New Gibson 'Inspired By' guitars for 2008

Easy on the eye, easy on the ear, less so on the wallet
Easy on the eye, easy on the ear, less so on the wallet

No matter how much we idealise about wanting to carve our own unique furrow as aspiring musicians, the thought of owning a guitar that's just like the one our hero plays is pretty cool, right?

It's certainly a theme that most of the major brands have exploited over the years and Gibson's Inspired By series is currently doing very good business indeed.

Saluting some of the most influential guitarists ever to strap on a six-string with the Gibson logo and erm, Kiefer Sutherland, the Inspired By instruments are limited-edition pieces built to the exact specifications of the players in question.

The latest crop contains some very special guitars indeed, so without further ado, here's the class of 2008:

Mick Jones Les Paul Custom

Not to be confused with Mick Jones from The Clash, Foreigner's Mick Jones went five times platinum in 1977. His original Les Paul Custom is recreated here, and features a one-piece solid mahogany body, '57 Classic pickups, aged hardware and an aged finish.

Alex Lifeson ES-355

Lifeson's 1976 ES-355 has been his main weapon of choice throughout his career in Rush. This recreation sold out in record time and demand for another run is high.

Steve Jones Les Paul Custom

The Holy Grail for punk fans of a certain vintage, complete with pin-up girl stickers. Get pissed, destroy…

Lee Ritenour ES-335

From punk to jazz now, and when Ritenour isn't busy collecting one of the 17 Grammy nominations he's received to date, he's playing fluid jazz on a lovely old ES-335. This recreation's first run also sold out quickly.

Johnny Winter Firebird

Legendary bluesman Winter has always relied on a 1963 Firebird V. This painstaking recreation is ridiculously cool, and now ridiculously unavailable. Happily, Gibson Custom plans to release a Johnny Winter VOS - Vintage Original Spec - version soon.

Joe Bonamassa Aged Les Paul Goldtop

He's one of the hottest blues guitarists on the planet, and Bonamassa's signature guitar is pretty damn good too. Can we have one please?

Visit Gibson's Nashville Custom Shop online for more.

Chris Vinnicombe worked with us here on the MusicRadar team from the site's initial launch way back in 2007, and also contributed to Guitarist magazine as Features Editor until 2014, as well as Total Guitar magazine, amongst others. These days he can be found at Gibson Guitars, where he is editor-in-chief.