Did you know that one of the best known violin makers, Antonio Stradivarius, also made guitars? They were, however, five stringed rather than six stringed like today. Four of these guitars are still around. Some of the best known guitar makes of today are the companies Gretsch, Fender and Jackson.
The electric fender stratocaster guitars have a well established place in music history. This electric guitar model was originally designed in 1954 by Leo Fender and several others. Interestingly enough, Fender was not a guitar player himself. Instead, he preferred to play the saxophone. The stratocaster, with its distinctive deeply contoured body, is one of the most popularly copied guitar shapes.
John Mayer and Jimi Hendrix have both played stratocasters. Electric fender telecaster guitars are similar but used more for country, rock, blues and jazz music, and the design put solid body guitars on the map. The electric fender mustang guitars are a fender guitar with a sort of cult status after multiple famous alternative bands, such as Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.
The Gretsch company was founded back in 1883 by a German immigrant named Friedrich Gretsch. One of the pricier but highly rated Gretsch models is Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars. Setzer is a popular guitarist who has played n multiple bands, including the Brian Setzer Orchestra and the Stray Cats. Brian Setzer Gretsch Guitars are distinctive in their appearance, with a 16 inch full hollow body, rock maple neck, a bound rosewood fretboard, and TV Jones Classic pickups.
Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars match Setzers stage guitar and they are a higher end luxury choice for guitar players, retailing for around 31 hundred dollars. Chet Atkins Gretsch guitars, which imitate the guitar of famous country singer Chet Atkins, are a little more affordable than the Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars, retailing at around 26 hundred dollars.
Jackson guitars are known worldwide as being great metal guitars, and are highly original while also being high performance. Randy Rhoads Jackson guitars are a popualr choice here, originally commissioned, predictably, by Randy Rhoads. It is a flying V guitar, with the horn of the instrument elongated to resemble a shark fin.