We here at Goliath have noticed that people spend an awful lot of time talking about guitarists, especially those of the rock and roll variety (we know…we’ve spent a ton of time talking about them as well). With so much of the discussion centered around the greatest axmen in music, we were left to wonder…what is an axe man without an axe? That got us thinking, and with that in mind we decided to take a closer look at 11 of the most iconic guitars in rock and roll and the guitarists who played them. Of course this isn’t an exhaustive list, as there’s plenty of wicked talented musicians who gravitate towards a specific instrument, but we think this is a fair sample to get you started.
11. “Bullseye” Gibson Les Paul (Zakk Wylde)
The story of Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde and his beloved “Bullseye” Gibson Les Paul is a charming one; after losing his beloved guitar (it fell off the back of a truck while being moved between gigs), Wylde searched for it for years before ultimately being reunited with it some years later. Nicknamed “The Grail,” the cream colored Les Paul features a spiral design originally meant to invoke Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo; however, Wylde loved the imperfections of the original design so much he’s never altered it, and has, in fact, had several custom guitars designed with the same paint scheme. While Wylde remains one of the more underappreciated musicians of his era (he’s one hell of a guitarist who has done some terrific work in the hard rock/metal genre that generally goes unspoken of), his iconic guitar design ensures that he’ll be remembered for quite some time (this custom design is a staple in guitar shops throughout North America; we’re willing to bet he sells a ton of Epiphones/Gibsons).