Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

7 thoughts on “Top 21 Iconic Guitars of All Time

  • May 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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    Pretty good list, but no Slowhand, BB King, Chuck Berry stand out for me….

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  • May 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm
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    Jonny greenwoods tele… With the dj-style kill switch?

    Noel's Union Jack 335 I suppose…

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  • May 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm
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    I disagree with half of those. An iconic guitar would be one that nearly everyone can associate with its owner. Sorry, but even though Jimmy Page is an icon, a 'burst Les Paul isn't instantly associated with him because dozens of famous people play them. Jimmy's double neck Gibson would have been a better choice here.

    Matt Bellamy? Love him, but not iconic in any way, shape, or form.

    Where is:

    Dimebag's Dean ML
    ClApton's Blackie
    Kirk Hammett's Ouija ESP
    Jimi Hendrix' smashed red Strat
    Stevie RAy Vaughan's #1
    BB King's Lucille
    Albert King's Flying V

    And so on…

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  • May 18, 2013 at 11:47 pm
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    The Edge's Explorer? That one stands out the most for me.

    I know they have Page's Les Paul but what about the double-neck?

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  • May 19, 2013 at 12:12 am
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    John Lennon's Epiphone Casino, Pete Townshend's numbered Gibson Les Pauls, Slash's Gibson Les Paul, Chuck Berry's Gibson ES-335, Lemmy's "Rickenbastard" bass, the list goes on…

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  • May 19, 2013 at 1:40 am
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    The guitar being played by Kurt Cobain in that picture is a Fender Mustang. Not the jag stang… It is often mistaken as the Jag Stang due to its modifications. Kurt took a jag stang along for the In Utero tour but didnt really like playing it. His main three guitars for the tour were Fender Mustangs. Two being sonic blue (white) like the one in the picture, were set up by Ernie Bailey with a Siemour Duncan sh-4 jb humbucker in the bridge position. The picture itself is from 12/13/93 Seattle, WA (part of the In Utero tour.) The show was filmed and aired by MTV as part of their New Years special "live and loud". He played a blue Jag Stang a little more during the European leg of the tour in February 1994.

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