It duckwalked across countless stages in the hands of Chuck Berry, produced some of the most iconic riffs in the Guns N’ Roses catalog and hung dangerously low on Joan Jett’s hips for decades. And while Gibson’s future is up in the air following the company’s filing for bankruptcy protection earlier this week, there is no erasing the the 124-year-old guitar maker’s titanic place in rock history.
From the Les Paul models to the popular SG, Flying V and ES-335s, Gibsons have been used and abused by a hall of fame-worthy list of players, including Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Carlos Santana, Sheryl Crow, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara, Bob Marley, John Lennon, B.B. King, Robert Johnson and James Hetfield.
Here are some of those guitar heroes plugging in to their Gibsons.
Billie Joe Armstrong
Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara)
James Hetfield (Metallica)
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)