Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault

10th May 2011 | 15:01

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Bo Diddley's Gretsch
They also have his 'trademark' hat...

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Glen Matlock's first acoustic
The Sex Pistols bassist and song writer was given this acoustic by his parents one Christmas

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Steve Vai's Doubleneck Ibanez Gem
Featuring six and 12 string necks, it was built for David Lee Roth's Eat 'Em And Smile tour

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Bob Dylan's National Newport
As featured with Bob on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1979

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Dave Kushner's signature Fernandes Ravelle Elite
Signed and played by the Velvet Revolver guitarist on 'The Tonight Show'

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
B.B. King's Gibson ES-355 Lucille
One of many Lucilles, this one is signed on the pick guard by the man himself

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
B.B. King's Gibson ES-355 Lucille headstock
Note the engraved B.B. King logo on the truss rod cover

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Black Crowe's Gibson Les Paul
Signed by the band in silver pen

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Jeff Beck's Fender Stratocaster
A beautiful Tobacco sunburst, signed by the guitarist

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Jeff Beck's 1957 Fender Esquire
One of Beck's 'most used' guitars, both live and in the studio

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Jimi Hendrix's Gibson ES-345 with Bigsby vibrato
With black velvet 'frock coat' worn by Hendrix in 1969

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Jimmy Page's Gibson Les Paul
In Sunburst finish and signed by both the guitarist and Robert Plant

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Joe Walsh's Fender Jazzmaster
Signed by The Eagles' guitarist, as used on the 'Hell Freezes Over' DVD

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Keith Richards' Fender Stratocaster
Authentically battered, with three toggle switches for pickup selection

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Kurt Cobain's Fender Jazzmaster
In Tobacco Burst, as signed by Kurt and played during Nirvana's Cow Palace, California show on 8 April, 1993

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Zakk Wylde's Signature Gibson Les Paul Custom
As played during Zakk's appearance at the Hard Rock Café

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Lenny Kravitz's broken Gibson Flying V
Played during the guitarist's 1994 shows at the Birmingham N.E.C. We guess they didn't 'go his way'!

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Tom Petty's Danelectro 56
As played by Tom on the 'Wildflowers' album. Signed and illustrated by the song writer.

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Pete Townshend's Gibson Les Paul
The second ever guitar donated to the Hard Rock Café. The first was Eric Clapton's Fender Lead II. Pete's came with a note: "Mine's as good as his!"

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

Guitars of the Hard Rock Café vault
Pete Townsend's explanatory note
See below for the full transcription...

"Back in 1979 – when I was very, very drunk, I gave my black Les Paul to the Hard Rock Café in London. I couldn’t have known that this astonishingly generous donation (it was the best guitar I ever had!!) would transform a small American diner into a cultural icon, and help establish a collection that preserves the heritage of R ‘n’ R. Pete Townshend. P.S. Mine’s still as good as Eric C’s"

Hard Rock Café turned 40 recently and as part of the celebration they’re opening their memorabilia vault to the public. TG was invited down for an exclusive look at some of the many wondrous guitars donated by rock music’s most renowned alumni.

Check out Total Guitar issue 215 (on sale 13 May – 9 June) for more information on the Hard Rock Café vault and a look at some of the collection’s finest guitars.

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