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
 

Naturally.


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
 

Pew, pew.... VRRRRMMMMMEEEEEOOOWWWWW!!!



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
 

Obviously.


Kit Fisto Gretch Anniversary
 

Three chords and the Force, man.


Aayla Secura Rickenbacker 4003 bass
 

Weird headstocks abound!


Jar Jar Binks Banjo
 

Duh.


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
 

Sleek.


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.
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