Photo Gallery: '108 Rock Star Guitars' Offers Up-Close Look at Axes Owned by Jimmy Page, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Beck and More
On October 8, Glitterati Incorporated will publish 108 Rock Star Guitars, a new book by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson.
It's a collection of intimate portraits of cherished guitars owned by the gods of rock.
The 396-page hardcover book lets readers get up close and personal with an impressive assemblage of 108 guitars belonging to Les Paul, Eric Clapton, John Petrucci, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani, Brian May, Eric Johnson, Rick Nielsen, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Billy Gibbons, Steve Vai, Steve Howe, Alex Lifeson, Ace Frehley, Jeff Beck and many others.
Below, you can check out Guitar World's gallery of 12 of the book's 300 photos.
108 Rock Star Guitars is the culmination of Johnsonʼs 17-year journey that began when she photographed Les Paulʼs guitar during one of his regular Monday-night sets at New York Cityʼs Iridium Jazz Club. Les Paul even wrote the bookʼs foreword a few months before he died in 2009.
“I remember the first black-and-white pictures Lisa took of my guitars. They were wonderfully evocative,” he wrote. “I never could have guessed she would one day produce the extensive, impressive collection of photographs presented here.”
A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit the Les Paul Foundation.
The book (SRP: $108) is available at 108RockStarGuitars.com.
Glitterati also will issue a deluxe, limited edition of 540 signed and numbered copies, packaged in a die-cut collectorʼs box (SRP: $540). Those books will include a hand-woven, silk chiffon scarf in deep purple, featuring the book cover design. Both editions will include a 16-page booklet, “The Inspiration Behind 108 Rock Star Guitars,” with additional behind-the-scenes photos and stories as well as a guitar pick printed with one of three custom holographic foil designs.
For details about both editions of the book, visit 108RockStarGuitars.com/the-book.
Photo: Lisa S. Johnson
Robby Krieger: 1960 Gibson Les Paul "Kriegerburst" (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Slash: 1987 Gibson Les Paul (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Peter Frampton: 2000 Signature Gibson Les Paul (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Keith Richards: 1952 Gibson ES-350 (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Joe Walsh: 1958 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Headstock (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Jimmy Page: 1968 Gibson EDS 1275 — "SG Double Neck" (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Jeff Beck: Fender Strat — 1993 Neck, 1995 Body (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Billy Gibbons: "The Fur" Gibson Explorer 0008 Headstock (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Alex Lifeson: 1976 Gibson ES-355 Stereo (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Ace Frehley: Modified Gibson Les Paul "UFO Light Guitar" (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Rock Star Guitars is available for pre-order at 108RockStarGuitars.com.
Wayne Kramer: 2010 Signature Fender Strat Stars and Stripes (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)
Zakk Wylde: "The Grail" 1981 Gibson Les Paul (Photo: Lisa S. Johnson)