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10.) Suhr Classic - The Suhr guitar company is located in the city of Lake Elsinore, CA, about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. John started his building career some 35 years ago in New Jersey. Being a former Fender Custom and Pensa builder, he is now working on his own making custom guitars. Suhr guitars have an impressive list of endorsements from top name artists.

9.) Gibson Flying V - The Gibson Flying V is an electric guitar model first released by Gibson in 1958. Orville Gibson began making mandolins in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA. In 1902, the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd. was founded. The first prototypes for the Flying V were made in 1957 and full scale production was started in 1958, though The Flying V didn't do very well initially and production was stopped in 1959. In the mid '60s Artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Lonnie Mack, Albert King and Dave Davies, looking for unique guitars helped to renew interest in the design. A fully functional, replica of a Gibson Flying V, over 43 feet (13 m), was built in June 2000 by Scott Rippetoe and his team from The Academy of Science and Technology in Texas. This world record is registered in Guinness World Records.  

8.) Rickenbacker 381 V69 - Derived from a design dating back to 1957, this guitar is memorable for its hand-carved arch top and back. Rickenbacker International Corporation, also known as Rickenbacker , is an electric guitar manufacturer, notable for putting the world's first electric guitars into general production in 1932. Rickenbacker's headquarters are in Santa Ana, California. Rickenbacker is the largest guitar company to manufacture all of its guitars within the United States

7.) Gibson SG - The Gibson SG is a popular model of solid-bodied electric guitar that was introduced in the early 1960s. Since its initial introduction in 1961, there have been numerous models and variants that carry the "SG" name. Gibson has offered many variations and finishes on the basic SG body style and continues to manufacture special editions. The SG has a shallower body than the Gibson Les Paul, making it much lighter, and the neck profile is a little more shallower, although this varies from year to year and guitar to guitar. The body is usually made entirely of mahogany with the exception of the Swamp Ash SG Special and some walnut bodied 1970s models, and does not have the curved, maple top section of the earlier design. Perhaps the most striking visual difference is that the SG is a double-cutaway guitar.

6.) Gretsch White Falcon - The Gretsch White Falcon is a visually distinctive guitar commercially introduced in 1955 by Gretsch. Gretsch is a U.S. musical instrument manufacturer currently being distributed by guitar company Fender and drum craft company Kaman. The Gretsch White Falcon is a visually distinctive guitar and while it has seen vast and substantial changes to its body shape and features through the years the White Falcon has always maintained a striking and unmistakable presence and has become a highly recognized piece of Rock history. The White Falcon is best known for its large 17-inch size and distinctive appearance, with gleaming white paint, copious gold trim, and a falcon in mid-flight engraved on the gold pick guard.

5.) Danelectro DC3 -DC-3 guitars were manufactured by Danelectro. A small number of DC-3's were manufactured in the late 1990s. The DC-3's design is based on classical Danelectro models, such as the DC-59. The DC-3 has three pickups, whereas the DC-59, only two. The "DC" stands for 'double cutaway. Danelectro was founded by Nathan Daniel in 1947; throughout the late forties, the company produced amplifiers for Sears, Roebuck and Company and Montgomery Ward. In 1954, Danelectro started producing the Danelectro lines of solidbody electric guitars and amplifiers,

4.) Gibson ES-335 - The Gibson ES-335 was the world's first commercial semi-hollow body electric guitar, released by Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1958. The "ES" in the ES series stand for "electric spanish." In the 1920s the Gibson Company developed many innovations in guitar design, and became the leading manufacturer of arch-top guitars, particularly the Gibson L5 model. In 1936 they introduced an "Electric Spanish" model, the ES-150, recognized as the first commercially successful electric guitar

3.) Fender Telecaster - The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is typically a dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. The Telecaster initially found a home amongst the early country and western artists, because of it's bright tone. This tone was created by a heavily wound bridge pickup design, and the general overall durability of the instrument has kept it in production since 1950 when it was issued under the Broadcaster name. The initial production model appeared in 1950, and was called the Esquire. Fewer than fifty guitars were originally produced under that name, and most were replaced under warranty because of early manufacturing problems. In particular, the Esquire necks had no truss rod and many were replaced due to bent necks. Later in 1950, this single-pickup model was discontinued, and a two-pickup model was renamed the Broadcaster. From this point onwards all Fender necks incorporated truss rods.

2.) Gibson Les Paul - The Gibson Les Paul is a solid body electric guitar originally developed in the early 1950s. The Les Paul was originally designed by Ted McCarty and endorsed, named and used by then popular jazz/pop guitarist Les Paul. The Les Paul model was reputedly the result of a design collaboration between Gibson Guitar Corporation and pop star, electronics inventor, and accomplished jazz guitarist Les Paul. In 1950, with the introduction of the Fender Telecaster to the musical market, electric guitars became a public craze. In reaction, Gibson Guitar president Ted McCarty brought guitarist Les Paul into the company as a consultant. Les Paul was a respected innovator who had been experimenting with guitar design for years to benefit his own music.
   The significance of Les Paul's contributions to his Gibson guitar design remain controversial. The book "50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul" limits Paul's contributions to two: advice on the trapeze tailpiece, and a preference for color. Additionally, Gibson's president Ted McCarty states that the Gibson Guitar Corporation merely approached Les Paul for the right to imprint the musician's name on the head stock to increase model sales, and that in 1951, Gibson showed Paul a nearly finished instrument. Regardless of who did what in designing the Les Paul, it is the number 2 pick for the top ten guitars, second only to the Fender Stratocaster in popularity.

1.) Fender Stratocaster - The Fender Stratocaster, often referred to as the Strat, is a model of electric guitar designed by Leo Fender, George Fullerton and Freddie Tavares in 1954, and manufactured continuously to the present. The Stratocaster at the number one slot for the top 10 guitars, is still the best selling guitar worldwide. The Stratocaster has been widely copied; as a result, the term "Strat," although a trademark of Fender Musical Instrument Corporation, is often used generically when referring to any guitar that has the same general features as the original, regardless of manufacturer. The Stratocaster's contoured body shape, ("Comfort Contour Body" as Fender refers to it), was a drastic design change from the flat, slab-like design of the Telecaster. The body features unique curves on the upper back and at the front bottom. The Stratocaster also features three single coil pickups, with the output originally selected by a 3-way switch. Guitarists soon discovered that by jamming the switch in between the 1st and 2nd position, both the bridge and middle pickups could be selected, and similarly, the middle and neck pickups could be selected between the 2nd and 3rd position. This trick became widespread and Fender responded with the 5-way pickup selector (a standard feature since 1977) which allowed these tonal combinations and provided better switching stability.

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| Top Lyricists | Music Magz | Top Venues

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