Album Covers and Photos that made you buy a guitar

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  1. 1973Marshall

    1973Marshall Member

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    Ever see a photo that made you or influenced you to buy one? Sure it's superficial, but cmon. Clapton wanted a Les Paul after seeing a pic of Freddy King with one. Page bought the EDS1275 after seeing a pic on an album cover.

    For me, fave images were...

    1) Carlos with his PRS in the late 80s - when I was a kid I saw those Viva Santana shots and had to have one when I got older.

    2) Clapton with Blackie and Brownie totally made me fall for Maple necked Black and 'Burst Strats

    3) Slash with Tobacco Burst Les Paul - 'nuff said

    4) Hendrix with Olympic White/Maple at Woodstock

    5) Hendrix with Black/Maple at Isle of Wight and on Band Of Gypsies

    Ones I still want to get are:

    1) Jeff Beck - Wired album photo- the Olympic White Strat with Rosewood made me want one.

    2) Beck with OxBlood LP

    3) Gibson Meoldy Maker after seeing Live Video of Thin Lizzy with Gary Moore ripping (least superficial of this list hehe)
     
  2. Mr. Crow

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    To this day I want a black Gibson Les Paul Custom because of the pictures of Peter Frampton playing one on the Humble Pie, Rockin the Filmore album.

    I got that album when I was 14, and I'm now 47.

    That's a long time to have an itch, one of these days I'm a-gonna scratch it!!
     
  3. zombywoof

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    Back in the mid-1960s the back of the first Butterfield Blues LP showing Bloomfield with a Tele. I knew I had to get me one of those.
     
  4. dougb415

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    I had to have a sunburst LP after getting the Allman Bros' "Live At Fillmore East" album back in Aug '71.
     
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    I've wanted a Rickenbacker since I first saw Tom Petty on Damn the Torpedoes.
     
  6. PKAZ

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    The first picture I ever saw of Eric Clapton, many years ago, was of him during the rehearsals for Blind Faith. He was kneeling down with his ES-335. Man.. he just looked so cool.
    That single photo got me into playing guitar and is the reason that my main guitar is a cherry red ES-335 with block markers.
     
  7. michael30

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    This is the inside cover of Roxy Music's "For your pleasure". I decided as a teenager that I would someday own an example of each guitar in the picture. I used to own one of those Hagstroms but the other ones are still on my list.

    I also refinished my '79 strat in Foam Green inspired by Ry Cooder on the cover of "Bop til you drop"
     
  8. Doug Tulloch

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    [​IMG]This album cover is responsible for what would soon develop into full blown guitar-obsession:D
     
  9. 1973Marshall

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    How did I forget to mention this guy? Pompei is one of my faves EVER!!!!

    Black on Black Strat (as this strat later became - ohhh yessss!)
     
  10. Dylan61

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    What Album was it, can't find it.
    Sure it wasn't a red ES-345?
     
  11. Clutch21286

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    Kiss Alive I & II - When I was a kid Ace was the man. I still like him.

    AC/DC Highway to hell - The hat with the horns!

    They both did it for me.
     
  12. pickaguitar

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    That strat is the same one as the black one?
     
  13. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    Any photo of Pete Townshend playing a Les Paul with a big old number on it!
     
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    The back cover of Alice Cooper's "Love It To Death." I've been in love with SGs ever since.
     
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    Same here, that photo has cost me a lot of money over the years.
     
  16. Bob Womack

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    Kinda says it all:

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    It just looked so powerful.

    I wanted Dickey's red LP and Duane's Marshall 1987.

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    Never happened. I ended up with a sunburst Paul and a Marshall combo.

    Little did I know that both of the albums represented by Beginnings were recorded with Fender amps. On the first one, Duane used a Strat and an ES-335 and Dickey used the SG/LP. On the second they did at least used the LPs. Hah!

    Bob
     
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    These 3 for sure. Plus I loved all the recording gear on Chet's album covers.

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  18. Jim Jones

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    I can't really think of a picture that lead me to buying a certain guitar but I can agree with a few posters about the SG envy caused by "Love It To Death".

    I've never been remotely interested in a BC Rich, but for some reason when I read the thread starter this is the first picture that came to mind. Very rock n roll! :)

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    Jim
     
  19. JSeth

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    The FIRST Butterfield Blues Band LP - Bloomfield with his Tele... Elvin Bishop played a red 335...or 345...
     
  20. HipKitty

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    Though I'd been playing for while at that point, I can't but help think of Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" cover with the reverse heastock (ala Jimmy) Strat....it really spurred me into getting past the "just Gibson" stage.

    Also got throw in Pat Traver's "Go For What You Know" live album.....gone but not forgotten...
     

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