When it comes to electric guitars, if the average Joe isn’t thinking about the Fender Stratocaster, he's probably thinking about the Gibson Les Paul. Named after its creator (don’t pronounce “Les” like it’s a French word), the Les Paul is the go-to guitar for those who truly have rock 'n’ roll in their hearts.
Where did you hear it? Classic: Guns n’ Roses – "Sweet Child o’ Mine" Modern: Knife to the Eye – "Patience Is The Key"
Short for “Solid Guitar,” the SG is the guitar that started heavy metal. You can tell because the two horns on each end of the guitar make it look like a demon. Many a guitar player has been seduced by the SG to join the dark side of sex, drugs and rock 'n’ roll.
Where did you hear it? Classic: Black Sabbath – "Black Sabbath" Modern: Fugazi – "Facet Squared"
Just like most fans of rock 'n’ roll, this guitar is a bit of an oddity as a significant part of it is hollow like an acoustic guitar. The ES actually stands for “Electric Spanish” so one must wonder what type of music this guitar was created for. Still, that didn’t stop guitar players like Chuck Berry from picking it up and creating the riffs that were the basis for rock 'n’ roll.
Where did you hear it? Classic: Chuck Berry – "Maybelline" Modern: Queens of the Stone Age – "Burn The Witch"