The best guitar designs are often borne out of input from the players themselves, so it figures that your line-up of 2014's best signature guitars features some of the most forward-thinking models out there. Here, we present your favourites from the past year...
Farida Artist Designed Freddie Cowan GNA TV Deluxe
Created by and for Freddie Cowan of The Vaccines fame, the GNA's triple-pickup oozes retro cool, but eschews the price tag associated with some vintage gear.
There's an alder body and a mahogany neck, while an ingenuous switching system helps you make the most of the three Farida Jazz humbuckers.
Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar NOS
We raved about the Kurt Cobain Jaguar upon its initial release in 2011, and the latest edition features all the same mods, but comes with an NOS (New Old Stock) finish.
If the road-worn look isn't your bag, this is the one for you. Everything else we loved about the original is pretty much unchanged and it's a versatile axe, capable of much more than simply aping Nirvana tones.
Epiphone Slash Rosso Corsa Les Paul
Another notch on the bedpost for one of Gibson/Epiphone's most prolific endorsees, the Rosso Corsa features an exclusive limited edition finish previously found only on a now-discontinued Gibson model.
The maple cap and weight-relieved mahogany body both looks and sounds the part, while the neck apes the mix of 50s and 60s profiles found on Slash's main Les Paul.
PRS SE Zach Myers Signature
The SE Zach Myers Signature - named after its Shinedown patron - is notable for being the first ever semi-hollow Singlecut from PRS.
As expected, the build quality is typically flawless, the satin neck is super playable and you get all that history-making for a street price of less than £600/$700.
Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster
Completing a trio of signature Fender models, the mahogany-bodied Jim Root Jazzmaster has quickly won a lot of fans among the metal community.
It looks the business, with its stripped-down matt black finish and brushed EMG humbuckers and is a boundary pushing signature that takes the Jazzmaster shape to new extremities.
LTD Ben Weinman BW-1 FM/ET
Dillinger Escape Plan man Ben Weinman was never going to have a conventional signature model, but - with the help of LTD - he's come up with a design to be truly proud of in the BW-1 FM/ET.
Packing an Evertune bridge and EMG-81/85 pickup pairing into a semi-hollow design and making it sound this good is a serious achievement. What's more, the build quality on our review model was very high, it looks great and somehow the pricing isn't set to 'totally unattainable'.
Jackson Chris Broderick Pro Series Soloist 6
Prior to this Pro Series model, a Jackson signature model for Megadeth's Chris Broderick would cost you the best part of four grand.
The Pro Series Soloist 6 brings a pared-down, but nonetheless seriously impressive metal-making machine in for under £700/$900. It's also a shred guitar that can actually deliver clean tones and there's loads of fun to be had with the in-built killswitch.