Jon Whittaker | Mar 12, 2019 | 0
Best Signature Models: Play Like Your Guitar Hero
Eye catching, mouth-watering and yours for the taking…
Following on from our popular article “Signature Guitars: Which Camp Are You In?” we decided to make life easier for those scouring the Dawsons Music site for signature models. Our Top Choices cover signature models across acoustic, electric and bass guitars.
1. Ed Sheeran
When it comes to Ed Sheeran, there are fewer artists around today that divide opinion so strongly. Whatever your opinion is the man knows how to write a tune and he knows his gear. Honing his live skills to the point of perfection, his one-man band style sells out arenas around the world. Though he recently announced a collaboration with Lowden Guitars, his Martin Ed Sheeran Divide Electro Acoustic Guitar (also available in a Left-Handed Model) continues to prove a hit with fans of Sheeran and those who want a dependable gig-ready model with a compact footprint.
2. Peter Frampton
When Epiphone announced their collaboration with Peter Frampton to recreate his beloved “1964 Texan” and “1954 Les Paul”, we were inundated with requests relating to launch dates and arrival times. Thankfully, you don’t have to endure that waiting game any longer!
Epiphone Limited Edition Peter Frampton 1964 Texan
Frampton’s Texan was his primary song writing tool and helped him to craft such hits as “Baby I Love Your Way”. Adhering closely to the original design, this rendition has taken over responsibilities as his touring model. Combining premium appointments with the consistent build quality that we’ve come to expect from Epiphone, it’s easy to understand why he favours it so.
Epiphone Limited Edition Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom Pro
Thought to be lost forever following a plane crash, Frampton’s 1954 Les Paul was his go-to both on the stage and in the studio for many years. Reunited after many years, Epiphone leapt at the chance to capture its essence in the Les Paul Custom Pro, and what a beauty she is! From the elaborate electronics’ setup to the solid playing feel and expressive tones, this model exudes luxury with effortless grace. Limited to only 900 instruments however, they won’t be around for long.
3. Mark Tremonti
When it comes to signature models, PRS and Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Creed, Tremonti) boast a fruitful collaborative history. Consistently voted amongst the top 10 metal guitarists ever, Tremonti is a man who knows what he wants from an instrument. Likewise, PRS are a company who know a thing or two about creating superb guitars, and their SE line punch well above their price point in terms of quality.
Our trio of Tremonti models feature the same signature single-cutaway body profile, PRS patented tremolo with trem-up rout for sublime vibrato control and adopt Tremonti’s preferred wide thin neck profile. With regard to differences there are unique pickup setups across each one, as well as more elaborate touches that include custom finishes with flame maple veneer and a breath-taking quilted maple in grey black.
- Tremonti Standard Signature Electric Guitar
- Tremonti Custom Signature Electric Guitar
- Limited Edition Tremonti Custom Stealth Quilt Satin Electric Guitar
4. Steve Vai
When it comes to Artist & Manufacturer collaborations it is hard to think of one that has been as important to both parties as that between Steve Vai and Ibanez Guitars. Vai’s enigmatic JEM has been a feature in the guitar world for over 30 years, spawning many iterations in elaborate colours and playing host to countless guitarists from beginner to professional. The Ibanez Steve Vai Jem Junior Special is an affordable model that is home to the features we’ve come to expect from a JEM such as the Monkey Grip handle, Lion’s Claw tremolo cut out for imperious vibrato control, belly carve combined with deep double cutaways, and heavenly tones produced by the trio of Infinity pickups. If you’re looking to get your shred on with shelling out thousands of pounds, then you know what to do.
Ask someone to name an iconic rock guitarist and we’d be surprised if this man didn’t get a mention. With a style as well known as the licks he’s written, Slash isn’t just a rock icon but is a household name – even our Grans know who he is. So, it’s fair to say that when he drops a signature model, it doesn’t hang about for long.
However, Epiphone once again come up trumps with their affordable guitar pack options for beginners:
- Epiphone Slash AFD Les Paul Special II Outfit
- Epiphone Slash AFD Les Paul Special II Performance Pack
Slash and Les Pauls go hand in hand, and the Les Paul Special II offers a sweet model that even the most discerning of players will fall for. Add to that the option to go for a pack with or without a practise amp and a slew of accessories and you’ve got a fantastic present for a loved one (or yourself).
Epiphone Limited Edition Slash Firebird
The Epiphone Limited Edition Slash Firebird takes on the same timeless offset waist design that the Firebird is known for, but features some unique appointments specifically requested by Slash himself. The neck is carved to a custom rounded profile to suit the playing feel favoured by the G’N’R legend, whilst a pair of Slash’s signature Seymour Duncan humbuckers reside in the neck and bridge positions. From the moment you pick it up you know you’ve got an uncompromising axe in your hands.
6. Jason Hook
Here’s one for the metallers, the Epiphone Limited Edition Jason Hook M-4 Sherman Explorer Outfit is tonally punishing and visually striking. Packing in a hefty amount of firepower via a pair of Seymour Duncan ’59 and JB humbucking pickups, Hook’s signature model is a palm-muting metalhead’s dream come true. Whether you’re chopping through downtuned riffs or cruising through solos like a beast, it is a pure joy machine.
7. Jimmy Page
More to come…
Watch this space for new arrivals as our list grows!