Diego “El Twanguero” Garcia is notable for primarily playing Spanish music, but favoring an electric guitar as his instrument instead of the types of acoustic guitars more closely associated with Spanish music. Though not one to shy away from donning an acoustic and playing a little bit of flamenco, El Twanguero’s sound is still more comfortably associated with the crisp, rock-infused sound that he can call his own. And as a result, the man has wielded numerous electric guitars that may look familiar to people, such as:
The Gibson Les Paul
Bearing the name of its legendary co-designer, the Les Paul was first introduced in 1952 but has become so popular that it became the trade mark weapon of many guitar icons, including the likes of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Queen’s Brian May, Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde, and many more. This guitar, particularly when paired with double humbucking pickups, produces thick, creamy midtones that work so well during slow solos.
The Fender Stratocaster
Released only a couple of years after the Les Paul, the Stratocaster is equally iconic and its trade mark shape is one of the most emulated guitar shapes in the industry. Despite having a slightly thinner sound than the Les Paul, the Stratocaster is verstile enough that you will see it used in everything from hard rock, to blues, and even country music. It has been used by many legendary guitarists, including the late Jimi Hendrix.
The Gibson Flying V
This guitar’s name comes from its distinctive V-shape, and while the unorthodox shape limits its appearance to certain genres. For instance, you may see country or classical guitarists sporting a les paul or a stratocaster, you will rarely see them use a flying V, as it would look awkward. But it is also this distinctive shape that made it so popular and recognizable, coupled with the fact that it fit in so well with guitarists who play loud, aggressive music while performing outlandish stage antics. Notable users include late guitar legends Randy Rhodes and Jimi Hendrix.
The Ibanez RG
This line of guitars was only introduced in 1987, making it the youngest in this list. But it is still easily recognizable because it is so closely associated with the metal genre due to many metal guitarists (including guitar virtuoso Steve Vai) prefering the model. The RG fits the metal genre so well in both aesthetics and sonics, owing to its sharp features with a deep cutaway, and fretboards with a flatter radius that favor wider bends and low string access.
There are many other notable guitars out there, but the four above cover enough genres and eras in music that they can serve as definitive on their own. But fear not, we are sure other notables like the Fender telecaster and the Gibson SG also deserve a spot, were this list longer.