Legendary Guitars for Legendary Rock Stars
Throughout the history of rock music, we’ve seen countless legends grace the scene each adding their own brand of beats to the style. People have enjoyed these sounds for over sixty years and no instrument has made it’s mark on the genre more than the guitar. In fact, it would come as no surprise if just by seeing a guitar your mind might immediately jumped to the world of rock and roll. Let’s take a look at some of these fantastic instruments, the one’s that were favoured by those iconic artists and helped shape the music we know today.
Bo Diddley – Gretsch Twang Machine
Bo Diddley is noted as one of the early influencers when it came to the birth of rock and roll, so naturally his guitar would have to be as iconic as his work. Much of his early inspirations in music were rooted in folk and blues music, this then bled through into his own style, not just in music but personally too. He took a Gretsch guitar and customised it, drawing from earlier musicians in those genres who often made guitars themselves out of old cigar boxes. This style lead to the unique square instrument that Diddley named the “Twang Machine” that would end up a true mainstay for the artist.
Chuck Berry – Gibson ES-355
Another major player in the birth of rock and roll, Chuck Berry was a man that played many different guitars throughout his career. None of these were likely better remembered however than his cherry red Gibson ES-355. He played several with several different versions of the model since receiving his first in 1958, these each had different set ups, some with Bigsbys, some with maestro vibratos and some with none at all. Despite experimenting with other brands and models he would always come back to the ES-355 which stayed as his preference for his entire career. Upon his death in the year 2017 Chuck Berry was buried with his famed guitar. A fitting send off for an iconic duo.
Paul McCartney – Höfner Bass
During the sixties The Beatles were an undeniable force in the music industry leading what was known in the USA as “the British invasion” into the world of rock and roll. They are still today regarded as one of the most influential bands in history as people (in particular young girls) fell in love with the four lads from Liverpool all over the globe. As such their instruments became well known too and arguably none was remembered more than the violin shaped bass played by Paul McCartney. Supposedly McCartney loved it for its slick asymmetrical appearance, and who could blame him? It’s one of the most memorable bass guitars in history just because of how different it is from their usual weighty appearance. He still plays the instrument today, if you’re lucky enough to go see him it’s likely he’ll whip it out on stage as a reminder of the good old days.