Wednesday Question: Best Signature Guitars?

What are the best guitars to be endorsed and developed by real-life rock gods? Nominate your favorite here!

Wednesday Question: Best Signature Guitars?
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There are many types of guitar in the world. But not all guitars are created equal.

No, we're not talking about electrified and acoustic, or how many strings they have. We're talking about signature guitars; the kind that are given the blessing of a rock god with a flick of a pen and a kiss from the stars. To some guitar collectors (or in some cases, newbies, depending on the celebrity and brand!), signature guitars are the difference between holy and unholy tones.

This week, we want to separate the dodgy cash-ins from the good stuff with this question:

What is the best signature guitar ever?

The rules are simple: the guitar has to be officially endorsed by a musician. That usually means they've put their name to it, and in most cases they've had some input into what the guitar actually does. It's hard to guarantee their level of involvement, but the best guitars probably took some input from the legends that let them grace their name on the product.

Post one nomination per comment, and up vote those you agree with. We'll round up the results in a shred-tastic top 10 list this Friday!

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    Diego_D
    Tony Iommi Signature SG
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    I can attest to the Epiphone one, it's better than alot of the low end Gibson SG's I've played and it has a 24 frets and pickups that are as close as passive gets to active.
    Ri_
    Les Paul - Les Paul
    WholeLottaIzzy
    But a Les Paul isn't a signature guitar. It's a guitar designed by Les Paul. Same with the Strat and Tele. They're not Leo Fender signatures but still bear his name. Les Paul has a signature guitar but it looks more like a 335 sorta thing. And if anything, it should at the very least be a Les Paul Recording.
    breakinslash
    Kinda is a les paul signature, just endorsed by other guitar companies (primarily gibson)
    Way Cool JR.
    I consider it a signature because Les Paul did partly design them and he did play them. Leo Fender didn't even play guitar so of course I wouldn't consider those signature model guitars. Apples and oranges IMO.
    tonello
    I wouldn't call it a signature guitar. Just like I wouldn't call the Rhoads a signature guitar. They are guitars that have taken on a life outside those that helped design it. When a "signature model" is being used for other people's signature models, you know that it's not signature model anymore. The SG originally had Les's signature on it and he never played it.
    sideslick
    Leo Fender never played guitar. Les Paul played a Les Paul until he couldn't play guitar anymore. I fail to see how that isn't the sign of a signature model.
    leo4sf
    The Lou Palo Les Paul is a signature guitar, and it is undoubtadly the greatest guitar ever made.
    Megadeth2011
    I'd say Jeff Loomis's signature Schecter. It's really a monster of a guitar.
    ewolf5150
    its good, owned one for 3 years now, but it just collects dust cuz i play my chris broderick jackson now. the loomis definitely has some major flaws tho.
    alfie9000
    Tom morello - Arm the homeless guitar
    ryanbwags
    Ironically, he has been quoted numerous times saying he hates that guitar. Got it custom made when he was starting out and the guy f'ed up the construction of it.
    alfie9000
    Cheers didn't know that TBH I think with Morello its not really the guitar what matters but the pedals wait till we get a signature pedals question
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    If that ever was a sig I would buy it right away but since tom is an anti-corporate socialist there is a better chance of the westboro baptist church marrying a gay couple.
    gshorty93
    Dimebag darrell's signature Dean
    cfhdomination
    I own his Washburn model that I bought back in '04. I've played the Dean models as well, but they pale in comparison to his Washburn signature (in my humble opinion). So I'll go with the Dime Signature Washburn.
    kramer242
    nah....go back to the original....if I remember correctly it was a Washburn.....The Dean was just a newer knock off because he signed a contract with them to design and play their guitars.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    the original was a Dean, it's just Dean makes the sigs they sell budget like most of their stuff so build quality isn't like Dime's original ML that was customized with the floyd and paintjob that he did to it.
    cfhdomination
    Just like the person above me stated, Dean was the original builder of Dime's guitars. Dime later signed with Washburn, who made a couple slight modifications to the Dean ML shape. I hear those older Dean ML's are nothing short of pure awesomeness. I've only tried the newer ones though and I wasn't too impressed with them.
    axld
    Have one of those, plays so smooth. Not the cheap ones though, some of those are just utter crap.
    sdbrown89
    Jackson Randy Rhoads... An iconic guitar for a true guitar legend, still being produced decades later and still used by loads of excellent modern players... the shape, the tone, the hardware, affordable models, it has everything!
    THarp91
    Buckethead's white Les Paul
    MotasMagic
    David Gilmour signature Black Strat.
    EoinOwnage
    As a bass player, I can imagine having a guitar that's 10% (or 15%, can't quite remember) bigger than a normal guitar would be a cool advantage. I would love to try out the Buckethead Les Paul.
    Axeman Eugene
    You must be pretty big if you feel the need for a guitar that's 10-15% larger than a normal one. Personally I'm a bass player too and I'm pretty tall, and I don't see any problem with the size of regular guitars.
    fromzero
    It's a tone thing. Nothing wrong with the size, I mean who want's to carry extra weight but more wood can also mean more resonance or brilliance.
    FUZION PREDATOR
    Vigier Shawn Lane Signature excalibur ? I've only tested it once, really a shredder guitar : low action & flat fretboard, strange at the beginning but really comfortable and fast in the end.