Signature Guitars
As I was writing about my favorite guitarists, it occurred to me how many guitars and guitarists out there are associated with one another, whether they're playing true "signature models" or not.  I tried to compile a list of guitars most people would picture in the hands of the following players.  Sorry, I didn't have time to compile photographs of everyone with their favorites' guitars.

It is interesting to see what a players choice of instrument says about his playing style.  For instance, players of vintage guitars tend to be traditionalists.  Those who play broken-down axes approach their playing with a rougher chops.  Guitarists who play the most abstract or "cutting-edge" instruments are usually the same ones putting out the most experimental records.  Consider the following....

Note: Those marked with an asterisk are official signature models released in the respective guitarist's name.  Sometimes these are indistinguishable (on casual inspection only, of course) from guitars played early in a given guitarist's career that inspired the official signature model.


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The Guitarists
    
Adrian Belew

Alan Holdsworth

Alex Lifeson

Andy Summers (The Police)

Angus Young (AC/DC)

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)


B.B. King

Bo Diddley

Bob Marley

Bonnie Raitt

Bono (U2)

Brian Jones (Rolling Stones)

Brian May (Queen)

Brian Setzer (Stray Cats, Brian Setzer Orchestra)

Bruce Springstein

Buddy Guy

Buddy Holly

Carlos Santana

Charlie Christian

Chet Atkins

Chuck Berry

Cliff Gallup (Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps)

Dave Davies (The Kinks)


Dave Matthews


Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

Dick Dale

Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)


Django Reinhardt

Duane Allman (Allman Brothers)

Duane Eddy

Eddie Lang

Eddie Van Halen

Eddy Cochran

The Edge (U2)

Elvis Presley

Eric Clapton (solo, Cream, everyone else)

Eric Johnson

George Harrison (The Beatles)

Jack White (The White Stripes)

Jeff Beck

Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)

Jim Heath (Rev. Horton Heat)

Jimi Hendrix


Jimmy Page (Led Zep)

Joe Perry (Aerosmith)

Joe Satriani

John Lennon (Beatles)

John Petrucci (Dream Theater)

Johnny Ramone

Johnny Smith

Johnny Winter

Keith Richards (The Stones)

Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)

Les Paul

Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)

Lita Ford

Malcolm Young (AC/DC)

Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)

Melissa Ethridge

Mick Ronson (David Bowie)

Mike Rutherford (Genesis)

Neal Schon (Journey)

Neil Young

Nels Cline (Wilco)

Pete Townshend (The Who)

Peter Buck (REM)

Peter Frampton


Phil Collen (Def Leppard)

Prince

Randy Rhodes (Ozzy Osbourne)

Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie/Tin Machine)

Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)

Ritchie Blackmore (Rainbow)

Robby Krieger (The Doors)


Roger McGuinn (the Byrds)

Scotty Moore (Elvis)

Slash (Gun's 'n' Roses)

Stanley Jordan

Steve Howe (Yes)

Steve Vai

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Steve Morse

Suzanna Hoffs (The Bangles)

Ted Nugent

Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers)

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

Wes Montgomery

Yngwie Malmsteen

Zack Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne)

Just a few bass players

Bootsy Collins (James Brown, then Parliament-Funkadelic)

Chris Squire (Yes)

Flea (RHCP)

Geddy Lee (Rush, duh)

Jaco Pastorious

John Entwistle (The Who)

Les Claypool (Primus)

Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead)

Paul McCartney (oh, come on.)

Roger Waters (Pink Floyd, solo)

Stanley Clark

Tony Levin (He's worked with damned near everyone ever recorded)


An observation
It's remarkable how some guitarists stick with one axe through much of their careers (e.g., Garcia, SRV, Brian May, B.B. King, etc.) whereas others are hard to pin down to even a single class of instrument (e.g., The Edge, Clapton, Townshend, etc).  As I indicated at the top, I suspect this a reflection of a deeper personality trait that informs all aspects of a musician.





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