Guess the guitar hero – from their guitar

We’ve cut out the faces of 12 axemen with distinctive guitars, so you have to identify the guitarist from their instrument …

1It’s a sharp dressed guitar – but is its fluffiness signifying the kind of owner who might drive a souped-up Cortina with fluffy dice and a bit of jazz funk on the stereo? Boon Gould of Level 42Eddie Hazel of FunkadelicBilly Gibbons of ZZ TopJohnny Marr of the Smiths2Quite the eruption of colour from this one, sported by which Californian? Eddie van Halen of Van HalenCarlos Santana of SantanaMick Mars of Mötley CrüeGreg Ginn of Black Flag3In later years he’d substitute the classic Rickenbacker for a selection of Gibsons. Which art school boy is this?Ray Davies of the KinksJohn Lennon of the BeatlesSyd Barrett of Pink FloydPete Townshend of the Who4He’s British and he’s proud of it! But which Britpop king flew the flag?Graham Coxon of BlurMark Webber of PulpNoel Gallagher of OasisChris Gentry of Menswear5The battered Telecaster is, naturally, the guitar of the common man. Which common man, though?Frank TurnerBilly BraggBruce SpringsteenTom Clarke of the Enemy6You can’t mistake this guitar, even in a little silhouette. Who’s playing it?Brian May of QueenJimmy Page of Led ZeppelinSteve Howe of YesJeff Lynne of ELO7Five necks good, one neck bad. Is it five times more expensive for its owner?Paul Stanley of KissRick Neilsen of Cheap TrickDonald Roeser of Blue Öyster CultTom Scholz of Boston8It’s the Flying V’s owner we’re looking for, but the presence of a “twin guitar attack” should give you a clue who’s sporting it …Scott Gorham of Thin LizzyMichael Schenker of UFOKirk Hammett of MetallicaKK Downing of Judas Priest9The guitar’s square. The man most certainly wasn’t. Who’s pictured?Bo DiddleyBB KingBilly Gibbons of ZZ TopHowlin’ Wolf10Name the man who wrote a song so profound it needed not six, not 12, but 18 strings to play.Pete Townshend of the WhoKeith Richards of the Rolling StonesJimmy Page of Led ZeppelinAlex Lifeson of Rush11You don’t get to be as heavy as this man by playing guitars with soft, rounded edges. Who is more metallic than thou?Dave Murray of Iron MaidenJames Hetfield of MetallicaKerry King of SlayerDave Mustaine of Megadeth12And finally, if you don’t get this one, consider yourself told off. Just consider the fact that the SG-playing guitarist is wearing school uniform …Tom Morello of Rage Against the MachineBrian “Head” Welch of KornWes Borland of Limp BizkitAngus Young of AC/DC


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