10. Martin Ed Sheeran Divide Signature Edition
The MusicRadar/Total Guitar Best in guitars 2017 polls have received over 136,000 votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the guitarists and guitar gear that have excelled in 2017. Here, we present the best new signature guitars of 2017. First up we have the Martin Ed Sheeran Divide Signature Edition...
We say: “Following previous Plus and X acoustics, this year's Divide model features Ed's trademark Little Martin body size, with mahogany patterned HPL back and sides and a spruce top – the difference being, of course, the addition of the ÷ laser-etched symbol."
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9. Jackson X Series Signature Adrian Smith SDXQ
We said: “Build quality is superb, the tones you can extract are excellent, and the compound neck is a revelation. The £500 bracket is always going to feature plenty of high-quality, highly playable guitars, but in this X Series model, Jackson has created something pretty special indeed.”
Full review: Jackson X Series Signature Adrian Smith SDXQ review
8. Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH
We said: “It’s built in honour of Duplantier, and that’s great for Gojira fans. Moreover, its wholly shreddable playability and monstrous tone make it one of the most exciting mid-priced electrics this year.”
7. Epiphone James Bay ‘1966’ Century
We said: “A singer/songwriter frustrated between the worlds of unplugged intimacy and rock power could find their tonal catalyst here; a different voice. And for that alone we welcome the return of the Century.”
6. Sterling By Music Man St Vincent
We said: “A very showy piece - but well priced and fit for purpose. So are you brave enough to take it for a spin?”
5. Fender EOB Sustainer Stratocaster
We said: “A brilliantly realised take on the Strat whose appeal reaches far further than just Radiohead fans.”
4. Jackson Pro Series Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT7FM
We said: “An S-style metal guitar engineered to a logical conclusion, but you can impress your own sound upon it.”
3. Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster
We said: “50 years ago, guitar revolutionary Jimi Hendrix uttered the words: 'This is for everyone', kneeled down, lit a match, and ended his set at the Monterey Pop Festival by setting fire to a hand-decorated Stratocaster, before smashing it onstage.
"To celebrate the half-century anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in rock history, Fender issued a replica of the artwork that graced that very same Strat – before Jimi had his wicked way with it."
2. LTD Bill Kelliher Sparrowhawk
We said: “After signing with ESP last year, the Sparrowhawk was designed with Kelliher as a composite of his favourite guitar shapes. As such it kind of looks like a curvier, industrial strength non-reverse Firebird."
More info: LTD Bill Kelliher Sparrowhawk
WINNER: Epiphone Lee Malia Explorer Custom Artisan
We said: “If the look appeals, you may well be surprised at where this guitar takes you - so much so we’d really like to see this pickup configuration on even more guitars."