List of Gibson players

List of Gibson players

This is an alphabetized list of musicians who have made ' use of Gibson Guitar models"' in live performances or studio recordings. Because of the great popularity of these models, musicians are listed here only if their use of these instruments was especially significant — that is, if:
*they are musicians with long careers who have a history of faithful Gibson use.
*the particular instrument they used was unique or of historical importance.
*their use of the Gibson model contributed significantly to the popularization of that particular instrument.


*Johnny A uses a Johnny A Signature model designed specifically for him by Gibson to the guitarist's personal specifications. [ [ Gibson Introduces the Johnny A Signature model] ]
*Jan Akkerman has used a Gibson L5, Les Paul Custom and a modified Les Paul Personal. [ "Jan on Guitars"] The Custom is the guitar he most identified with.
*Duane Allman (The Allman Brothers Band) used a 1957 Les Paul Goldtop with PAF pickups, a 1959 cherry sunburst Les Paul, a 1958 tobacco sunburst Les Paul and a 1968 cherry SG. A Les Paul was also his primary guitar when using a slide. [cite web | url= | date=2006 | accessdate=2006-11-20 | first=Julian | last=Fothergill | title=Duane Allman |]
*Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) uses several vintage 1950s single and double cutaway Les Paul Junior models. Gibson has produced a Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior model. [ [ Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Model homepage] ]
*Chet Atkins switched from Gretsch to Gibson in the mid 1980s and brought with him the popular Country Gentleman and Tennessean model designs. Atkins also helped to design several innovative acoustic/electric models including the SST, the CE, and the CEC. Since his death, Gibson has discontinued all Chet Atkins models and Gretsch has resumed the manufacturing and distribution of the Chet Atkins line.Fact|date=December 2007


*Carl Barât (The Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things) has consistently used an original 1959 Gibson Melody Maker, which his father gave him. He has also used other Gibson guitars, including SGs, Les Pauls, and other Melody Makers. [ [ The Sound Of The Libertines « Guitar Player Gear Guide ] ]
*Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) has used numerous Gibson models over the course of his career including: a sunburst ES-330, a 1958 Les Paul Special and a 1959 Les Paul Standard. [ [ Equipment history from] ]
*Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds/solo) purchased his first Les Paul, a 1959 model, for £150 while still a member of The Yardbirds. Beck's fascination with the guitar sprang as much from his interest in Les Paul, the man, as from his love of the guitar itself. Beck told an interviewer: "It had a deep powerful sound and you could use it to imitate just about anything - violin, sax, cello, even a sitar."cite book |last=Bacon |first=Tony |title=50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul |publisher=Backbeat Books |date=2002 |id=ISBN 0-87930-711-0 |pages=pg. 52] Beck also used an "oxblood" coloured 1954 Les Paul Standard, with PAF pickups, from 1972-1976 and is pictured with the guitar on the cover artwork of his "Blow by Blow" album.
*Chuck Berry used an ES-350T early in his career, later switching to ES-345s and ES-355s.cite book |last=Chapman |first=Richard |title=Guitar: Music, History, Players |publisher=DK publishing |date=2003 |id=ISBN 0-7894-9700-X |pages=pg. 177-178]
*Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers Band) uses a variety of Gibson models including a 1961 SG and a 1957 Les Paul.
*Marc Bolan (T.Rex) used Les Paul Standards, Customs and Flying Vs and a Japanese Hummingbird copy. His main Les Paul model was refinished in an opaque orange to resemble the Gretsch guitars played by his hero Eddie Cochran.Bacon 2002. pg. 71.]
*Mick Box (Uriah Heep) uses a Les Paul Custom. Also used a 1958 double-cutaway Les Paul Junior, a Flying V and a 1968 SG with a Maestro tailpiece.
*Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown used various Gibsons including ES-335s and L5s. His main guitar was a late-60s non-reverse Firebird.
*Jack Bruce (Cream/solo) used several EB-3 basses during the late 1960s and early 1970s; during the 2005 Cream reunion concerts he used a 1950s EB bass.
*Buckethead (real name: Brian Carroll) uses a Les Paul custom made by Gibson, baritone neck, bigger than normal chambered body, all white hardware, killswitch, DiMarzio Tone Zone in the neck and DiMarzio Air Norton in the bridge position.
*Sam Bush a highly respected mandolin player, Bush has been a mainstay on the Bluegrass circuit for over 35 years. Gibson produces a Sam Bush Signature model mandolin.


*Larry Carlton favours a sunburst 1968 ES-335, also occasionally using a 1956 Les Paul Special and a 1963 L5. [cite web | url= | date=2006 | accessdate=2006-12-02 | title=Larry Carlton equipment details from] A Larry Carlton Signature model has been produced by Gibson for the man they call "Mr ES-335". [cite web | url= | date=2006 | accessdate=2006-11-21 | title=Larry Carlton Signature Model | work=Gibson Guitar Corporation]
*Charlie Christian used an ES-150. The model was Gibson's first archtop electric guitar and was, as described by author Tony Bacon, "used with devastating effect by Christian throughout his short career." The "blade" style pickup installed on early ES-150 models has since become known as the "Charlie Christian pickup" in honor of the legendary jazzman.Bacon 2000. pg. 15.]
*John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service) used two heavily customized SGs with bat-shaped plastic embellishments cut from pickguard material, extensive bindings, older Les Paul pickups (with the neck pickup mounted in reverse), and mercury dimes glued to the tops of the volume and tone controls. He also added Bigsby B5 vibrato assemblies to both guitars.
*Eric Clapton has used a variety of Gibsons throughout his career. The second electric guitar Clapton owned was a red 1964 ES-335 that he used with The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith and as a solo artist.cite book |last=Bacon |first=Tony |title=Electric Guitars:The Illustrated Encyclopedia |publisher=Thunder Bay Press |date=2000 |id=ISBN 978-1-59223-053-2 |pages=pg. 139] In 2004 Clapton donated the guitar to an auction to benefit the Crossroads Centre, where it sold for $750,000 – a world-record auction price for a Gibson.cite web |url= |title=2004 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Auction |accessdate=2008-02-16 |first=Hugh |last=Ochoa |publisher=Modern Guitars Magazine |date=November 7 2004 |] In 1966 Clapton bought a 1960 sunburst Les Paul that he used while a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Cream.Bacon 2000. pg. 123.] This was the first of several 1958-60 Les Pauls that Clapton has used, contributing significantly to these models' popularity.cite web |last=Hunter |first=Dave |title=Get That Tone: Bluesbreakers Era Eric Clapton |publisher=Gibson Musical Instruments |date=February 14 2008 |url= |accessdate=2008-02-18] In 1967 Clapton acquired a 1964 SG painted by the Dutch artists collectively known as The Fool; he used this guitar on the Cream albums "Disraeli Gears" and "Wheels of Fire".Bacon 2000. pg. 134-135.] Other models Clapton has used extensively include a Firebird I and a 1958 Explorer that he used on his "461 Ocean Boulevard" Bacon 2000. pg. 129.] and "EC Was Here" albums.
*Dennis Coffey (veteran Motown session guitarist) owns several vintage Gibson models, including an ES-335, an ES-345 and a Byrdland. Coffey, who appeared on virtually every Motown recording in the 1960s and 1970s, also played a Firebird that he purchased used in 1964. [cite web | url= | date=2007 | accessdate=2007-05-02 | title=Dennis Coffey's Gibson collection]
*Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd) used a Firebird, and later switched to an Explorer. Starting in late 1977, he also occasionally used a double-cutaway Les Paul Junior.
*Stompin' Tom Connors used an SJ-200 (purchased from a furniture store for $80) from 1956 to 1972; he owns it to this day. [cite book | first = Stompin' Tom | last = Connors | title = Stompin' Tom - Before the Fame | location = Toronto | publisher = Viking Penguin | year = 1995 | pages = 356-379 | id = ISBN 0-670-86487-0 ]
*Sheryl Crow uses a Country Western model, Hummingbird, L-00 Blues King, J-200 Western Classic, 96 Advanced Jumbo, 96 Southern Jumbo, J45, ES-120, ES-125, ES-335 and various Les Pauls. Her original Country&Western model from the Sixties was exactly measured and reproduced as the "Sheryl Crow Signature" in a limited edition with autographed label on the inside. [ [ Acoustic Guitars/Gibson Acoustic Guitars/Signature Artist Series/Sheryl Crow Signature] ]


*Dave Davies (The Kinks) has used numerous Gibson models over the years, including a 1958 Flying V (prototype model), a 1960 Goldtop Les Paul and a 1978 Artisan. [ [ Davies' guitar history from his official website] ]
*Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult) uses a 1974 Les Paul Deluxe and a 1969 SG.
*Al Di Meola Joined Chick Corea's Return to Forever in 1974 (at age 19), and became an influential jazz-rock fusion guitarist thereafter. He used a Les Paul model almost exclusively for his electric guitar work, particularly on his early solo albums. [Reviews and Recommendations - Al DiMeola, at]
*Bob Dylan uses a variety of Gibson models, including a J-50, a J-200, a J-180 and a J-45.
*Tom Delonge (Blink-182)& (Angels And Airwaves) uses a Gibson Delonge Signature ES-333 presently with Angels & Airwaves. DeLonge also has a signature Gibson ES-335 guitar used in blink-182.


*Duane Eddy - "The King of Twang Guitar" - has used many different Gibson models throughout his career. Gibson produces a Duane Eddy Signature model. [ [ Details on Duane Eddy's Signature Gibson model] ]
*Elliot Easton (The Cars) used several Gibson SG models and a Les Paul Custom in the "Since You're Gone" video. Gibson currently produces an Elliot Easton signature model SG as part of their "Inspired By" series manufactured by the Gibson Custom Shop
*The Edge (U2) uses several Gibson models including a 1976 Gibson Explorer Limited Edition,cite book |last=Kitts |first=Jeff |coauthors=Tolinski, Brad |title=The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time! |publisher=Hal Leonard |date=2002 |id=ISBN 0-634-04619-5 |pages=pg. 94] a Les Paul Custom, a 1983 30th Anniversary Goldtop, an ES-335, an SG and a J-200.
*John Entwistle (The Who) used several Thunderbird IV basses during the early 1970s and later used custom-made "Fenderbird" models with Fender Precision Bass necks. Entwistle also used an EB-2 bass during the early days of The Who.
*The Everly Brothers favoured J-200s in the 1950s; in the 1960s they used the Everly Brothers model, featuring a J-185-style body and an adjustable bridge, which Gibson produced from 1962 to 1972.


*Tal Farlow usually played an ES-350. Gibson made a "Tal Farlow" model in their Artist Model series beginning in 1962.
*Don Felder (Eagles) uses a Les Paul and an EDS-1275.
*John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival and a solo artist) uses a variety of Les Paul models.
*Peter Frampton (Humble Pie and a solo artist) uses a 3 pickup Les Paul Custom. Gibson has produced 2 completely different Signature models for him.
*Ace Frehley (Kiss) used a 3 pickup Les Paul Custom as well as an Ace Frehley Signature model [ [ Frehley's signature Les Paul at] ] and an EDS-1275.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 6.] He also used a Les Paul Standard.


*Noel Gallagher (Oasis) often uses a Les Paul or an ES 345, 355 and a Trini Lopez
*Simon Gallup (The Cure) currently uses Gibson Thunderbird IV basses exclusively live.
*Hank Garland (Nashville guitarist who worked with Elvis Presley among others) used a Byrdland guitar.
*Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) often used a red SG during studio recordings.
*Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) has used several different Gibson models over the course of his career including Goldtop Les Pauls, Flying Vs, Explorers, ES-5 Switchmasters and Les Paul Juniors. His main guitar is a 1959 Les Paul Standard nicknamed "Pearly Gates". "Pearly has such an unmistakable character that we felt it was necessary to find another instrument with a similar sound to use as a spare guitar. We accumulated dozens of guitars, but nothing quite matched her. But instead of tossing these other acquisitions away, they kept accumulating. It's an ongoing saga that never ends." [ [ Gibbons describes his history of collecting guitars] ] [ [ Billy Gibbons article from Guitar Player Magazine] ]
*David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) is known as a Fender Stratocaster player, but used a 1956 Les Paul Goldtop with a Bigsby tailpiece on his solo albums and some later Pink Floyd work, including The Wall tour of 1980-81.
*Freddie Green (rhythm guitarist with the Count Basie Orchestra) - known as "Mr. Clock", Green played a blonde L5.
*Grant Green Influential jazz guitarist who recorded more dates with the Blue Note record label in the early to mid-1960s than any other musician, both as a leader and as a sideman. He used a Gibson ES-330 during this period. [ [ Get That Tone: Green Street-era Grant Green] ]
*Peter Green is most notable for his 1959 Les Paul that had the pick-ups accidentally wired out of phase. The guitar used to be owned by Gary Moore, but it was sold to a private owner in 2006.
*Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) uses many different Gibson models including: Les Pauls, Flying Vs, Explorers, SGs, ES-335s, Firebirds, and a 1970s Trini Lopez Standard. He also has his own Gibson model, the DG-335, modeled after the Trini Lopez Standard.
*Arlo Guthrie uses a 3/4 sized LG-2. Gibson currently produces an Arlo Guthrie Signature model.
*Woody Guthrie used a Southern Jumbo. Gibson has replicated his 1945 model including his famous "this machine kills fascists" sign.


*Steve Hackett (Genesis, GTR) uses numerous Les Paul models. His main guitar for many years was a 1957 Goldtop. He had other Les Paul models fitted with a Fernandes Sustainer.
*Kirk Hammett (Metallica) used a black Flying V and a variety of Les Paul models.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 7.]
*Emmylou Harris uses a Dove, various J-200s and a J-200 Western Classic.
*George Harrison used a Les Paul, an SG, a J-160E and a J-200.cite web |url= |title=Fab Guitars of the Beatles | accessdate=2008-02-15 | first=John | last=Crowley | | ]
*Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule) uses a Les Paul Custom, Les Paul Standard, an ES-335 and a non-reverse Firebird. Gibson produces an "inspired by" version of Haynes' main Les Paul.
*Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) has used an ES-335 for his entire career.
*Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) is generally regarded as an iconic Stratocaster player, but Hendrix used several Gibson models including an SG Custom, Flying V, Les Paul Special and a Les Paul Custom. Gibson also gave him two guitars in 1970, a custom Flying V and an ES-345 (both left-handed models). Gibson has released an "inspired by" Flying V replicating his 1967 Flying V including the psychedelic floral design which Hendrix himself had hand painted on the original.cite web |title=Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V |publisher=Gibson Musical Instruments |url= |accessdate=2008-02-18 | ]
*James Hetfield (Metallica) used a white Explorer and also a Les Paul Custom.
*Steve Howe (Yes, Asia, GTR) favours an ES-175, and has also used an EDS-1275.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 76.] In 2002 Gibson introduced the Steve Howe Signature ES-175.cite web |url= |title=Steve Howe Signature ES-175 |accessdate=2008-02-15 | | ]


*Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) has used an SG throughout most of his career, and also owns other Gibson models. Currently his collection includes a rare "Barney Kessel" left-handed model, [ [ technical details for Iommi's Barney Kessel model] ] a red 1965 SG Special nicknamed "monkey" (used on all of Black Sabbath's early albums and pictured on the inside cover of "Black Sabbath Vol. 4"), [ [ technical details for Iommi's "monkey" SG] ] a red Custom Shop SG, [ [ technical details for Iommi's red Custom Shop SG] ] a black Custom Shop SG [ [ technical details for Iommi's black Custom Shop SG] ] and a black SG Standard. [ [ technical details for Iommi's black SG standard.] ] Gibson has produced a Tony Iommi Signature SG. [ [ technical details for Iommi's signature model SG] ]


*Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) uses over 20 different Explorers including 7 Korina models and several Explorer 90s. A prototype signature model was produced for him by Gibson which was 90% the size of a regular Explorer. Jabs also owns several Les Pauls as well as a Moderne.Fact|date=November 2007
*Eric Johnson used an ES-335 for the recorded version of "Cliffs of Dover". Also uses the ES-335 during live performances.
*Robert Johnson used an L-1 acoustic.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 58.] Gibson makes a Robert Johnson Signature model.
*Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones) used an ES-330, reverse and non-reverse Firebirdscite book |last=Wyman |first=Bill |title=Rolling With the Stones |publisher=DK Publishing |date=2002 |id=ISBN 0-7894-9998-3 |pages=pg. 162, pg. 202, pg. 257] and a Les Paul Goldtop.cite video |people=The Rolling Stones |title=Rock and Roll Circus |medium=DVD released 2004 |publisher=ABKCO Films |year2=1968 ]
*Mick Jones (The Clash/Big Audio Dynamite/ Carbon/Silicon) used a Les Paul Junior, Les Paul Standard, several Les Paul Customs, and a Melody maker during his tenure with The Clash. He currently uses Les Paul Junior Double Cut.
*Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) uses Les Paul Customs, Firebirds, Flying Vs, and a Gibson Les Paul Double Cut in his early days. Gibson produces an "Inspired by" series of Jones' Les Paul model.


*Arthur "Killer" Kane (The New York Dolls} used a Thunderbird bass during the New York Dolls reunion concert at the 2004 Meltdown festival.
*KT Tunstall uses a Gibson Dove Classic, a Gibson Hummingbird and a customer Gibson Elvis Dove.
*Jorma Kaukonen played an ES-345 or 355 for most of his career with Jefferson Airplane. He has also endorsed the Epiphone equivalents.
*Barney Kessel used an ES-350 and ES-350T. Gibson produced a "Barney Kessel" model in their Artist Model series in 1960.
*Albert King was a left-handed "upside-down/backwards" guitarist: he usually played a Flying V flipped over upside-down so the low E string was on the bottom.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 34.]
*B. B. King has used many different Gibson models, including an ES-5 and an ES-175 early in his career; later he began using thinline semi-acoustic models such as an ES-330, ES-335 and ES-345. King's Signature ES-355, nicknamed Lucille, has been his main guitar for many years.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 35.]
*Freddie King* used a Goldtop Les Paul with P-90 pickups. Also used an ES-355 in some live performances.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 36.]
*Paul Kossoff (Free) "was a passionate Les Paul player able to say in a few notes what many would dozens attempting."Bacon 2002. pg. 67.] Kossoff used several late-50s Les Paul models as well as an ES-335 for occasional studio use.
*Lenny Kravitz Used a Flying V in his music video "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
*Robby Krieger (The Doors) uses an SG, an ES-335 and a Melody Maker. He also used a Black Gibson Les Paul for slide guitar in studio while with The Doors.


*Albert Lee owns a black 1958 Les Paul Custom given to him by Eric Clapton, a black 1958 J-200 given to him by Don Everlycite web |title=Interview: Guitar legend, Albert Lee |last=Petie |first=David |date=1995 |url=| accessdate=2008-03-14 |] and an Everly Brothers model. Lee played the J-200 during the Concert For George. The guitars are usually kept under lock and key.
*Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) used a customized ES-335 nicknamed "Big Red". The Gibson Custom shop now produces a reissue of Lee's guitar.
*John Lennon used a J-160E while with The Beatles. As a solo artist, Lennon used a Les Paul Special and a modified Les Paul Junior. [ [,6300,FEATURE-1.asp What They Play - by Jeffery Pepper Rodgers] ] [ [ detail on Lennon's Les Paul Special] ] Gibson makes a limited-edition replica of his J-160Ecite web |title=John Lennon J-160E Peace |url=|publisher=Gibson Musical Instruments |accessdate=2008-02-26 |] and an "inspired by" John Lennon Les Paul replicating the modified Junior.cite web |last =Bosso |first=Joe |title=A Look at Gibson's John Lennon Les Paul Junior |publisher=Gibson Musical Instruments |date=2007-08-17 |url=|accessdate=2008-02-18 | ]
*Alex Lifeson (Rush) has used many different Gibson models over the course of his career including: a sunburst ES-335, a black ES-345, a white ES-355, a white EDS-1275, a cherry SG, a sunburst Howard Roberts Fusion, a variety of Les Paul models and a J-150 acoustic. Gibson now has issued an "Inspired By series" of Lifeson's original white 355 [ [ Rush Gear and Gizmos: Alex Lifeson] ] [ [ Lifeson Rush(es) Gibson USA] ]


*Lonnie Mack used a 1958 Flying V. In the mid-1990s Gibson issued a limited-edition "Lonnie Mack" model of the guitar.
*Frank Marino used a 1961 Les Paul throughout his entire career. [ [ The Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush Interview] ]
*Bob Marley (Bob Marley and The Wailers) used a Les Paul Custom. The guitar is buried with him in his mausoleum.
*Jeff Martin (The Tea Party/solo) uses a 1964 J-50, a Les Paul Classic 1960 reissue, an EDS-1275 and an Explorer.
*Pat Martino uses a Pat Martino Signature model. [ [ Pat Martino's website] ] . He formerly used an L5S.
*Tak Matsumoto (B'z/solo) uses his own Les Paul signature model issued in 1999, which made him the first Asian artist to be bestowed with the honor. A number of other Gibson models comprise his collection, [] including a number of custom-issued Gibson DC's designed solely for him.
*Paul McCartney owns a rare left-handed 1957 Les Paul GoldtopBacon 2000. pg. 118.] Like many players, McCartney has replaced the fragile original tuning machines with a more modern sturdy set.Bacon 2002. pg. 27.] McCartney uses a left-handed 1960 Les Paul Standard (1 of 3 known examples) as his main stage guitar.Bacon 2000. pg. 127.] Bacon 2002. pg. 46-47.] McCartney also uses a C-5 in the studio.
*John McLaughlin has used many different Gibson models over the years, including Les Pauls, an EDS-1275, ES-335s, Byrdlands, a sunburst dual-pickup Johnny Smith model, an ES-345 and Hummingbird acoustics.
*Ralph McTell uses a J-45.
*Pat Metheny uses a humbucker-equipped ES-175, both live and on many of his mainstream jazz recordings. Metheny has also used a Les Paul on occasion, notably on "Zero Tolerance for Silence".
*Bill Monroe used a Gibson F5 Mandolin.
*Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy/Skid Row/solo) uses a Les Paul Standard. Previously had a Les Paul signature model. Regularly uses a 1959 Les Paul Standard once owned by Peter Green.Bacon 2000. pg. 124.] Also used a white Explorer in the 2003 DVD release "Gary Moore: Live at Monsters of Rock".
*Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley's original lead guitarist) initially played an ES-295, before switching to an L5 CES and subsequently a Super 400 CES.cite web |last =Kjeseth |first=Jan-Erik |title=The Gibson Guitars of Scotty Moore |url= |accessdate=2008-02-19 |] In 1999 Gibson reissued the ES-295 as the Scotty Moore Signature model.cite web |url= |title=Elvis Guitarist Scotty Moore Is Golden |accessdate=2008-02-16 |publisher=Gibson Musical Instruments | ]
*Wes Montgomery used an ES-175 early in his career as well as an L5 CES.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 72.] Gibson currently produces a Wes Montgomery Signature model L5 CES.


*Jimmy Nolen (The J.B.'s) used various Gibson models.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 113.]
*Ted Nugent is most closely associated with early 1960s Byrdland models in black, sunburst and natural. More recently, he has occasionally used a '59 sunburst Les Paul and an American-flag-motif Les Paul. Gibson has developed a Ted Nugent Signature Byrdland model.


*Mike Oldfield used an L6S around 1978, various Les Paul models and an SG Junior, which featured on many of his albums in the seventies and eighties. [cite web | url = | title = Tubular Net | accessdate = 2007-03-19 | date= 1978 | work = Guitar Player - Mike Oldfield: A Rare Interview With The English Guitarist, Studio Wizard, and Composer of "Tubular Bells"| quote = Well, I've got a Gibson L-6 electric and my old Telecaster. [...] I also play my Les Paul Jr. It's old - from the mid-50's - and it's my main instrument.]
*Roy Orbison used an ES-335 and a Les Paul with a Bigsby tailpiece.


*Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin/solo) uses a 1958 Les Paul Standard ("Number 1"), a 1959 Les Paul Standard ("Number 2", a gift from Joe Walsh),Bacon 2000. pg. 121.] a 1973 Les Paul Standard, an EDS-1275, a 1977 RD Artist, an ES5 Switchmaster, a Goldtop Premium Les Paul and a 1991 Custom Shop Les Paul (built to be an exact replica of "Number 1" and re-nicknamed "Number 3"). Page also owned a modified 1960 Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty" with a Bigsby tailpiece and a 3-pickup configuration. [cite web | url=| accessdate=2006-11-25 | title=Page's Black Beauty | work=Jimmy Page pictured with his "Black Beauty" Les Paul] This guitar was stolen in 1970 and never recovered. [cite web | url=| accessdate=2006-11-25 | title=Stolen guitar ad | work=Picture showing ad in Rolling Stone magazine reporting Page's stolen guitar] For acoustics Page used a Hummingbird, a J-200 and an A-2 mandolin. Gibson has released a Jimmy Page Signature model Les Paul replicating the features of "Number 2". [cite web | url= | accessdate=2006-11-25 | title=Page's early Gibson use | work=Details of Page's early guitar use] [cite web | url= | accessdate=2006-11-25 | title=Page's 1970s gear | work=Details of Page's guitars during his Led Zeppelin years] [cite web | url= | accessdate=2006-11-25 | title=Page:1980 - Present | work=Details of Page's guitars from 1980 to present] Page used an EDS-1275 during his live performances of Stairway to Heaven and The Song Remains the Same.
*Joe Pass used a sunburst ES-175; [ [] . Retrieved July 16, 2008.] Epiphone currently produces a Joe Pass signature Emperor model. [ [] . Retrieved July 16, 2008.]
*Les Paul helped design the guitar named after him, and uses a custom model.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 59.]
*Joe Perry (Aerosmith) has used many Gibson models over the years, including ES-335s, Les Pauls, Flying Vs, and Firebirds; has signature Gibson [ [ Perry's signature Les Paul at] ] and Epiphone Les Paul models nicknamed "Boneyard". [ [ 'Boneyard' at] ]
*Carl Perkins - "the King of Rockabilly" - used, at various points in his career, a Les Paul Goldtop, an L5 and an SG.
*Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash) used a Flying V throughout his career. Powell also occasionally used an SG while touring.
*John Prine uses a J-200.



*Mick Ralphs (Bad Company/Mott the Hoople) used a Les Paul Junior, a Firebird and a Les Paul during his Mott the Hoople tenure; and a Les Paul Standard and a Flying V during his years with Bad Company. Ralphs currently uses Les Paul Custom Shop '58 & '59 Re-issue models.Fact|date=July 2008
*Jimmy Raney used an ES-150 with "Charlie Christian" bar pickup for most of his career.Fact|date=July 2008
*Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne) used an off white Les Paul Custom.Fact|date=July 2008
*Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) has used a variety of Gibsons throughout his career; he's favoured Les Pauls and ES models, but has also occasionally been seen with assorted other models, including Firebirds, a Flying V, an SG, an L6S and a Melody Maker. In 1964 Richards got a 1959 sunburst Les Paul with a Bigsby tailpiece;cite journal |last=Burrluck |first=Dave |year=2007 |month=September |title='The Keithburst Les Paul' |journal=Guitarist Magazine |volume= |issue= |pages=55–58 |id= |accessdate=2008-01-26 |quote= ] the guitar was the first "star-owned" Les Paul in Britain and served as one of Richards' main instruments through 1966.Bacon 2002. pg. 38, pg. 50.] He later sold the guitar to future Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Taylor.cite web |url= |title=Keith Richards 59 Sunburst LP|accessdate=2008-02-14 |publisher=We Sell Guitars Limited| ] In the mid-60s Richards acquired a 1953 Les Paul Goldtopcite book |last=Charone |first=Barbara |title=Keith Richards: Life as a Rolling Stone |publisher=Doubleday & Company Inc. |date=1982 |id=ISBN 0-385-17592-2 |pages=pg. 34] and the first of a series of 1957 Les Paul Customs.cite episode |title=The Ed Sullivan Show |airdate=1966-09-11 |season=20 |number=884 |] One of the latter, hand-painted with psychedelic patterns, would be one of his main stage and studio guitars from 1968 through the end of the Rolling Stones' 1970 European tour.Bacon 2002. pg. 18-19.] Throughout the 1970s he continued to use various Gibson models on stage and in music videos. Among these were a second 1959 sunburst Les Paul, a 1954 Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty"citation |title=Gibson Les Paul Series catalogue |publisher=Norlin Music Inc. |date =1975 |page=1 |url=] and a cherry red 1958 Les Paul Junior,cite video |people=Ron Wood & Band |title=The First Barbarians Live From Kilburn |medium=DVD released 2007 |publisher =Wooden Records |year2=1974 ] which he replaced in 1979 with a 1959 TV-yellow Les Paul Junior that he has used regularly on stage ever since. Since 1997 an ebony ES-355 has been among his favourite stage guitars, along with a white ES-345 that he unveiled in 2006.cite video |people=The Rolling Stones |title=Bridges to Babylon |medium=DVD released 1999 |publisher=Warner Home Video |year2=1997 ] cite video |people=The Rolling Stones |title=The Biggest Bang |medium=DVD released 2007 |publisher=Universal Music Operations |year2=2005-06 ] In rehearsal and studio photos and footage he's frequently seen with an ES-350 and ES-175D.cite web |last=Roy |first=James V |title=Deuce and a Quarter |url= |accessdate=2008-02-19 |] cite video |people=The Rolling Stones |title=Four Flicks, disk 1 |medium=DVD |publisher =Warner Music Vision |year2=2002-03 |quote=Keys to Your Love ] cite video | people=The Rolling Stones |title =Exclusive Fan Club DVD |medium= DVD released 2005 |publisher=Musidor BV |year2=2002-03 |quote=The Tuning Room] Hummingbirds have been among his preferred acoustic models since 1965.
*Lee Ritenour - noted for playing an L-5, a red ES-335, and his own signature Lee Ritenour Model archtop.
*Howard Roberts - used several Gibson models over the course of his career including: an ES-175, an L-10 [ [ details of Howard Roberts personal guitar equipment] ] and a heavily modified ES-150 simply known as "The Black Guitar". [ [ detailed specifications and notes on Howard Roberts' "Black Guitar"] ] Gibson produces a Howard Roberts Fusion III signature model, which is a variation of an ES-165.
*Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy/Motörhead) has used a Les Paul throughout his career.
*Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes) uses several different Gibson models, including a 1968 Les Paul Goldtop, a 1964 ES-335, a Customshop Flametop Les Paul, vintage SGs and double-cut Les Paul Specials, and a Dove. [ [ Rich Robinson Equipment list] ]
*Mick Ronson (David Bowie) used a Les Paul Custom with the finish stripped for his guitar work on Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, among others.
*Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd) uses Les Pauls and SGs. Previously had a signature model Les Paul and SG released by Gibson.

*Carlos Santana used an SG onstage at Woodstock and appeared in advertisements for the L-6S in the 1970s.cite book |last=Bacon |first=Tony |title=The Ultimate Guitar Book |publisher= Dorling Kindersley Limited |date =1991 |id=ISBN ISBN 0-86318-640-8 |pages=pg. 89] Santana has also used a sunburst Les Paul Custom.
*Michael Schenker (Scorpions/UFO/Michael Schenker Group) used four different 1970s Flying V models. Number 1 was a modified 1975 model; Numbers 2 and 3 were 1979 block-inlay Flying Vs; and Number 4 was a mid-70s white Flying V, formerly owned by Leon Lawson. Numbers 1, 2 and 3 had Schenker's trademark "half black/half white" paint scheme.Fact|date=February 2007
*Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions) uses various Flying V models dating from 1958-2001. He uses three 1958 original Flying Vs, three 1967-1969 Flying Vs, two 1971 Medallions (one was repainted black & white), a 1975 natural-finish Flying V, three 1983 replicas of the 1958 originals, four 1980 models and two 1984 Rudolf Schenker Signature models. Schenker has over 70 vintage and collectible Flying Vs along with several Custom Shop limited editions including a doubleneck Flying V. [ [ Rudolf Schenker's Flying V Collection] ]
*Tom Scholz (Boston) uses a 1968 Les Paul Goldtop with a DiMarzio SuperDistorion pickup in the bridge.
*Neal Schon (Journey) uses a heavily modified Les Paul, including a Floyd Rose locking tremolo, custom electronics and sustainer unit. Gibson produces a signature model of Schon's guitar.
*Gene Simmons (Kiss) used a G3 and a Ripper bass (as seen on the cover of "Kiss Alive!"). In "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park", the robot Gene played a black Thunderbird bass.
*Earl Scruggs (one of the original Bill Monroe Blue Grass Boys) is noted for inventing a unique banjo style (now referred to as Scruggs style) that has become one of the defining characteristics of bluegrass music. An inductee into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Bluegrass Hall of Honor, Gibson produces a signature model banjo, simply titled "The Earl", to honor Scruggs' monumental career achievements. [ [ The Gibson Earl] ]
*Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) has used a number of Thunderbird basses throughout his career. Between 2000 and 2003 Gibson manufactured a Sixx signature bass, the 'Blackbird'. [ [ 'Blackbird' details from] ]
*Slash (Guns N' Roses/Slash's Snakepit/Velvet Revolver/Slash's Blues Ball) uses many different Les Paul models including his own custom shop Les Paul model. He has also used an EDS-1275. In addition to his custom shop Les Paul, Gibson has manufactured two other Slash Les Pauls.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 10.]
*Johnny Smith was a Gibson endorsee from 1961 to 1989, during which time Gibson sold the Johnny Smith model.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 73.] Smith switched to Heritage in 1989. Gibson continues to produce the design as the LeGrande.
*Bill Spooner (The Tubes) used a Flying V, an Explorer, a Les Paul, an SG and a 1957 Melody Maker.
*Paul Stanley (Kiss) used a Flying V, an Explorer, a Firebird, an SG, and an L6S.
*Hubert Sumlin used a 1956 Les Paul Goldtop for many years. He currently uses various Les Pauls and ES-335s.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 37.]
*John Sykes (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake/Blue Murder) uses a 1978 Les Paul Custom. Gibson has released a Custom Shop version of this guitar.


*Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones/solo) has used Les Pauls throughout his career, along with SGs, ES models and Firebirds. Taylor got his first Les Paul from Selmer's in London in 1965, when he was playing with The Gods.Fact|date=March 2007 In 1967 he bought Keith Richards' 1959 sunburst Les Paul, which he used on stage until 1971, first with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and then (from July 1969) with The Rolling Stones. Taylor used other sunburst Les Pauls on the Rolling Stones' 1972-73 tours, and still frequently uses Les Pauls on stage.
*Rosetta Tharpe used 1961 double-cutaway Les Paul Custom.
*George Thorogood uses an ES-125.
*Johnny Thunders used Les Paul Juniors.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 104-105.]
*Pete Townshend (The Who/solo) used an SG Special from 1967-1972 and various customized Les Paul models from 1973-1979; he has also used an EDS-1275. Gibson produced a Townshend Signature model SG based on the guitar he played on at Woodstock in 1969. It was a limited edition and discontinued in 2003. [ [ Technical details for the Pete Townshend Signature model from] ] In 2006 the Gibson Custom Shop started production of three different Les Paul signature models [ [ Gibson's Signature Solidbody Home Page featuring the 3 Pete Townshend Les Paul Deluxe Models] ] based on the guitars he played in the late 1970s. For acoustic work Townshend has consistently used SJ-200s.
*Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band/The Derek Trucks Band) uses a 1961 SG Reissue.



*Eddie Van Halen has used a Les Paul, an ES-335 and a 1958 Flying V. [cite web |url= |title=Monsters of the Flying V |accessdate=2008-04-14 |]


*Joe Walsh (Eagles) uses a Les Paul Standard and an EDS-1275.
*Muddy Waters used a Les Paul Goldtop in his early career.Kitts & Tolinski 2002. pg. 39-40.]
*Leslie West (Mountain) favoured a Les Paul Junior; demand for this model greatly increased after guitarists saw one in his hands,Bacon 2002. pg. 76.] and Gibson began to reissue the model in the mid 1970s. West also used an SG and a Flying V.
*Snowy White uses a 1957 Les Paul Goldtop acquired in a trade for a Fender Stratocaster while in Sweden in 1968. White has been nicknamed "Gold Top" due to his long time use of the model.cite web |url= |title=Interview: Snowy's Guitar |accessdate=2007-11-15 |publisher=The Snowy White Fan Club ]
*Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (Canned Heat) used a Les Paul.
*Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys) used an ES-335. Custom made in 1962, it has blonde finish and gold hardware with a Bigsby B-7 tremolo. In 1983 the original guitar neck was broken and replaced with a neck from an ES-355.
*Johnny Winter - uses a Firebird, along with Les Pauls, SGs and Flying Vs.
*Ron Wood (The Faces/The Rolling Stones) regularly uses Firebirds, Les Pauls and a J-200 acoustic on stage;cite video |people=The Rolling Stones |title=Four Flicks |medium=DVD |publisher =Warner Music Vision |year2=2003 ] he also owns a custom-built single-pickup L5S,cite web |url= |title=Adventures in Archives: Trail of Stones Leads to Gibson S-1 |accessdate=2008-02-15 |first=Walter |last=Carter |publisher=Gibson Musical Instruments | ] a Super 400 CES and an L5. In the late 1970s Wood endorsed the S-1 guitar. In 1997 Gibson announced three Ron Wood signature models: a J-200, a Firebird and a Dobro.cite web |url= |title=Ron Wood & Friend Check Out Signature Prototypes |accessdate=2008-02-15 |publisher=Gibson Musical Instruments ]
*Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osborne/Black Label Society) uses a signature Les Paul "Bulls Eye" model, a signature Les Paul "Buzzsaw" model and signature "Camo" model with a camouflage finish. He is seen using a black EDS-1275 in the promotional video for In This River. Lately he has been using a custom SG/Flying V "Bulls Eye" model for live Ozzy Osbourne shows. Wylde also has a new Custom Shop Flying V "Bulls Eye" that is currently in production complete with a Floyd Rose tremolo.



*Thom Yorke (Radiohead) occasionally uses a Gibson SG or an ES-150.
*Angus Young (AC/DC) uses an SG. [ [ Angus Young interviewed about his dedicated use of the Gibson SG] ] Gibson has produced an Angus Young Signature SG model. [ [ Technical details for the Angus Young Signature model from] ]
*Neil Young uses several Gibson acoustic and electric models. Young's main guitar, "Old Black", is a 1953 Goldtop Les Paul (painted black) with a Bigsby tailpiece. Young also has two other 1953 Goldtops, one which has modifications similar to "Old Black", the other a stock original. Also uses a J-200 and a Mastertone GB-3 banjo; on the "Time Fades Away" tour he used a 1958 Flying V. []


*Frank Zappa used an SG, a Les Paul Custom and an ES-5 Switchmaster. Zappa usually heavily modified his guitars to include preamps, balanced outputs for studio work, and later, Fernandes sustainers.Chapman 2003. pg. 197.]

ee also

*Gibson Guitar Corporation
*Gibson Guitar Corporation product list


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