There are many classic and well known guitars out there, but perhaps the most recognizable is the classic Gibson guitar. This is a guitar make that has reached a cult status among guitar players and it is one that will earn you instant respect if you should pull it out in the right company.
If you were to list all of the rock stars and musicians ever to have used Gibson guitars then you would have a very long list. However there are some players who have a particular connection to the guitars and who are known for playing Gibson guitars. For instance Johnny A used a 'signature model' made specifically for him by Gibson in order that it should fit his particular specifications. Billie Joe Armstrong used several vintage 1950s models meanwhile, while Jeff Beck of the Yardbirds bought his first Les Paul for £150 and described it as having a 'deep powerful sound' and being able to imitate just about anything'. One of the most famous Gibson guitars meanwhile is George Harrison's 'Lucy', and Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues used an ES-335 for his entire career. Even Jimi Hendrix – normally known for playing a Stratocaster, used several different Gibson guitars during his career. And it's not all older artists – more recently James Hetfield of Metalllica used an Explorer model. Bb Marley is even buried with his Les Paul Special.
While there are many different kinds of Gibson guitar, for many the real 'classic' is the original Les Paul. Les Paul was a jazz and country singer and songwriter who invented the 'solid body' electric guitar – meaning it was an electric guitar that you could pick up and play. While many people have been called the 'Godfather' of rock and roll one way or another – it was Les Paul who actually made rock and roll (and rock on its own) possible at all.