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Top 10 Electric Guitars Inspired by Guitar Heroes

Published: Fri September 11, 2009  News Feed

Every guitarist has been inspired by his or her favourite guitar hero: from classic players such Eric Clapton and Peter Green, to modern ones like Steve Vai or Michael Schenker, guitar heroes are usually the ones who made us love guitars in the first place! 

Here's a great selection of the best signature and "inspired by" electric guitar models that you'll find at Dolphin Music. After all, the best and easiest way to follow on the footsteps of your hero is to get a similar guitar. Enjoy!

And don't forget - all guitars are available to purchase using the Taking it Away scheme! More details here...

The Classic Rockers:

Guitar Hero:

 The Guitar:

Eric Clapton, A.K.A. "God"

Eric Clapton and his Fool SG

Eric Clapton (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed "Slowhand", is a Grammy Award winning English composer, singer and guitarist who became one of the most respected and influential artists of the rock era.

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Vintage VS6 "Fool" SG £625.40

Vintage Fool SG

For many fans, Clapton never bettered his 60's work with the Bluesbreakers and with ground-breaking power trio Cream. The "Fool" SG was perhaps his most striking guitar.

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Peter Green

Peter Green

Peter Green (born 29 October 1946 in London, England) is an influential blues guitarist and founder of Fleetwood Mac and The Splinter Group. In the late 1960s, Green fronted Fleetwood Mac when the band played a hard blues-rock sound, prior to the more pop/rock sound for which it became known by the 1970s.

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Vintage V100 "Lemon Drop" £259

Vintage V100 Icon Series "Lemon Drop"

The most popular guitar at Dolphin, and for a good reason! Reverse-fitted neck humbucker and out of phase centre position wiring, differential bell type control knobs, battle scars and sealed gear replacement tuners all add to the mojo.... awesome Les Paul-style guitar!

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Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stephen ("Stevie") Ray Vaughan, born in Dallas, Texas (Born October 3, 1954 - Died August 27, 1990) was an American blues guitar legend, and is known as one of the most influential blues musicians in history and one of the best guitarists ever.

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Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Strat £1177

Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster 3-Colour Sunburst Pau Ferro

Features include an early ’60s neck shape, pao ferro fingerboard w/ jumbo frets, Texas Special™ single-coil pickups, gold-plated hardware, inverted left-hand vintage tremolo unit and distinctive “SRV” pickguard.

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 Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck isn't your typical guitar legend. His goal, in fact, is to make you forget that he plays guitar, finding ways to use the same guitar people have been using for 50 years to make sounds that no one has heard before. A true genius.

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 Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster £1095

Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster in Olympic White

From his blistering British Invasion beginnings through his amazingly varied solo career and right up to today, Jeff Beck’s Stratocaster guitar has been an integral part of his signature sound. Now he has a signature Fender instrument.

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 Brian May

Brian May

Born on 19th July 1947 in Feltham, England to parents Harold and Ruth May, Brian May is best known as the guitarist for English rock band Queen. Within the band he introduced unique triple layered guitar harmonies, created on his home made guitar "Red Special".

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 Brian May Guitars Red Special £465

Brian May Red Special

Stunning guitar, blessed with superb build quality, awesome playability and an astonishingly rich diversity of killer tones. It delivers everything you'd expect from a guitar built to the standards of one of the world's greatest guitarists, but it's affordable!

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The Heavy Rockers:

Guitar Hero:

 The Guitar:

Steve Vai

Steve Vai

Steven Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York, United States) is a Grammy Award winning guitarist, composer and record producer. From his early days playing with Frank Zappa to his successful solo career, Vai has become one of the modern greats.

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Ibanez JEM555 Steve Vai Signature £729

Ibanez Steve Vai Signature Guitar

The contoured body with 24 fret Prestige neck provides easy access to all registers. Deep routed tremolo cavities allow pitch bends. Vai's choice of specific DiMarzio pickups and split 5-way wiring give tonal versatility.  

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Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker (born January 10, 1955) is a hard rock and heavy metal guitarist of UFO and a founding member of the Scorpions. His playing style is unusual in that he seems not to use conventionally practiced guitar scales but seems instead to improvise.

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Dean M.Schenker Std V £279

Dean Michael Schenker Signature V

All the sting of a scorpion! The Dean Michael Schenker guitar is an affordable Michael Schenker signature model with the classic black and white finish. It features the Series II classic V headstock, a basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, dual humbucking pickups, Grover tuners, and tons o' 'tude.

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Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (born June 30, 1963) is a virtuoso guitarist / neo-classical metal He was one of the most celebrated Guitar virtuosi of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique.

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Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster £1279

Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster

A top seller with new revisions! The Yngwie Malmsteen Strat continues to unleash the fury with features like a scalloped neck is pure Yngwie, plus some new updated such as a White /Black/White pickguard, bullet truss rod nut and more!

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Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth

With his band Megadeth, Mustaine redefined heavy guitar. As a pioneer of the American thrash metal movement, Megadeth rose to international fame in the 1980s.

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Dean Dave Mustaine VMNT Silver £679

Dean Dave Mustaine VMNT Silver

This axe of darkness comes loaded with screaming Dave Mustaine Live Wire USA active humbuckers, Tone Pros bridge, Grover tuners, and Dunlop flush-mount straplocks for ultimate onstage performance.

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Paul Allender

Paul Allender of Craddle of Filth

Cradle of Filth is an extreme metal band, formed in Suffolk, United Kingdom in 1991, and Paul Allender is one of the greatest talents to have emerged from this scene.

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PRS SE Paul Allender SIgnature Model £499

PRS SE Paul Allender SIgnature Model

The Paul Allender SE is a 24 fret guitar with gold hardware and specially wound pickups that were designed for Paul. Looks and sounds amazing!

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