Name Recognition: 10 Essential Signature Model Guitars

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PlankSpank

Randy Rhoads could run rings around Slash. I just never liked the V- shape. I am a strat cat, Gibson doesn't appeal to me for the same reason. The strat is like a favorite pair of jeans or shoes. 25 1/2 scale is more to my style even though the Vandenberg was 24 3/4 it was like a bastard child of a Fender and a Gibson

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PlankSpank

I had an original Vandenberg from Peavey that was excellent instrument. I personally don't think Slash is all that. When he was with Roses he played crappy. The studio wizards really made those albums Roy Thomas Baker was an unsung genius for a lot of groups. Cut and paste lol. I currently have a Yamaha RGXA2,PRS Torero,Jackson SLQ2 and a Yamaha LS6 acoustic. Yamaha wins my vote for bang for the buck the RGXA2 is sweet. I wish the Torero had a rechargeable battery lol. 9 volts are a bee-yotch

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classicrockguy

a couple other signature models that I'd like to own
Alex Lifeson white Gibson ES 355 (my dream guitar)
Jimmy Page's signature Les Paul. Or Alvin Lee's big red Gibson 355
Seems like when you think about it almost all of the big name players have a signature model guitar.....
Clapton
Beck
Malmsteen
Buddy Guy
Gilmore
Blackmore
D. Allman etc.......
Also makes me wonder why some players don't have one, like George Harrison, Keith Richards or Hendrix. If there is one I certainaly don't see it on the market anywhere

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BP Storm

What no Johnny A Gibson model. I'd sure like to know more about that guitar.

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Twang Fan

in 1962, Duane Eddy became the FIRST rock and roll guitar player to have a signature guitar, with the release of the Guild DE-500 Duane Eddy Signature model.

Gretsch released the Duane Eddy Signature 6120 model in 2011.

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MetFan1

What about the G&L Jerry Cantrell Rampage signature model? I have the import edition and let me tell you its a very well made, budget priced version of the USA model at about 1/3 the price. It has 1 humbucker, a double locking Kahler tremelo system and an ebony fretboard and plays like a beast!

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dle5150

Essential must mean which manufacturers paid the most $$ to have their guitars featured? Not to knock any on the list, some cool axes indeed!

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dle5150

Yep & I agree on the George Lynch ESP'S, I know a few lucky guys that own em and they are very nice....almost essential?

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dle5150

Would've selfishly liked to have seen my JacksonPC1 Phil Collen as part of the list. Mines from the original Jackson Custom shop before the Fender buyout. But with only 10 there are many others that didn't make it, maybe top 20 next time?

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classicrockguy

Although I really don't like the guitar, the video of Paul Gilbert on this is really cool.
My favorite signature guitar is SRV's signature strat that I own.
Wish I could play it like he did.

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midnightfluff

Can anyone at Guitar World tell me they think "Essential" means???

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guitarissts

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it is also needed....

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guitarissts

I have some basic musical training- violin in the 6th and 7th grade, which I liked and was told by my school
music teacher that I had good musical talent- and used to be able to read music. I never took guitar lessons
and it became obvious to me that I didn't have the innate talent to learn on my own. I need a little help.
Thanks...

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Alan Sells

What about the Jeff Beck Signature Strat from Fender???? Roller nut, rounded heel at neck slot, locking tuners, noisless pick ups, that is one fine machine!!!

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acesteele

I can't believe that the Jackson RANDY RHOADS models or
the Ibanez PAUL STANLEY PS-10's weren't listed.

Those are 2 of the most recognizable & popular signature models of the 80's, 90's & beyond.

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frets27

I guess no one remembers scalloped fretboards like the Malmsteen and Blackmore Strats... my '07 Malmsteen model plays like no other guitar!

gwlucas

I'm really fond of my Schecter Jeff Loomis FR 7.

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jbliguori

None of these do anything for me either, still like more any of my Plaid Blues Saraceno guitars

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frets27

I'd love to see a re-issue of the Samick TV Twenty.
It kind of looks like a Wolfgang/Axis. Saraceno was the man!

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Boss429Hemi

Nothing against Slash, but I have always thought of the irony of a Gibson/Epiphone Les Paul Appetite for Destruction copy considering all the law suits Gibson has filed against manufacturers Les Paul Copies for being too close to the original.

These are a Gibson/Epiphone rendition copy of a Kris Derrig-made Les Paul copy.

I wonder if Kris Derrig can sue Gibson for patent right infringments of his version of a an original Les Paul?

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zedman

None of those guitars really do anything for me.
If I had a ton of money to spend on guitars, none of those would warrant consideration.

But that's my tastes, so my list would be different.

nursetom61

I know I will probably get a lot of flack over this but, I really love my Kenny Wayne Shepherd Strat. For the money it can't be beat.

strat714

This must be a different form of the word "essential" than the one I know.

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mogwai73

Nice list... these may be 10 essential, but far from being the 10 most recognizable models:
- (no brand) Frankenstein (Eddie Van Halen iconic guitar)
- Ibanez Jem or Ibanez Universe (Steve Vai model)
- Ibanez JS 1000 (Joe Satriani model)
- Ibanez JPM P3 (John Petrucci model)
- Ernie Ball / Music Man, Steve Morse model
- Fender Stratocaster, Stevie Ray Vaughan model
- Fender Jag-stang (it's the Kurt Cobain model!)
- Washburn N4 (Nuno Bettencourt model)
- etc.

And what about Lucille or "the log"?

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worthbeer

and WHERE is Nuno?

there is a signature that has been out there for twenty years!!!!

Represent! GW!

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frets27

I agree… one of the three nicest guitars I ever played was a mid-90’s Nuno model.

The other two: a Fender SRV model and a first issue Music Man EVH guitar now known as the Axis.

Charvel’s are like butter too! (I haven’t tried the new ones)

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ipsofacto

My favorites from this group are the EVH Stealth and Music Man JP-12. Both have some very unique features that are a result of years of "hands on" upgrades and development by those players.

Another unique model that didn't make the list is the Alex Lifeson Signature Gibson Les Paul Axcess w/ Floyd Rose and built-in Piezo pickup.

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espkamikaze

As if none of George Lynch's Signature Series ESP guitars made it in here. His guitars are some of the best Signature model guitars out there (for looks, originality, playability). They put Kirk Hammett's to shame...

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Yo Father

you forgot the Randy Rhoads by Jackson

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