The sound of the electric guitar is the sound of rock 'n' roll, plain and simple. American blues musicians were the first to crank their amps into overdrive to be heard above the din of juke joints and find the rich, saturated tones pleasing to the ear. In the mid-60s British fans started spray-painting “Clapton Is God” around London in honor of Eric Clapton’s groundbreaking lead guitar work with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. The age of The Guitar Hero had arrived. And no guitar god worth his weight in groupies goes without a signature six-string by his side. Peruse these legends of rock guitar and see if you can guess who they are just from pictures of their iconic axes.
Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page started using his iconic Gibson EDS-1275, which features both 12-string and 6-string neck, to play the classic rock staple “Stairway To Heaven” live in concert.
This legendary heavy metal southpaw almost cut off two of his fingers on his right hand and plays with thimbles on his middle and ring finger to this day.
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has long favorite the Gibson SG and has played a variety of custom made models since the 1970s.
This highly modified 1953 Gibson Les Paul belongs to the man whom some have called “The Godfather Of Grunge.”
Singer-songwriter Neil Young is known to strap on “Old Black,” as the guitar is known, whenever he wants to rock in the free world with his long running band Crazy Horse.
“The Human Riff” is known to string this guitar with only 5-strings and use it in Open G Tuning.
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones named his favorite Telecaster Micawber after a Charles Dickens character and has been playing it since the recording of their landmark album, Exile On Main Street.
This California shredder popularized the use of “Tapping” his guitar strings and used an army of customized Strats before coming out with his own signature model.
Eddie Van Halen was the first to use customized “Super Strats,” mostly built by himself, though now plays his own line of EVH Guitars.
Thought by many to be the greatest rock guitarist of all time, this lefty guitarist flipped over right handed Stratocasters for his psychedelic axe mangling.
Jimi Hendrix is perhaps the quintessential Stratocaster player of all time though few of his original guitars are still around thanks to his propensity for setting them on fire.
The Texas king of tone purportedly uses a Mexican Peso coin to get his renowned pinched harmonics.
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top’s signature Gretsch "Billy-Bo" is based on a guitar given to him by famed ‘50s rocker Bo Diddley.
This guitarist played his famous “Black Strat” on one of the best selling rock albums of all-time.
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour acquired this Fender Stratocaster in 1969 and has played for the duration of his career.
[caption id="attachment_250734" align="aligncenter" width="512"] [Photo:Getty Images][/caption]Angus Young of AC/DC outfitted his Gibson signature guitar lightning bolt inlays, reflective of his band’s high voltage rock n’roll.
This storied British musician helped popularize the Gibson Les Paul model but switched to Fender Stratocasters when he went solo.