1. 1950s Fender Stratocaster £1,005

The '54 Strat in red is an American icon up there with Harley Davidsons and Zippo lighters. The closest new guitar to it is their replica '57 Strat

www.fender.co.uk; 01342 331 700

2. Gibson Les Paul Standard £1,850

The first Les Pauls appeared in 1952 and amplifiers started distorting all over the Western world. The guitar is played by Jimmy Page, Slash, Noel Gallagher and Madonna.

www.gibson.com; 00800 44 427 661

3. Rickenbacker 360/12 £1,199

A Texan by the name of George Beauchamp defined the sound of the Sixties when he came up with this beautiful 12-string guitar, which was made cool by The Byrds and Love.

www.dolphinmusic.com; 08708 409 060

4. Gretsch Electromatic £499

Gretsch has a new line of affordable Electromatics for those who want to emulate the tone of Lennon and Harrison without breaking the bank.

www.guitarandampshop.co.uk; 01243 868 666

5. Gibson 335 'Dot' Plainwood £2,230

Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Lee Hooker, are just a few names from the list of legendary performers for whom the 335 is the instrument of choice.

www.rosetti.co.uk; 01376 550 033

6. Gibson SG Standard £1,250

It's lighter than a Les Paul but, with two humbucker pickups, this guitar is still a monster. It first appeared in 1961 and is available for as little as £800 from some dealers.

www.gibson.com; 01376 550 033

7. Fender Telecaster from £295

The classic Telecaster is thin, light and aggressive - like most of the people who play it - pushing the amplifier to overdrive in a bright but harmonious way.

www.dolphinmusic.co.uk; 08708 409 060

8. Epiphone 58 Korina Flying V £269

Epiphone have the highest build-quality of budget guitars. There is a range of guitars to chose from many of which are licensed Gibson copies. This Flying-V is a must.

www.epiphone.com; 01376 550 033

9. Danelectro Longhorn from £439

From 1958 Danelectro produced the Longhorn guitar and bass, non- conformist guitars with a great tone that became part of the sound of the era. They have now been reissued.

www.thinkmusic.co.uk; 08454 561 015

10 Modern Fender Stratocaster from £289

The Stratocaster is the best-selling guitar of all time and modern versions are designed to suit all budgets. Even a cheap Strat will last a lifetime. This year is Fender's 60th birthday.

www.dolphinmusic.co.uk; 08708 409 060