what signature guitar do you think sells the most based on it's association with the endorser?

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  1. wsaraceni

    wsaraceni Supporting Member

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    I happen to have a few signature guitars. a Brian May mini may, a Les Paul, a Steve Stevens model Washburn, a PRS Santana Brazilian. I didn't buy any because of Les Paul, Brian May, SS or Santana. that got me thinking. I want a Dean ML. not because I love the design (although I do think it's cool). I want one just because of Dime. And if my instagram searching is any indication, id say almost 99% of ML owners are HUGE Dime fans. And with the amount of import MLs sold I'm not sure any others are close. Anyone have any ideas of other signatures that are as popular?


    Bonus question. is a Les Paul a signature guitar or would you need the "Slash" Les Paul for it to be considered a signature guitar? I kinda lean towards the later.
     
  2. FiestaRed

    FiestaRed Supporting Member

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    It's got his signature right on the head stock and is named after him. How much more "signature" do you want?
     
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    Are we to consider all modern day Gibson Les Pauls as being endorsed by Les Paul? No sure I would extend the concept of "endorsement" that way.

    A Slash Les Paul? That makes sense.
    An Eric Johnson strat? Yup.

    Les Paul? I think that is not the same.
     
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    Benz2112 Supporting Member

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    The Ernie Ball John Petrucci guitars are huge sellers, hence why they make 15 different versions of it. I think that model has raised the profile of EBMM in general over the past 20 years.
     
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    I bet the correct answer is the jem series.
     
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    The Reverend Greg Koch Gristlemaster is selling out everywhere.
     
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  8. Devnor

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    Petrucci sells more sig guitars than anyone else at 3-4K each. DT fans are loaded.
     
  9. sedawkgrep

    sedawkgrep Silver Supporting Member

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    Yeah the Petrucci. I thought I read somewhere that it was far and away the best selling signature model over like the last 15-20 years.
     
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    Clapton strat maybe? :dunno
     
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    Probably something like a Clapton Strat or the Jem sells the most. I don't know.
     
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    I don’t think most people buying Les Pauls really know who Les Paul was.
     
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    I've read it too, and told they sell out fast by a dealer.
     
  14. somedude

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    Even if we consider the Les Paul a signature guitar, how many people buy it due to Les Paul’s association with it?

    In 2020 I feel most people have no idea who Les Paul is and evening less have ever heard him play.
     
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    sad but true!
     
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    True of course, but it becomes semantics. I look at it as it's an uber signature guitar. When you have multiple other signature versions of a signature guitar, you have to consider it to be a special case, regardless of what you choose to call it.
     
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  17. stevieboy

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    I don't really have any way to accurately answer the OP's question, doubt there's an way to measure ti, but if I take it to mean what percentage of a signature guitar's sales are based on the signature, regardless of total sales compared to others, then I would say the Brian May model might be a good guess.
     
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  18. Bankston

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    The obvious answer is the Les Paul.

    I read in Guitar World that the Petrucci signature model sells like crazy.

    George Lynch has had signature model ESPs for 30+ years. I wonder how many of those they've sold?
     
  19. the_Chris

    the_Chris It's All Been Done Before

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    I’d venture to guess there’s a lot of John Mayer fans that bought a Silver Sky due to his endorsement of PRS.

    Les Paul isn’t really the answer because people think of a Les Paul as a guitar type - I doubt the general public even realizes that Les Paul was a professional musician (and one heck of a musician at that).
     
  20. sedawkgrep

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    It sort of transcended beyond sig model didn't it? It absolutely was a sig model by our standards when it was being bought and played in the 50's/60's and probably even 70's. But as all these different types of guitars came and went, very, very few stood the test of time...and I'd say the Les Paul is the only sig model to do so.
     
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