They've been beaten, banged up, sweated on, chipped, dinged and damn near destroyed; some have been left in pawnshops, one was dumped from a truck, and still another was dismissed as a throwaway piece of junk. They've also been admired, lusted after, and scrupulously copied by both guitar companies and budding luthiers the world over.
In photographing 108 of the more notable guitars made famous by some of the world's most iconic axmen and women, Lisa S. Johnson realized that it wasn't enough for her to merely take what she calls "some nice mug shots of instruments, which has been done already." Over the course of the 17 years that it took her to compile the forthcoming book, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Johnson's goal was "to show these guitars as true works of art, because that's what they are, sometimes in spite of all they've been through."Read more about