Why do I get the feeling that guitar players who are often seen onstage with humbucker guitars actually use single coil equipped axes more often than what people would assume. Jimmy page is a famous example; a huge chunk - if not the majority - of his guitar tracks, including the Stairway To Heaven solo, are recorded with his famous psychedelic Tele and Danelectros. Billy Gibbons. You would think every ZZ Top song is recorded with Pearly, judging from his professing that Pearly's the perfect guitar in existence. But I have heard rumors that Jesus Just Left Chicago, among other songs, was recorded with a Tele. Slash also mentioned in Vintage Guitar magazine that he has a fondness for Strats and Teles and used them on a few Velvet Revolver songs, even said that the Strat is the "best guitar for rock n' roll, hands down." I'm sure there's nothing wrong with humbuckers, but do you reckon it's because the sonic qualities of single coils shine through better in a studio but not that conducive for playing live because they're relatively weak compared to humbuckers? Especially for those playing Rock. Inversely, there are guitarists famous for using single coils who sometimes play through humbuckers in the studio, but not as much as the first trend, from what I noticed.