Joan Jett’s Gibsons

Joan Jett, groundbreaking punk rocker, set a new standard for women who want to play the guitar. As a member of the all-girl group The Runaways in the 70s she wrote and co-wrote many of the band’s biggest hits including “Cherry Bomb” and “Take It or Leave It.” She also found success as a solo […]

Jimmy Page’s Doubleneck Gibson

Jimmy Page, founder, leader, composer and producer of Led Zeppelin, is one of the most beloved guitarists of all time. Fans of 70s music often talk of him and his influence on the world of popular music during that decade and for years after it. Jimmy was born in London in 1944 to parents who […]

Jimi Hendrix’s Reverse Headstock Stratocaster

Jimi Hendrix died at the young age of 28, and therefore had a relatively brief career as musician. Nonetheless, he was able to leave a huge imprint on the industry and the other rock and rollers of his time. The Fender Stratocaster was his guitar of choice for live performances throughout his years as a […]

History of the Fender Guitar

It can be argued that nothing has influenced the evolution of popular music more than the electric guitar, and the Fender Corporation has been a constant force in the development of that iconic instrument since the very beginning. Fender guitars have been important in the areas of rock, country, swing, metal, blues, jazz, and just […]

George Harrison’s Stratocaster

George Harrison may have been the youngest and shyest member of the Beatles, but he was certainly blessed with an abundance of talent. He started with the group when he was just 17, and was only given rhythm parts to play at first. John Lennon and Paul McCartney thought of him as a “kid” and […]

George Gruhn: The Guru of Guitar Collectors

People who are interested in vintage guitars of any kind will want to know about George Gruhn. As the owner of Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, TN, he has spent more than forty years collecting refurbishing and appraising guitars. In fact, according to Guitar Player Magazine editor, Tom Wheeler, “George Gruhn knows more about vintage guitars […]

Eric Clapton’s Blackie

During a career that has spanned five decades, Eric Clapton has played with nearly every other notable guitarist in the realm of rock and roll. He has also owned more than a thousand different guitars and has used dozens of them to create unique sounds on his many albums. But no guitar has been nearer […]

Buddy Holly’s Stratocaster

During the all-too-brief career of Buddy Holly, he did much to change the world of popular music and create the sound known as rock and roll. One of his most innovative actions came in the form of choosing a Fender Stratocaster as his stage and recording guitar. He was the first rock and roller to […]

Bonnie Raitt’s Signature Stratocaster

Bonnie Raitt is the only female in Fender’s long list of artists who have been honored with a signature Stratocaster created to their personal specifications. This blues-playing California gal is unique in several other respects, as well. Bonnie was born to a musical family. Her father was a noted Broadway performer (John Raitt) with starring […]

Bo Diddley’s Original Guitars

Nicknamed “The Originator,” Bo Diddley was one of the most creative musicians of his time. He was the first person to try a number of innovations in the areas of guitar construction, amps and other effects, and style of play. The list of well-known artists influenced by him is long and varied, as is the […]