25 most iconic guitars ever
Ovation Balladeer (1966)
Developed by a helicopter rotor engineer, the research that went into the roundback design of the Ovation Balladeer probably cost more than the R&D costs of every other guitar on this list. Not very rock ‘n’ roll, perhaps, but it’s still a massively desirable guitar.
The word fusion might bring you out in a rash, but Al Di Meola’s best work is seminal. A Friday Night in San Francisco with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia is a good place to start.