Rock's Most Famous Guitars, Illustrated

artist: Misc date: 01/26/2013 category: entertainment
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Rock's Most Famous Guitars, Illustrated
A new collectable poster illustrates some of the most famous guitars in history.

"A Visual Compendium Of Guitars" documents 75 years of classic guitar history with beautifully precise computer illustrations.

Here, we collect some of our favourite images. You can order a limited-edition print of the poster at the Pop Chart Lab website.

Neil Young - 1953 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop "Old Black"

This has been Neil's main guitar since the late 1960s, and survived plenty of bumps to appear on all his best known albums.

Joe Strummer (The Clash) - 1966 Fender Telecaster

Strummer's famously battered Telecaster was recreated, scratch for scratch, for the 2007 NAMM show with a little help from street artist Shepard Fairey, who is known for his "Obey" artwork and the Obama "Change" poster.

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) - 1971 Gibson EDS-1275

The pinnacle of 1970 rock excess, if you don't count all the drugs and women. It was also favoured by jazz musician John McLaughlin.

Eddie Van Halen - 1979 Custom "Frankenstrat"

This was Van Halen's attempt at combining the Gibson-style pickup with a Fender Stratocaster body, but it's probably better known for it's wild paint job than its sound.

Michael Anthony (Van Halen) - 1984 Yamaha Custom Jack Daniel's Bass

Why not?

Gene Simmons (Kiss) - 1981 Kramer Axe

Gene Simmons likes to one-up other musicians, but he took the axe metaphor a little too seriously on this one.

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) - 1986 Mongrel Custom "Arm The Homeless"

Tom asked for a Stratocaster body with a Performance Corsair neck, 2 Seymour Duncan JB pickups and a chrome original Floyd Rose tremolo system - and hated it. He pulled it apart, and has changed it countless times since then, but it's been his main guitar for standard tuning ever since.

Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) - 1994 Washburn 333

Dimebag could probably make any guitar sound great, but this one helped define his image as one of the greatest modern metal guitarists of his era.

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