Some guitarists would (and perhaps do) give away their already diminished souls to own or use the signature guitar gear of their guitar hero’s – Whether or not the hero label is fully deserved by all it is bestowed upon, or merely made up from clever and fiendish marketing ploys, it usually serves to make all of the ever impressionable guitarists and GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) sufferers want the gear.
There is also a strong subculture of guitarists who are devoted to ‘making it big’ but’ on their own steam’. This is of course commendable, and more than possible if said guitarists are dedicated and have chops way better than mine! These folk would turn their nose up at any so called signature gear, as it would be seen as copying someone else – That’s unacceptable to these own steamers, or so they think….
So what is really meant these days by the term “Signature”?
Surely the Guitarnivore in you would devour any guitar or amp that you felt would elevate you from the current state of being a guitar zero to the dizzy heights of guitar hero, and what better way could there possibly be than to use a guitar or amp with a guitar god’s name already on it? And there is the issue I have, as I can’t think of many guitars or amps that aren’t actually signature already – I.e. a guitar that is made to the specifications of a guitarist or musician.
Fender Strats, Teles and amps – Leo Fender Signatures
Gibson Les Paul guitars – Les Paul Signatures
Ibanez guitars – Salvador Ibáñez Signatures
PRS guitars – Paul Reed-Smith Signatures
Jackson guitars – Grover Jackson Signatures
Washburn guitars – George Washburn Lyon Signatures
G&L guitars – Leo Fender & George Fullerton Signatures
Marshall amps – Jim Marshall Signatures
Peavey amps – Hartley Peavey Signatures
Bogner amps – Reinhold Bogner Signatures
Randall amps – Don Randall Signatures
Sure there are a few that don’t quite fit this model, but off the top of my head I came up with many more similar to the above rule compared to those that don’t fit the rule. In other words, you’d have to try very hard to actually find a piece of gear that’s not been made to fit the requirements of a musician who ends up with their name on the product.
Those that don’t fit the rule: