Jeff Beck could certainly make a Fender Stratocaster bark. One player could make the “e” string “walk the dog” in the classic yoyo move.  A guitar played by a PLAYER can play a lick that can lick your face and leave you wanting more. With that rationalization for posting a guitar article in place of or in addition to today’s dog blog, all I can say is “‘WOOF!  WOOF!”  I offer 7 electric guitars WITH pictures in exchange for today’s Dog of the Day. Please do not abandon all hope. The day is young, and a dog may still be forthcoming. In the meantime, please enjoy these icons of electric guitars, desired by most players and by many really wanna be players, I give you, thanks to Leo and Les, THE Electric Guitar.

Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster: The Gurus of Electric Guitars

Determining the “seven most famous and respected electric guitars” can be somewhat subjective, as it depends on factors like historical significance, popularity among players, and influence on music. However, there are certain models that are widely recognized for their impact and iconic status in the world of electric guitars:

  1. Fender Stratocaster: Known for its versatile sound, the Stratocaster has been a favorite among many genres, from rock and blues to jazz. Its distinct shape and sound make it one of the most recognizable guitars in the world.
  2. Gibson Les Paul: Renowned for its rich, warm tones, the Les Paul has been a staple in rock music. Its solid body and humbucker pickups contribute to its distinctive sound. There is a reason that the LP through a Marshall Stack garnered the respect it still maintains. The ultimate in saxophone crunch sound, there is nothing quite like it. Playing through tubes into 8 x 12″ speakers is a good thing.
  3. Fender Telecaster: As one of the first mass-produced electric guitars, the Telecaster is famous for its bright, cutting tone. It’s been used in a variety of music genres, including country, blues, and rock.
  4. Gibson SG: Known for its lighter body and double cutaways, the SG offers easy access to higher frets. It’s been popular in hard rock and heavy metal music.
  5. Ibanez JEM: Designed by guitarist Steve Vai, the JEM is known for its high performance and unique features like the “monkey grip” handle. It’s a favorite among shredders and metal guitarists.
  6. Gibson ES-335: As a semi-hollow body guitar, the ES-335 is known for its versatile tone, capable of producing both warm, rich sounds and bright, clear tones. It’s been used in jazz, blues, and rock.
  7. PRS Custom 24: Known for its high-quality craftsmanship and versatility, the PRS Custom 24 has become a modern classic. It’s favored by musicians for its wide range of tones and comfortable playability.

These guitars have been played by some of the most influential guitarists in history and have played a significant role in the development of music over the past several decades. Leo Fender and Les Paul should be considered two of the most influential people of the the 20th Century. The two are the ones who brought the ROCK to the ROLL. Before them, it was a stone with a  toast.

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