The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars from

We like Best/Most/Worst/etc lists. They seem to generate great discussion in all kinds of directions.

So here we present you with’s “28 Most Recognizable Guitars”. The Fender Mustang, as made famous by Kurt Cobain, comes in at a very respectable 14 on the list.

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

This list is shown below. You can also check out the Blender article which includes great descriptions and video links for each entry. (Blender article link)

  • 28. Buck Owens: Red, White and Blue acoustic
  • 27. Les Claypool – Primus: The Rainbow Bass
  • 26. Michael Angelo Batio: The Reverse Double-Neck
  • 25. Dave Grohl – Foo Fighters: Dan Armstrong/Ampeg ARMG-2
  • 24. Michael Anthony – Van Halen: Jack Daniel’s Bass
  • 23. Angus Young – AC/DC: Gibson SG
  • 22. Ace Frehley – KISS: Laser Guitar
  • 21. Albert King: Gibson Flying V
  • 20. Zakk Wylde – Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society: The Grail
  • 19. Jerry Only – The Misfits: The Devastator
  • 18. Billie Joe Armstrong – Green Day: Blue
  • 17. Bootsy Collins: Space Bass
  • 16. Dimebag Darrell Abbott – Pantera/Damageplan: The Dean From Hell
  • 15. Rick Nielsen – Cheap Trick: Hamer Five-Neck
  • 14. Kurt Cobain – Nirvana: Fender Mustang
  • 13. ZZ Top: Dean Spinning Fur Guitar/Bass
  • 12. Gene Simmons – KISS: Axe Bass
  • 11. Eric Clapton: Blackie
  • 10. B.B. King: Lucille
  • 9. Jack White – White Stripes: 1964 J.B. Hutto Montgomery Airline
  • 8. Bo Diddley: The Big B
  • 7. Willie Nelson: Trigger
  • 6. Prince: Purple Glyph Symbol Guitar
  • 5. Paul McCartney – Beatles: Hofner Violin Bass
  • 4. Jimmy Page – Led Zeppelin: Gibson SG Double Neck
  • 3. Elvis Presley: Martin D-28 Acoustic
  • 2. Eddie Van Halen – Van Halen: Frankenstrat
  • 1. Jimi Hendrix: Fender Stratocaster

3 thoughts on “The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars from

  1. i really think johnny greenwood’s (radiohead lead guitarist) classic sunburst telecaster needs to be on this list. that guitar is legendary. also… while we’re at it… what about J Mascis’s purple sparkle jazzmaster?

  2. when i first saw johnny greenwood’s sunburst telecaster i had to buy one for myself and personally i don’t think anything is as comfortable, as slick and as nice sounding as the fender telecaster. Today’s left-handed Standard Telecaster guitar features the best of the old and the new: a fast-action maple neck, cast/sealed machine heads, two classic single-coil pickups, and a six-saddle string-through-body bridge. i mean, it can’t get much better…

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