Best signature guitars 2024: top artist-endorsed guitars from Brian May, Steve Vai, EVH, Nita Strauss and more

Close up of a blue and and orange Gretsch Brian Setzer Signature model Gretsch hollowbody on a wooden background leant against a wall
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At some point in all our guitar playing journeys, we’ve been inspired by an artist more famous than ourselves, which in turn can affect the gear that we buy. The best signature guitars can represent the easiest and most logical way of sounding like your axe-slinging hero, though it can also just be a great way of obtaining an instrument with some fairly unique specs. 

Just because you’re looking at a signature guitar doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to sound exactly like them. You might just be after a guitar that differs slightly from the regular production models. Not all signature guitars have their namesake splattered all over the instrument either – many are subtle and don’t really look like signature models at all. 

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.

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