“B.C. Rich guitars were God back then. They weren’t like a Strat or a Les Paul – they were something different. They had so much power”: Lita Ford on her trailblazing guitar journey – and that time she nearly joined Led Zeppelin

Lita Ford performs live with a B.C. Rich double-neck
(Image credit: Teddy Allison Photography)

Due to the breadth of her songwriting accomplishments, which date back to her days as a teenage phenomenon with The Runaways, Lita Ford’s guitar exploits are sometimes overlooked.

But a quick scan through her discography – which includes three-chord chug and some tasty solos in songs like Cherry Bomb – shows that, even at a young age, she understood guitar was an instrument of expression rather than a means to show off.

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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.