The Seven Sexiest Guitars in Texas (And the People Who Play Them)

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Christian McPhate
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.

See also: The Nine Best DFW Metal Guitarists

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Christian McPhate
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.

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John Stanley
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.

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Christian McPhate
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.



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21 comments
wesca1952
wesca1952

How dare you mark!!!!!  You are just Jealous. The HONEY"S are the BEST.............

Gerry Fisher
Gerry Fisher

apparently, DO doesn't get out much if those are their 7 sexiest guitars in TX...wow...

cryphish
cryphish

Laura... Bassist for Faded Grace...She is very talented and can head bang like no one else!!!

Mike Noyes
Mike Noyes

Wow, I never thought I'd see the two words "sexy" and "Dean" in the same sentence.

Eric Vaughan
Eric Vaughan

not sure how Jaret Reddick didn't make this list!?!

Greg Garffer
Greg Garffer

Not going to agree with most of those choices, but the ZS1 5 string bass is pretty sweet looking. I agree with the comments on the other guitars, and have to question the author's comment about a Les Paul Studio and a '63 Jazz Bass belonging together. Really? I'm going to assume the author is not a guitar player in any capacity beyond Rock Band.

Jackie Newhouse
Jackie Newhouse

Apparently pointy = sexy. I liked the "Rickenbocker".

Jon Binford
Jon Binford

more like "Douches Play Shittiest Guitars in Texas"

Joe Bannon
Joe Bannon

One of those dudes is balding, if not all of them.

Brent Ford
Brent Ford

Uhhh....a Les Paul Studio....a Jackson....a Standard Strat??? Not exactly the holy grail? Excuse me if I'm not exactly drooling

Arden Ellis
Arden Ellis

I think there are way better guitars in this state that what's on this list.

Mark
Mark

I won't lie that Holly's 60's jazz bass is awesome, but she is such a miserable player that she should be DQ'ed from the list. 

xuco1
xuco1

Right off the top of my head female bassists come to mind (I can't remember if they were all actually good or great bassists) I realize these are not Dallas based guitarist.

Tina Weymouth - Talking Heads

Kira Roessler - Black Flag

Paz Lenchantin - Zwan (that Billy Corgan train wreck)

Sean Yseult (not real name) - White Zombie

Allison Robertson (not a bassist) - The Donnas


alanayo
alanayo

@Mark Holly might still be building up her experience, but she's not a miserable player. Its true that she was a beginner not too terribly long ago, but she puts a lot of modest focus into her learning and rehearsing. Even if she was "miserable", this isn't about criticzing skills. This is about guitar weaponry and, at best, about prowess and charisma behind the instrument. Holly has that, and has good taste in her instruments....and I know for a fact that while most girls in the lifestyle as pretty and popular as that are busy getting free drinks, afterparty passes, and oppourtinistically drilling rockstars, she busts her ass drilling her parts at home. She's gone from decent bassist to better. Give her another year, and she could have some top notch groove to her shit. She's a musician that invests her time smartly...its paying off now, and it will only pay off more. 

You know who's a "miserable" fucking bassist?  Fieldy from Korn. That's who. That motherfucker sounds like he's playing with an arm that's missing a hand. I dont even think he plays notes...he just beats on the thing like a caveman. I think Holly Wood can play circles around fucking Fieldy. 

hothairbyholly
hothairbyholly

Mark, my friend, I couldn't agree with you more, but what are we going to do with the opinions of all the people who think I'm a bad ass?

mjwest42
mjwest42

@Mark Are you the guy that tried out for Honey and was told you lacked talent? I can see where that could hurt a little. find one other person in Texas or Oklahoma that fells the same as you about Holly's bass playing. Won't happen

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