If anyone asks a musician their most prized possession, it almost always has to be their lovely guitar. A guitar isn’t just a musical instrument but something that connects the player to the music it generates. This bond or connection is what causes some musicians to name their guitars.
Naming one’s guitars has been a time-old practice as legendary singers started the tradition of naming their guitars. Here’s a guide to some famous guitars named after guitarists:
Eric Clapton’s “Blackie”
Bought in Nashville in the sixties, Blackie was the last guitar made by the famous guitarist. He bought stacks of Fender Strats, out of which he manufactured the guitar and brought it to life. The black guitar experienced some wear and tore around the area of its neck.
Eric Clapton decided to auction it off for a-then record $959,500 in 2004.
Billy Joe’ Armstrong’s “Blue”
Blue was Billy’s first guitar that he received from his mother on his eleventh birthday. The guitar has accompanied Billy Joe Armstrong throughout much of his career. He made some slight modifications to it, such as putting the pickup at an angle instead of straight.
The Green Day singer uses the guitar to this day when performing some of the band’s older songs live.
George Harrison’s “Lucy”
Gibson Les Paul, also known as Lucy, was George Harrison’s famous guitar, gifted to him by Eric Clapton. Most Gibson Les Paul’s had a golden finish, whereas this was one to have a striking red finish. The guitar accompanied the Beatles throughout most of his career and was one of his most exclusively used guitars. The guitar was later stolen from his room and found by an ardent fan from Mexico.
Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstat”
Displayed at the Hard Rock Café in San Antonia, the guitar was explicitly made by Van Halen. He took apart a few guitars, designed them with some tape, and painted a series of colors. The red, black, and white zigzag design gives it the characteristic of a “Frankenstein” persona.
Jimi Hendrix’s “Fender Stat”
During the famous Les Paul guitars, Jimi Hendrix decided to rock his famous Stratocaster and decide it was. The renowned Fender Stat accompanied the singer on many of his favorite performances at Woodstock.
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