From the Bat Strat to Arm the Homeless and the Dean from Hell: 10 all-star guitars that defined the ’90s

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Compared with the technicolor explosion that was the '80s, which featured hot-rodded guitars and equally hair-brained technicians at the helm, the '90s represented something of a sullen dream state.

The grunge explosion resulted in six-strings that carried a different vibe. They were a bit angrier, more battered and throaty yet shimmering. From Corgan to Greenwood, to Hetfield to Gallagher, in their own way, guitars of the '90s packed a memorable punch to the gut.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.