The 10 Most Iconic Guitars in Rock'N'Roll History

Zakk Wylde's Les Paul Joanna Corwin
Zakk Wylde's Les Paul Joanna Corwin
Joanna Corwin

The guitar has always been at the center of rock 'n' roll, ever since its roots in blues music. Musically, visually, physically, it's the single backbone of modern music's most famous genre, although some are more recognizable than others.

Among the millions of guitars that've seen the lights of a rock show in the last several decades, here are 10 that stand out from the crowd.

10. Bullseye Les Paul - Zakk Wylde Make no mistake about it, there are dozens of more notable guitarists who have played a Gibson Les Paul, but most of them look pretty similar. Some gold tops, about a million variations of sunburst, and plenty of solid black or white Les Pauls belong to guitar legends, but it's only the Black Label Society frontman and guitarist extraordinaire who has a truly recognizable, Gibson-certified paint job. The hypnotizing black and white circles are as much a part of Wylde's legacy in both Black Label Society and his time as Ozzy's hired ax.

9. Airline Res-O-Glas - Jack White

What would've once been considered a relatively worthless find at a used guitar shop has become a discontinued holy grail of a guitar for White Stripes fans. The previously uncelebrated guitar (whose only other mentionable player is blues guitarist J.B. Hutto) perfectly matched White's color scheme for his most famous band, and created quite the demand as the duo grew in popularity. Although Eastwood has now re-created the guitar, it's not made of the same 1960s-era "plastic" as the sub-$100 originals, which now go for up to $3,000 on eBay.


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