The Most Popular Electric Guitar Models
There are hundreds of electric guitar models out there, but only a fraction of those can be called great. Many of these models are popularized by the world’s foremost musicians, and many guitar players have since worked hard to acquire these very same guitars that their idols play or have played.
From beginners to seasoned pros, musicians of any age strive to have the best instrument they can get. Here are some of the most popular axes that’s on many musicians’ electric guitar wishlist.
Introduced in 1954, the Fender Stratocaster is probably the most recognizable and widely played axe on the planet, along with the Gibson Les Paul Standard. When you’re rockin’ and rollin’ it’s imperative you have a Fender Strat.
Notable Strat players include Jimi Hendrix (who set fire to one), David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Jeff Beck, Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton and George Harrison - among many, many others.
Gibson Les Paul Standard
The Gibson Les Paul Standard shares bragging rights with the Fender Strat as the most easily recognized and most oft-played electric guitar in the world. The first Les Paul guitars had their origins in the early ‘50s, with the Standard making its way into music stores starting in 1958. We believe the Standard will always be a standard in music stores everywhere, and in guitar players’ lists of must-have guitar models.
Some of the most famous Les Paul Standard players include Paul McCartney, Joe Perry, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Bob Marley and Slash.
There’s the Strat, and there’s the Tele. The Fender Telecaster, introduced in 1950, is definitely one of the most reliable solid-body electric guitars you can ever have. It’s got that trademark rock-and-roll sound that’s still very much loved to this day. Musicians who have played a Tele include Bruce Springsteen, Chrissie Hynde, Brian May, PJ Harvey, Syd Barrett, Muddy Waters and Jeff Buckley.
Gibson SG Standard
The Gibson SG Standard, which was launched in 1961, was initially intended to be a redesign of the Les Paul Standard. However, since Les Paul had nothing to do with the redesign, Gibson honored Les Paul’s request and renamed the guitar. Even so, musicians - including Frank Zappa, Angus Young, Tony Iommi and Thom Yorke - love the SG Standard so much it always comes flying off the racks, and it remains to be the company’s bestseller.
Rickenbacker 300 Series
When Rickenbacker introduced its 300 Series in 1958, it probably had no idea that what it intended to be student models would turn out to be the guitars of choice of a new band that called themselves The Beatles. John Lennon had two Rickenbacker 325 guitars, and Rickenbacker gifted George Harrison with an electric 12-string guitar, the 360/12.
Other Rick rockers include Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) with his 370 12-string model, Paul Weller (The Jam) with his Rickenbacker 330, The Edge (U2) with a 330 12-stringer and Noel Gallagher (Oasis) also with his 330.