As Made Famous By

1934 National Style O Resonator,
Nickel on Brass,
as made famous by Mark Knopfler

OK, his is a 1937, with flat headstock and 14-fret neck. Three years earlier, and these came with open headstock and 12-fret neck. But for that look, that sound, and the experience of playing an absolute icon, this one's hard to beat. A nickel on brass classic!

1962 Fender Duo-Sonic,
Olympic White,
as made famous by Jimi Hendrix

Not only a fabled Pre-CBS Fender, but the first Fender that a stage-named Jimmy James, aka Jimi Hendrix, is pictured with. A shorter scale guitar marketed for the "student", not a bad place to start if you're on the way to rock legend status.

1964 Harmony Rocket H59, Cherry Sunburst, faded to Honey, as made famous by Billie Joe Armstrong

Hardly in the minority, there were more Harmonys produced in the 60s than Gibsons and Fenders. Now a favourite of indie explorers seeking retro mojo - and Billie Joe Armstrong's choice for Green Day crowd-pleaser Minority: "Without a doubt, singled out, the only way I know."

1966 Vox V251 Guitar Organ,
White,
as made famous by John Lennon

A rare piece of space-age technical genius, the Vox V251 Guitar Organ, a prototype handed to John Lennon, and famous more for its 2014 $305K auction price than him ever playing it. Makes the $87.5K that David Gilmour's sold for in 2019 seem like a snip at the price...

1970 Gibson ES-355TD-SV,
Cherry,
as made famous by Bernard Butler

Loves this guitar so much, he even named his studio after it. And he's not the only one - Chuck Berry, B B King, Johnny Marr, Noel Gallagher, to name only a few, put this right up there among their own gods.

1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior 3/4,
Two-Tone Sunburst, as made famous
by Billie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe's 1956 Les Paul Junior is the normal scale version, this one the student model.  But in every other respect, the perfect match for the guitar behind so many of Green Day's classics - and that P-90 just screams!

1963 Gibson J-160E,
Sunburst, as made famous by
John Lennon & George Harrison

Gibson's J-160E, famous in the hands of both John Lennon and George Harrison - and the ambidextrous Paul McCartney. The acoustic behind so many of those early Beatles hits. An absolute original, and a beauty to behold and play.

1964 Hofner President Bass,
Brunette Sunburst,
as made famous by Stuart Sutcliffe

If, that is, Stuart Sutcliffe had lived to see the meteoric rise of The Beatles. A beautifully aged semi-acoustic bass, with all original features bar a nut replacement & pick-up rewire to restore full range of tone.

1969 Gibson Barney Kessel Regular,
Cherry Sunburst,
as made famous by Barney Kessel

Glorious 60s signature for one of the guitar greats, behind a staggering catalogue of personal, session and credited recordings with so many of the jazz and mainstream giants. And nowadays, a vintage favourite of guitarists as varied as Tony Iommi, Nile Rodgers, Josh Homme and Pat Smear. Nice!

1972 Fender Precision Bass,
Classic Sunburst,
as made famous by everyone!

The first ever electric bass, and still #1 today. If we were trying to be specific, we'd say "as made famous by Roger Waters". But what's the point? This one is really "as made famous by pretty much any bassist". Solid-gold classic!

1962 Epiphone Coronet,
Cherry,
as made famous by Johnny Marr

One of the holy trinity of Gibson-made solid-body Epiphones - beautiful symmetry from open-book headstock to fully rounded body, one P-90, and lashings of mojo.  No surprises to find one of these among Johnny Marr's favourite guitars.  It really is something.

1964 Gibson ES-345 TDC,
Cherry,
as made famous by Freddie King

1964 Gibson ES-345 TDC, gloriously aged cherry finish, made famous in the hands of blues legend Freddie King and many others . . . not to mention a eureka moment for Chuck Berry in the 1985 film Back To The Future ;-). "I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it."

1966 Fender Mustang,
Red,
as made famous by Kurt Cobain

OK, Kurt's is a lefty, with an untypical combination of white pick-ups and switches on a tortoiseshell scratchplate, but this 66 Mustang kicks as hard as any of Kurt's. Brilliant player. All you need to do is come as you are.

1969 Gibson EB-3 Bass,
Translucent Cherry,
as made famous by Jack Bruce

Famous in the hands of Jack Bruce during the height (and Goodbye) of the Cream years, and favoured by any of the big name bass players of the sixties, a hugely versatile and iconic classic. Bask in the Sunshine Of Your Love.

1972-75 Epiphone EA-250, Cherry,
as made famous by
Robert Smith and Noel Gallagher

From the original run of Epiphone Supernovas, this guitar screams "Britpop". Noel Gallagher's original is now a museum piece, so it's models like these that keep the glory days alive.