Out by the 80s, however, rose back to life when artists like Zakk Wylde and Slash brought back the brand to the main stream. The guitar was responsible for Guns N’ Roses big time hits such as “Rocket Queen,” “Paradise City,” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” While Zakk Wylde’s distinctive paint job hid two blacked out EMG pickups and finished with gold trim. The guitar has been praised by Wylde as the model allows him to play anything from the blues to the chunky metal riffs.
Today, Slash still uses the guitar and even released signature custom models for the brand for almost 25 years.
EET FUK ESP Explorer
James Hetfield’s EET FUK ESP Explorer has been used since the early 80s, which is another reason why it rose to popularity. While Hetfield would sometimes play with the Gibson Explorer, the ESP model has many signature and custom guitars/ the unique shape of the guitar created a fat tone that was perfect for the furious sounds of Metallica. Since his beginning, Hetfield’s been rocking with the Explorer ever since.
Jack White’s Airline was a plastic, cheap guitar that was used to demonstrate that players did not need to buy an expensive guitar to sound great. The stock paint was slightly modified for the band to get the best out of it. The company that developed the guitar has discontinued since then. Currently, fibreglass body guitars are extremely rare and very costly.
Fender Mustang and Jaguar
Kurt Cobain’s Fender Jaguar and Mustang were always successful. What made the brand explode was the grunge scene set in the early 90s has Kurt Cobain was inspired by the raw sound of the guitars and even helped Fender create a new model, which was called the Jag-Stang. The difference between these two models was the two single coil pickups of the Mustang, while the Jaguar would use two humbuckers.
However, both guitars suffered from their fair share of abuse as Cobain was known to smash his guitars regularly on set at the end of his shows.
Jimi Hendrix’ Fender Stratocaster was the ideal definition of the iconic guitar. The Stratocaster guitar was set on fire during one of Hendrix’ gigs at the Monterey Pop Festival. The flower-power graphics on the guitar have also been used and recreated for artists since then.
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