Various PRS models (including several signature models)*

Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
PRS signature model*


EBMM players
Eddie Van Halen
Ernie Ball/Music Man signature model (red) (This is what my Axis copy is based on.)*

John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature Model*

Flea (RHCP)
Ernie Ball/Music Man Stringray

Tony Levin (He's worked with damned near everyone ever recorded)
Ernie Ball/Music Man Stingray*


Ibanez players
Eddie Van Halen
Shark (modified Ibanez Destroyer)

Joe Satriani
Ibanez signature model (chrome or red)*

Steve Morse
Musicman signatures (at least two of them so far)*

Steve Vai
Ibanez Jem 7 string (smeared/streaked dayglow rainbow)*
Ibanez 777 (white with vine inlay)*
Ibanez 777 (black with mirrored pickguard and pyramid inlay on body)*


Jackson players
Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
Jackson signature flying V*

Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
Jackson PC-1*

Randy Rhodes (Ozzy Osbourne)
Jackson Flying V (polka dots)*


Parker players
Adrian Belew
Parker signature (includes a Variax, sustainer, and synth!)

Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie/Tin Machine)
Parker Fly


One-off models
Alan Holdsworth
Carvin signature models* (Several versions over the years.  The latest employs a Steinberger-style trem and headless neck.)

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Various custom Bolin guitars

Brian May (Queen)
Homemade "Red Special" (built with his dad)
Guild signature model*
Burns signature model*
BMG signature model*

Django Reinhardt
Selmer Maccafferi D-hole (My Saga D-500 Gitane is a modern copy of this guitar.)
Selmer Maccafferi oval hole

Eddie Van Halen
Frankenstrat v.1 - White with black stripes*
Frankenstrat v.2 - Black with yellow stripes*
Frankenstrat v.3 - Red with black & white stripes (This is what my Frankenstrat is mostly based on.)*
5150 Kramer (red with black & white stripes)
Peavey Wolfgang (black, red, etc.)*

Eric Clapton (solo, Cream, everyone else)
Martin acoustic signature model*

Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
Alembic signature (mahogany, aka "Rosebud"; now sold as the Tribute model)*

Jimmy Page (Led Zep)
Danelectro U2 (black and white)

Johnny Ramone
Mosrite (white)

Johnny Smith
D'Angelico (Excel, but has "New Yorker" on the headstock anyway.  Looks a lot like mine except for the color.  This is what he plays on all the records; the signature models came later, after he quit the business.)

Johnny Winter
Erlewine Lazer (black or white)

Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
ESP signature models (black)*

Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
Rick Turner Model 1

Lita Ford
Just about anything by B.C. Rich (usually Warlocks and Biches)

Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
Pensa Suhr (transparent amber finish) w/ a set of white EMGs

Melissa Ethridge
Ovation acoustic (black)

Prince
Auerswald Cloud guitar (white)
Auerswald Artist symbol (gold)

Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie/Tin Machine)
Various Fernandez models
Reverend signature*

Stanley Jordan
Vigier Arpege


Bonus: Signature models

These are the official signature models based on/endorsed by guitarists and the instruments they play.
Alan Holdsworth
Carvin signature models* (Several versions over the years.  The latest employs a Steinberger-style trem and headless neck.)

Angus Young (AC/DC)
Gibson SG w/ tremolo (red)*

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird (presently reissued as the "Billy Bo")*

B.B. King
Gibson ES-355 (black, no soundholes; aka "Lucille")*

Bo Diddley
Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird (presently reissued as the "Billy Bo")*
Gretsch "box"*

Bono (U2)
Gretsch Irish Falcon*

Brian May (Queen)
Guild signature model*
Burns signature model*
BMG signature model*

Brian Setzer (Stray Cats, Brian Setzer Orchestra)
Gretsch signature model 6120 (orange) (My Gretsch 6120-1960 is essentially this guitar without his name on the pickguard.)*
Gretsch signature Hot Rod*

Buddy Guy
Signature Fender Stratocaster with Lace Sensors (polka dot)*

Carlos Santana
Various PRS models (including several signature models)*

Chet Atkins
Gretsch 6120*
Gibson Tennessean*
Gibson (SST) solid body acoustic*

Dave Matthews
Chet Atkins signature acoustic SST*

Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
PRS signature model*

Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
Jackson signature flying V*

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Fender Stratocaster (black with black pickguard)* (Fender released a signature model of this based on what he has been playing off and on since the '70s.)

Duane Eddy
Gretsch 6120 (w/ Dynasonics)*

Eddie Van Halen
Frankenstrat v.1 - White with black stripes*
Frankenstrat v.2 - Black with yellow stripes*
Frankenstrat v.3 - Red with black & white stripes (This is what my Frankenstrat is mostly based on.)*
Ernie Ball/Music Man signature model (red) (This is what my Axis copy is based on.)*
Peavey Wolfgang (black, red, etc.)*

Eddy Cochran
Gretsch 6120 (with P-90 in neck position replacing the Dynasonic and a clear pickguard because he scraped the paint off)

Eric Clapton (solo, Cream, everyone else)
Original Fender signature model Strat with Lace Sensor pickups (This is what I designed my black Strat to emulate.)*
Modern Fender signature model Strat with Vintage Noiseless pickups*
Martin acoustic signature model*

Eric Johnson
'57 Stratocaster (sunburst)*

George Harrison (The Beatles)
Gretsch Duo Jet (black; seen on the cover of his "Cloud 9" album)*

Jeff Beck
Signature Fender Stratocaster with Lace Sensor pickups (green)*

Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
Alembic signature (mahogany, aka "Rosebud"; now sold as the Tribute model)*

Jim Heath (Rev. Horton Heat)
Gretsch 6120 (orange; TV Jones pickups, clear pickguard, G-brand with Western inlays)*

Jimi Hendrix
Inverted right-handed Fender Strat (white)*

Jimmy Page (Led Zep)
Les Paul with coil taps, series/parallel switching, and a phase switch (burst)* (Here's a wiring scheme that does this.)
Double-neck SG (red)*

Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
Gibson Les Paul (several signature models) (He has incorporated the Tone X circuit into some of his instruments which is something I have used on, for example, this Les Paul.)*

Joe Satriani
Ibanez signature model (chrome or red)*

John Lennon (Beatles)
Rickenbacker 325 jet 6/12 (black)*
Gibson J-160 acoustic*
Epiphone Casino*

John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature Model*

Johnny Smith
Guild Johnny Smith Award (later called the Guild Artist Award)*
Gibson Johnny Smith (later called the Gibson LeGrand)*
Heritage Johnny Smith*

Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
ESP signature models (black)*

Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
Gretsch Rock Jet (amber) (This is what my Gretsch Rock Jet is partially based on.)*

Neal Schon (Journey)
Gibson Les Paul* (Journey)

Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
Jackson PC-1*

Randy Rhodes (Ozzy Osbourne)
Jackson Flying V (polka dots)*

Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie/Tin Machine)
Reverend signature*

Roger McGuinn (the Byrds)
Rickenbaker 360-6/12*

Slash (Gun's 'n' Roses)
Gibson Les Paul signature (purple)*

Steve Vai
Ibanez Jem 7 string (smeared/streaked dayglow rainbow)*
Ibanez 777 (white with vine inlay)*
Ibanez 777 (black with mirrored pickguard and pyramid inlay on body)*

Stevie Ray Vaughn
Sunburst (barely) Strat w/ gold hardware (aka "Number One")*

Steve Morse
Musicman signatures (at least two of them so far)*

Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers)
Multiple Rickenbackers including 12-String with a 620 style body*

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Gibson SG*

Yngwie Malmsteen
'70s Strat (aged yellow)*

Zack Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne)
Bullseye LP w/ EMGs (black and white)*
Bullseye LP w/ EMGs (camo)*


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