Top 10 Best Signature Guitars

artist: misc date: 02/21/2014 category: entertainment
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Top 10 Best Signature Guitars
What are the best signature guitars in the world? That's what we asked Ultimate Guitar readers this week, and as you might expect, the nominations were hotly contested.

Now we have the results, and you might be surprised at the results.

10. PRS Mark Tremonti Signature

The Alter Bridge and Creed guitarist was looking for pickups with a little more aggression and that would suit his rhythmic playing with a lot of palm muting. The thin neck carve was designed to accommodate both his thrash metal and traditional blues background. The result is a guitar that pleases plenty of guitarists from both backgrounds.

9. Ibanez Steve Vai Signature JEM

The unique pickup arrangement and improved vibrato was the secret behind Vai's wildy original guitar sounds. Guitars like this with 24 frets were a rarity back in the '80s, and the fresh and funky decorative features helped the JEM stand out at the time. The coolest thing: the "monkey grip" to accommodate some crazy poses on stage.

8. Randy Rhoads Signature Polka Dot

Rhoads turned to oddball guitar builder Karl Sandoval to create this fancy specimen. At only $740, you can still ask Mr. Sandoval to make one for you too.

7. Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster

Shorly before his untimely death in 1990s, Vaughan helped Fender produce this gorgeous axe with an alder body and gold-plated hardware. Notice the reverse left-hand vintage tremolo unit!

6. Dean Dimebag Darrell Signature

Dimebag enjoyed several different Dean models, but his favorite was the "From Hell" model with blue lightening bolts and a bada-s metal silhouette. It looked so f--king metal that it featured on the front of Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell" record.

5. ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte

Hetfield has a tonne of signature guitars with ESP - so what made this one your favourite? How about the aggressive EMG active humkuckers? The extra-jumbo frets? The premium locking tuners and strap locks? Nope: it's because James Hetfield sounds f--king awesome when he uses it.

4. Gibson Buckethead Signature Les Paul

This features modified arcade-style electronics and built from the ground up for shredding. Facemask and KFC bucket not included.

3. Gibson Tony Iommi Signature SG "Monkey"

Gibson has been Iommi's favorite guitar brand for years, ever since his original white Stratocaster failed during the first Black Sabbath album recording. The "Monkey" name simply comes from a monkey sticker he plastered on long ago.

2. Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat

This monster of a guitar was an attempt to combine the appearance of a Fender with the appearance of a Fender, with one killer paint job. It proved so popular that dozens of copycats, both official and unofficial, have popped up over the years.

1. Fender David Gilmour Signature Black Stratocaster

When Gilmour's first black strat was stolen only weeks after getting it, he went straight back to the same shop for another. It's been a Pink Floyd icon ever since, and ended up in the Hard Rock cafe. Today, it's the best signature guitar ever, as voted by you!


Thanks for voting for the best signature guitars in the world. What's your personal favorite? Can you think of any others? Let us know in the comments, and hit "like" below to share this rocking guitar list to your friends.
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