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Who Are the Great Lead Guitar Players of Our Time?

You can Google world's best guitar players, and you will get a sizable list. You can restrict it to the top 10 guitar players, or the top 10 lead guitar players, and the list is still pretty big. The same guitar players generally appear on the lists of great guitar players. I went through the lists and picked out my top 10 list for the purpose of this article.

If I failed to mention your favorite guitarist, just leave me a comment and I will try to include that lead guitar player if possible in future revisions. This article will attempt to show a correlation between the best guitarists and their choices of lead guitars. These guitars are almost as famous as the people who play them.

Star Guitar Players and Their Guitars

Lead Guitar Player:

Band of Guitarist

Favorite Guitars

1. Eric Clapton

Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derik and the Dominoes, Soloist

Fender Stratocasters

2. Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Fender Stratocasters

3. Tony Iommi

Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull

Gibson SG

4. Jeff Beck

Faces, Yardbirds, Soloist

Fender Stratocasters

5. Billy Gibbons

ZZ Top

Gibson Les Paul, Fender Telecaster

6. B.B. King

Soloist

Lucille - Gibson ES-255, Fender Telecaster

7. Pete Townshend

The Who

Has played just about every kind of guitar made, lately uses Stratocasters and Gibsons

8. Carlos Santana

Santana

Paul Reed Smith Guitars

9. George Harrison

Beatles

Wide variety, seemed to prefer Gretsch, Gibsons, Stratocasters

10. Jimmy Page

Led Zeppelin and the Yardbirds

Gibson Les Paul, double neck Gibson SG

The Most Expensive Guitar Ever Sold

Fender Guitar - Wikimedia Commons

1968 Fender Stratocaster similar to the one played by Jimi Hendrix that sold for $2.0 Million Dollars

Reach Out to Asia Stratocaster sold for over Two Million Dollars!

In 2005, this guitar was sold in an auction in Qatar to raise funds for Reach Out to Asia, a charity formed to help tsunami victims. The instrument is signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus and Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard and Bryan Adams" (this information is from The Telegraph.co.uk)

How To Choose a Lead Guitar For Yourself

Does the guitar player make the guitar sound better, or does the guitar make the player sound better? Perhaps it is a bit of both.

Great guitar players practice for years to find their perfect instrument. They try many brands, many styles and many configurations before getting a feel for their own perfect guitar. Eventually, a musician will come across a guitar that fits his hands, his weight preference, his configuration ideal, and his preferred string sizes and tuning.

The most widely sold and played guitars are:

  • Gibson
  • Fender
  • Ibanez
  • Paul Reed Smith
  • Epiphone
  • Jackson
  • ESP
  • Yamaha
  • Taylor
  • B.C. Rich

A new guitarist will try as many brands and models as possible before settling on his or her guitar of preference.

Fender American Special Telecaster

Guitar Features to Look For

Visit a lot of music stores, check out pawn shops, go to the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores. Check out Craigslist. Use your favorite guitar tune to play a lot of different guitars and you will learn which one has the best features for you.

  • Body Style - Guitars come in a lot of different body styles, check out solid, hollow, or semi-hollow styles to see which one you prefer.
  • Pickups - The second most important feature of a guitar. Sound quality is determined by 'single coil', 'double coil' (humbucker), and a pick up called a 'P90' style.
  • Wood types - This is the major difference between an expensive guitar and a cheap guitar. The better the wood, the greater the cost.
  • Bridges - These are sorted into vibrato and non-vibrato. Vibrato bridges have tremelo bars and you may need to check tuning more frequently. Accessories are made for tremelo and whammy bars that may make tuning more stable.
  • Neck - Look for straightness and good quality/good condition frets

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