ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons Guitar collection
William Frederick Gibbons is an American singer, songwriter, producer and actor best known as the guitarist and vocalist of ZZ Top.
When it comes to guitars, Billy prefers Gibsons, and most of his guitars are built or modified by John Bolin.
And he has a vast collection of it too. His technician revealed it to be around 450, but the number may be higher.
Billy Gibbons is a member of the millionaire’s club with a net worth of approximately $60 million.
1962 Gibson Melody Maker
This is one of his favorite guitars, which he got as a gift on Christmas when he was 13.
He currently owns a replica of this guitar nicknamed ‘Mojo Maker’ and uses it during live performances.
1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard ‘Pearly Gates’
The “Holy Grail” of Les Paul was Billy’s first Les Paul guitar which he bought from a rancher at a price of $250.
Billy uses its replicas for live gigs and keeps the original guitar safe. The replica features a Duncan humbucker in the neck position and a Thomas Nelson’s Cream T Special in the bridge.
The ZZ Top vocalist still refuses to sell the original guitar even though he was once offered $5 million for it.
1963 Fender Esquire
During the start of his career with Moving Sidewalks, Billy played a white Esquire.
But he decided to switch to a Stratocaster mainly because Jimi Hendrix influenced him.
“I had an Esquire before the Strat, but when I saw Hendrix, it was all too much to bear. I said, I’ve got to try this.” – Billy Gibbons (TBD)
John Bolin Supermodel Esquire
This is a custom guitar built by John Bolin, and Billy was seen using a couple of other different Supermodels.
It features a maple neck, gold frets, single Custom shop dual-coil pickup in the bridge and chambered Swamp Ash body.
Bolin/Gretsch Bo Diddley
This is Billy’s B rig furry guitar which was built by John Bolin.
It features classic Gretsch Bo Diddley design and a single TV Jones pickup in the bridge position with chambered body covered in New Zealand Sheepskin.