The Seven Sexiest Guitars in Texas (And the People Who Play Them)
From Keith Richards and his swagger to Jimmy Page with his operatic solos, sexy guitarists have been dominating our minds for more than four decades now, causing fans to riot as if the guitarist itself exuded something magical. In the '50s, Beatle-mania forced police to wear riot gear while thousands of screaming girls (and more than a few boys) climbed stages across America to snag a piece of John Lennon's Rickenbacker 325 or Paul McCartney's Hofner Violin bass. In the '60s, Hendrix inspired fans with his upside down American Stratocaster and blazing riffs.
Today, musicians are still able to hypnotize fans with the same tool used by the legends: a sexy guitar. To honor these beauties, here are seven sexy guitars played by some of Texas' hardest-working rockers currently touring.
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7. Jim Crye - Volume Dealer
No, Crye's not a member of the Duck Dynasty clan. He's the lead guitarist in one of Fort Worth's best new metal bands - Volume Dealer. And this Texas thrasher takes his white-gold Dean to levels not seen since Dimebag Darrell ignited the stage with his pulse-pounding riffs. "It's eye catching," Crye says. "It's such a cool stage guitar. I always get compliments on it; it's my favorite guitar." Its golden-white finish blazes in the darkness, and its flying V shape is an ode to another legendary guitarist - Randy Rhoads.
6. Gene Grinolds - Nevermind the Darkness
This guitarslinger wields a PRS SE Zach Myers signature model. "I really like the feel of it and the tone of it is massive!" Grinolds says. Its beefy tone and his slinging skills are helping to take this emerging band to the next level. And with a sparkle-burst and clear knobs, this sexy monstrosity detonates eardrums with a little help from its amplifier friends.
5. Kes O'Hara and Holly Wood - Honey
Trying to separate this angel and demon is like offering yin without yang. Gibson Les Paul Studio and '63 Fender Jazz Bass are two instruments that belong together. And these ladies' classic rock sound reverberating through their solid bodies is helping to bring recognition to this Dallas-based band. "I'm too small to play a standard or a classic," Kes explains, "so I go with a studio or a junior just cause the neck's still nice and fat; it still feels like a Gibson and still has that beautiful tone." Kes' Gibson's scorching body reflects the guitarist's fiery stage presence.