Guitar Wars?
I don't know how big an overlap is among the Star Wars nerds and guitar nerds, but I wondered which instruments would the denizens of the Star Wars universe play and why?  Here's a guess...

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The Good Guys (Original trilogy)

Luke Skywalker Fender Telecaster

Hey, he's a farmboy.  And blonde.  What did you expect?

Princess Leia Rickenbacker 325 Jetglo

So you say you want a Revolution?

Han Solo Gibson 335

He likes to sound smooth, but he can rock out if he needs to.  He likes to blend in, nothing too flashy, but he's versatile. 

And besides, it sort of reminds him of his ship.

Lando Calrissian Gibson 355 with Varitone and stereo outputs

He's more refined than his earlier incarnation.  He has an extra switch and two outputs for when he needs to play both sides (of the stage or wherever) and needs say two different things at the same time.

Chewie Stanley Clarke signature Alembic bass

He may be big and brown like his bass, but you need to be a star pilot to figure out the active electronics on these suckers.

R2-D2 Godin LGX-SA

He can play with the rest of the boys or plug into a synthesizer and jam on that, too.  Watch out, Max Rebo!

C-3PO Gibson Les Paul Gold Top

They've been around almost from the very beginning.

Old Ben Kenobi Gibson L5

This guitar just looks like you need a beard to play it.

Jawa Uke

What else could back up a culture of sopranos?

Gonk Droid Gretsch Bo Diddly

Boxey.  But good.

Hammer Head Kramer TriAxe

The guitar is on the right.

Muftak Dean Custom ZZ Top bass

The fur gives it a warm sound.

Jek Porkins Rev. Horton Heat signature model Gretsch 6120

 Big guy.  Big sound.  What more can I say?

Wedge Antilles Gretsch 6130 Roundup

Pull up, pull up!

2-1B Medical Droid Dan Armstrong Ampeg

This was a transparent choice.

Rebel Soldier Gretsch White Penguin

This is my rifle, this is my gun.
One is for fightin', the other's a Chilly Willy!

Yoda Martin Backpacker

Because aside from the occasional X-Wing for you to plug into, there's just no electricity on Dagobah.

Lobot Klein bass

If these two weren't made for one another, I don't know what is.

Princess Leia as Boushh Shure 55SH Series II Mic

Baby, with that voice, you'll be a hit!

Ackbar Moog analog synth


Nien Nunb Fender Precision Bass

Both these guys were likely made in Korea.

Mon Mothma Yamaha RGX-A2

You don't need to be loud to lead a rebellion.

Rebel soldiers (Endor assault) Zack Wylde Signature LP

You'll hear it before you see it.

The Bad Guys (Original trilogy)

Darth Vader Jackson Randy Rhodes signature Flying V in black

It looks like it could cut through anything, like, say, your long-lost son's forearm.

Grand Moff Tarkin Gibson Dove Acoustic

You know deep down this guy thinks he's Johnny Cash.

Stormtrooper Danelectro U2
Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.

Benjamin: Yes, sir.

Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?

Benjamin: Yes.  I am.

Mr. McGuire: Plastics

Greedo Ibanez Jem

It's not easy being green.

Tuskin Raider Rick Turner Model 1 CP

It stays in tune better than a gaffi stick.

TIE Pilot Ernie Ball/Music Man Stingray

Cool enough to play sideman for Darth Vader.

Death Star Gunner Vox Teardrop

As if six strings cried out and were suddenly silenced.

Death Star Droid Ibanez Joe Satriani signature

Two words: Chrome plating.

Wampa Gretsch White Falcon

Big and cool.  Very cool

Imperial Snowtrooper Ibanez Iceman

Yo.  We be chillin'.

Boba Fett Gibson Explorer Custom

Only someone who would fly something like Slave I has taste this poor.

Boskk Gretsch Duo Jet double cutaway

The resemblance to Malcolm Young is uncanny.

IG-88 Chapman Stick

Admit it.  You were thinking the same thing.

Dengar Mosrite Mark I

Rumor has it he busted his head at a Ramones show.

4-LOM Steel guitar

Hey, Zuckuss, back me up...

Zuckuss Resonator guitar

Got the bounty huntin' blues.  Yeah.

Jabba the Hutt Upright bass

You didn't think the old boy was a mandolin player, didja?

Bib Fortuna Danelectro Longhorn bass

If you're going to back up someone ugly, 
you might as well be, too.

Gamorrean Guard Gene Simmons' Kramer Bass

Everyone says Gene Simmons is a pig.  Well, they're right.

The Emperor Paul Reed Smith Standard 24

He says this guitar makes him sound like he has lightning coming 
out of his fingertips.

Emperor's Royal Guards BC Rich Warlock

Red.  Plastic.  Deadly.

Biker Scout Erlewine Lazer


The Good Guys (Prequel trilogy)

Anakin Skywalker Parker Fly

The flamed top?  It's called foreshadowing.

Queen Amidala Ovation acoustic

Pretty much what everyone plays on Naboo.  But she has one to match every outfit.

Young Obi-Wan Kenobi Washburn Nuno Bettencourt signature

Back to basics.

Qui-Gon Jinn EC signature Strat

Dude.  He is so Clapton.

Mace Windu Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod


Kit Fisto Gretch Anniversary

Three chords and the Force, man.

Aayla Secura Rickenbacker 4003 bass

Weird headstocks abound!

Jar Jar Binks Banjo


Boss Nass D'Angelico New Yoker

He's a jazz fan.  Couldn't you tell?

Capt. Panaka Curbow bass

Playing backup to the girls.

Fode and Beed Gibson Doubleneck

Yeah, kinda obvious.

Taun We Prince's Cloud Guitar


Tarrful Gretsch Country Gentleman

Fuzzy string mutes not required.

The Bad Guys (Prequel trilogy)

Darth Maul Gibson SG

Black and red.  It's got horns. 
These two were separated at birth.

Emperor Palpatine Paul Reed Smith Standard 24

If you're royalty, you might as well go with something that costs roughly the gross domestic product of an empire

Darth Tyranus/Count Dooku Les Paul Custom

Being a classic doesn't mean you can't still kick ass.

Battle Droid Yamaha Silent Guitar

Neither would last a round with Pete Townshend.

Sebulba Speedster Travel Guitar

They're backwards, but they go fast.

Watto Fender Jaguar

Two things that come to mind when I hear the words 
"Overpriced junk."

Aura Sing Ibanez JEM7V Steve Vai signature

This is why her fingers are so long.

Jango Fett Steinberger Transscale

Something that travels well and can be concealed easily. 
Oh, and it's got its head cut off as well.

Zam Wessell Line 6 Variax 700

Please!  She's a shape-shifter.  What else would she play?

Clone Trooper Gibson Firebird

Well, it was the inspriation for countless clones, after all.

Poggle the Lesser Alembic Tribute

A long, strange trip indeed...

General Grievous Westone Rail bass

He acts like a bad ass, but he's just a metal skeleton backing up the real bad guys.

Grievous' Magna Guard Steinberger GM

Fights harder than most even without a head!

Darth Anakin Jimi Hendrix's 
Burned Strat

Montery or Mustafar... they're both toast!

Copyright 2006 Ale[X]-wing fighter.  Updated 2008.