The Name Game: A History of Signature Guitars



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nice article

each to their own I say - In my case I'm a guitar geek/nerd and I have a 'thing' for Ibanez guitars and have...

Jem7 DBK - signed by Steve Vai
Egen8 - signed by Herman LI
STM1 - signed by Sam Totman

each one in person at different 'meet&greets' with handshakes, photos, back stage passes, lessons, hands-on with them etc

as a fan of the above [both guitars and players] has given me several great experiences, helped improve my playing and confidence, given me a hightend valued to my guitars and don't get me wrong... I play them, I gig them, I knock and ding them, I don't hang them in glass cases, I use them and they give me, my friends, my family and audiences fun - so yea - well worth it.



Pretty good article with one glaring mistake. Until recently, there was no such thing as an Ibanez Jem 7-string. The Jem was a 6-string ...the Universe was Vai's 7-string sig model.



For what many of these signature model guitars cost I could have one custom-made that would be every bit as good, if not better, and have everything that I would want. If I'm spending that kind of money, I want my own name on it, not someone else's! I guess I'm just funny that way.

I'd also want it to look new, not all beat up like a "reliced" guitar. Another thing I'm funny about is, rather than spending extra money to make it look beat up, I'd spend it on useful improvements, like better pick ups, or bridge or better quality wood…



These days everybody and their dogs has a signature model. It seems like everybody who's at least famous enough to get a one page piece in a guitar mag is talking about their new signature model that Ibanez or Fender or Gibson or somebody made for them.

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