The guitar is the cornerstone of rock music and at the heart of the rock and roll experience. The mighty axe is about as iconic as the musicians who wield them. At The Insurance Emporium, we love rocking along to legendary riffs, licks and guitar solos. That’s why we’ve put together our list of some of the most iconic guitars in history!
Tom Morello – “Arm The Homeless” Custom
Known for producing noises that sound very little like an actual guitar, Tom Morello’s custom guitar, dubbed “Arm The Homeless”, was never supposed to sound quite the way it did. After changing almost every aspect of the instrument several times over, he finally gave up and settled with the guitar as it is today. It’s a good job too, because it gave us some legendary tracks like Bulls on Parade, Know Your Enemy, and everybody’s favourite Christmas number 1, Killing in the Name!
Gene Simmons – “Axe” Bass
Whatever you think of Kiss, you can’t deny they had an iconic appearance and unique stage presence. Really wanting to go all out on The Demon persona, Gene Simmons designed a literal axe to wield on stage. Pair the “Axe” Bass with the image of Simmons spitting blood in full makeup, costume and platform boots, and the band’s iconic imagery really comes to life.
Eddie Van Halen – Frankenstrat
A true Frankenstein of an electric guitar, in more than just name alone! Mr Van Halen himself set out to combine the body of the classic Stratocaster with the signature sound of a Gibson. Thus, the Frankenstrat was born! Eddie built the guitar himself, and designed the eye-catching red, white and black finish.
Johnny Cash – Martin D-35
Johnny Cash almost exclusively played Martin guitars, but none were quite as iconic as his custom-built D-35! This was the first Martin guitar designed with an all-black finish, perfect for the Man in Black! Cash ended up playing the guitar on stage for almost two decades.
Jimi Hendrix – Monterey Stratocaster
Some of the guitars on this list are famous for decades of stage presence. Not this one! Jimi Hendrix’s hand-painted Monterey Stratocaster is better known for its brief lifespan than anything else, going out in a blaze of glory. He brought out the now legendary guitar to close out his set at the Monterey Pop Festival 1967 with “Wild Thing”, setting the guitar ablaze right there on the stage. Only a fragment of the guitar exists today!
Jimmy Page – Gibson EDS-1275
The use of an acoustic Harmony guitar, a Fender Telecaster, and a Fender electric 12-string made Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven almost impossible to recreate live. So Jimmy Page ordered a custom-made double neck guitar, switching between the 6-string and 12-string necks throughout the song. Live performances of Stairway to Heaven were incredible, and became a staple finale of their shows.
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