Just in case you missed it, our friends over at Rollingstone.com ran a really cool photo gallery last month called “20 Iconic Guitars.” The piece, which was written by James Sullivan, showcases great guitars and the musicians who played them.
You’ll find photos of well known electric guitars like the double-neck Gibson EDS-1275 that was immortalized by Jimmy Page in The Song Remains the Same, as well as Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat,” with its Jackson Pollock paintjob, Fender body and Gibson inner-workings.
The only acoustic guitar featured in the piece is “Trigger,” a Martin N-20 with a gaping hole in its body that’s been played by Willie Nelson for more than four decades now. And the gallery’s lone bass guitar is the famous Hofner violin-shaped model that was played by Paul McCartney throughout the Beatles‘ career as a live act.
You’ll also find some slightly less well known instruments, like “Old Black,” a 1950s Gibson Les Paul Goldtop that Neil Young has used for recording throughout his career; or “Tiger,” a 13-lb. custom Irwin electric guitar that was used by Jerry Garcia on and off from the late 1970s until his death in 1995.
The piece even clarifies a few misconceptions about famous rockers and their axes. For instance the guitar slung over Bruce Springsteen’s shoulder on the cover of Born to Run is in fact a modified 1950s Fender Esquire, and not a Fender Telecaster as is commonly thought.
Check out 20 Iconic Guitars at Rolling Stone online.