10 Famous Guitars


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Nancy Wilson's 1963 Lake Placid Blue Tele
Nancy Wilson (seen here with her sister Ann in the foreground) of Heart is strumming her '63 Fender Telecaster in Lake Placid Blue Tele while the duo performs at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in 2006. Ralph Notaro/Getty Images

When Ann Wilson decided to cross the border into Canada to follow her draft-dodging boyfriend, her Heart bandmates followed. Because, what else could they do? Ann had a voice like no other. In the early '70s, it was one thing for a band to be fronted by a woman with an incredible voice, but there were absolutely no rock outfits with a woman on lead guitar. Except for this one.

Ann happened to have a sister who could play. Really play. Nancy Wilson was in university at the time, but Ann managed to convince her sister to come north and join her. When the two women joined forces, nobody had ever seen anything like them. Raised on acoustic guitar, Nancy slung a '63 Fender Telecaster in Lake Placid Blue Tele over her shoulder and made the transition. It's been her favorite electric ever since and the guitar most closely associated with her unique hair-raising sound [source: Kelly]. She even named one of her songs "Blue Guitar" in its honor.

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