While many believe Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars and others have only been around for a century or so, the oldest guitar like instrument known to man actually was made more than 3,500 years ago and was made from cedar wood and rawhide. Guitars have served for thousands and thousands of years, then, as instruments that create beautiful music and keep guitar enthusiasts playing happily. From the earlier ages of rock music to more recent years that have included world class rockers, Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars and others have continued to let the world rock.
These other guitars are following in the footsteps of great Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars. They include Alt de Facto Fano guitars, Chet Atkins Gretsch guitars, Randy Rhoads Jackson guitars, Richie havens guild guitars and Steve Vai Ibanez guitars. But this list is by no means inclusive, nor is it meant to cover just a few that are following in the Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars footsteps. There are dozens of other rock stars who have made names for themselves by helping to design or popularize awesome guitars that were meant to rock. And even rock stars like Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, David Byrne of The Talking Heads, Liz Phair and P.J. Harvey are die hard fans of major guitars like the Fender Mustang.
These guitars are perhaps just as popular, if not more so, than the people who have owned and played them. Take for instance the bass guitar that Cobain smashed to bits in the iconic Smells Like Teen Spirit video. Last month, it was supposed to grab as much as $40,000 at a London auction. Another popular guitar was sold for a record $2.8 million in 2005, when someone purchased the Fender Stratocaster guitar to benefit the Reach Out to Asia charity. The guitar, which was signed by major guitar players from Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton and Ronnie Wood to Brian May, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, Sting, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame, demonstrates just how far people are willing to go to have just a piece of a world class guitar.
Not to be outdone, reggae icon Bob Marley’s Washburn 22 series Hawk guitar has an estimated $2 million worth and is even considered a national asset in Jamaica, furthering the ideal that rock stars are gods and the guitars they use to strum chords are their magic wielding accompaniments. These Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars and others have proved their worth by far in the iconic musical landscape.