It’s no secret that the world’s great guitarists have a strong connection to their guitars. Stevie Ray Vaughan called his favorite guitar his “First Wife”and Jimmy Hendrix “sacrificed” his as a show of love.
Here is a list of the Top 5 celebrity guitars
1. B.B. King – “Lucille”
B.B. King’s beloved Lucille was a Gibson semi-hollow body ES-355. This Celebrity Guitar was named after a woman who sparked a club fire that nearly claimed the musician’s life.
King had safely escaped the incident but his guitar was forgotten inside. When he realised that it was not with him, King rushed back into the collapsing establishment to save it.
From then on all of King’s Gibsons bore the moniker “Lucille.”
But despite this, guitar brand Gibson files for bankruptcy.
2. Eddie Van Halen – “Frankenstrat”
‘80s guitar hero, Eddie Van Halen started playing on an unmodified Ibanez Destroyer. He then went on to use his signature Frankenstrat.
The guitar was a custom-built, red-white-and-black design that combined a Fender Stratocaster body with Gibson pickups and a Floyd Rose tremolo.
The picky Van Halen tweaked and upgraded the guitar numerous times over the years. The sound remained the same and fans can see a copy of the Frankenstrat at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
3. Jimi Hendrix – “Fender Stratocaster”
Hendrix used a right-handed Fender Stratocaster. It was strung upside down for a left-handed musician. Hendrix is known as a guitar-God because he was able to play a Fender Strat backward, over his head and with his teeth.
Once Hendrix set his guitar on fire after playing the best show of his life at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He later explained it was an act of love.
“You sacrifice the things you love,” he said. “I love my guitar.”
4. Prince – “Cloud”
The brilliantly famous Prince first used a Hohner MadCat Telecaster. He later went on to play a little flashier and sexier guitar while prepping for his debut film, “Purple Rain.”He turned to Minneapolis luthier, Dave Rusan.
Rusan took Prince’s design and built him a customized guitar from scratch. Prince later switched to the Symbol guitar in the early 1990’s but the Cloud guitar remained the signature instrument that was associated with him.
A yellow version of his Celebrity Guitar “Cloud” is on display at the Smithsonian.
5. Eric Clapton – “Blackie”
Clapton switched over to Fender Stratocasters in 1970. Before that, he played Gibson guitars throughout the 1960s’.
Clapton stuck with the Fender Stratocaster model since making the switch. His first Strat was called “Brownie.” However, for live performances, Clapton used another guitar called “Blackie.” Both guitars were named after their color.
These Celebrity Guitars became famous due to there musicians and will live forever in there songs and fans.
This article is written by Nicole Goldman as a guest post, she works with Amomama as a Journalist.
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