by Marisa Torrieri Bloom
Women make up at least 50 percent of new guitar buyers, and are some of the most powerful strummers and soloists in bands all over the world. As a result, we’re seeing an influx of signature guitars designed by our favorite female guitarists in rock and other genres.
Here are five new ones unveiled in 2020 and 2021.
Orianthi Gibson SJ-200 Custom
Making its debut this May, rock guitar goddess Orianthi’s jaw-dropping stunner of an axe is #1 on my wish list. Features include a special neck modeled after a Gibson ES 345, a redesigned pickguard with Lotus Flowers (her name means “flower” in Greek, she says), as well as mother-of-pearl dot inlays in the neck. In this video, she calls it an “acoustic guitar for lead guitar players.” I call it a dream.
H.E.R. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar Chrome Glow
On September 20, Fender unveiled the brand’s first-ever signature guitar by a black artist, and it’s pretty spectacular — the guitar features a mid-‘60s “C” shape maple neck, Vintage Noiseless
Nita Strauss Ibanez JIVAJr
We’ve been obsessed with Nita Strauss’ JIVA for some time — it’s light as a feather, perfect for metal solos, and super-durable. The JIVAJR sports many of the same features as the original (and all of the beauty) but at a much more affordable price point. The new model features a “quilted maple top with 3-ply binding on a meranti body bolted to a Wizard III maple neck with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard,” which features those cool ‘Beaten Path’ EKG-style inlays and luminescent side dot markers.
Chrissie Hynde Signature Fender Telecaster
Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde recently unveiled this signature model guitar, which has an alder body with a road-worn ice blue metallic lacquer. Features include 1950s-style, single-coil pickups voiced to match those of Hynde’s original, plus a stainless steel barrel saddle bridge, custom mid-’60s C-shaped maple neck, 7.25-inch radius fingerboard, and a chrome mirror pickguard. For more information, visit Fender’s website or purchase on Reverb.
Yvette Young Ibanez YY10 Electric Guitar
Yvette Young is Ibanez’s second-ever female signature artist, which is fitting, since the Covet guitarist is a finger-tapping, musical sensation. The YY10 Signature Electric Guitar in Slime Green Sparkle — inspired by one of Young’s custom Ibanez Talmans — features a one-piece maple neck and maple fretboard, alder body and Seymour Duncan Five-Two neck pickups.
Marisa Torrieri Bloom is the founder and editor of Rockmommy.