Trustworthiness of guitars poster

Chris Gregori says:

A couple months back I worked with my friend Jeremy on a Trustworthiness of Guitars poster… an idea that was taken from Matt Mcinerney’s Trustworthiness of Beards poster. He runs a music giveaway site and asked his readers to do a poll that shares how they felt about certain guitars. Out of the over 500 responses, the list was created and I illustrated all of the 32 guitars picked. Since the response to the poll was so big, they were printed 39″ x 8.5″ and for sale here. A full set of the guitar illustrations can be downloaded here for free.


  1. This would put Judas Priest firmly in the “girlfriend stealer” category. Is this appropriate? Much thought and futher research is necessary.

  2. Looks pretty accurate, although I’m sad to see Prince lumped in with all those cheezy guitars and the anonymous hacks who wield them.  Prince kind of exists in his own separate universe.

    1.  Frankly, putting a custom guitar easily identifiable with a well-known player (and one who’s undeniably brilliant, whatever you think of him personally) puts the maker of this poster in the douchebag category, IMO.

  3. Almost every song out of Nashville is about infidelity and alcoholism.  And indie’s big on irony.  So what exactly makes a Tele-player the knight of knights-and-knaves?  I mean, I play Tele, and I’m a dick.  

  4. i see no evidence that Parker Fly advocate, Adrian Belew, is a Total Douchebag.

    and what’s that on the left? a strat with a PRS neck?

    1. And yet somewhere out there is the thievin’ bastard who made off with my Telecaster.  Thanks to this chart, I assume he burns his fingertips every time he tries to play it.

  5. I call bullshit. Roine Stolt is a profoundly decent human being and his axe is the reddest of the red, yet Ted Nugent is a complete dick and his Gibson is way up in Boy Scout land. WTF?
    And, BTW, Adrian Belew is so not a douchebag.

    1.  I think the tongue in cheek joke is that you may not be a douche, but will still look like one. The ones on the douchey side of the chart are kind of like the aesthetic version of what a Hummer is for automobiles.

    2. Ted Nugent’s douchiness must be counter-balanced by the likes of Dave Gilmour.

      It’s a fine line, but it’s good to maintain one’s optimism.

  6. Judging by the chart and my two main axes I’m a workingman’s hero who can be trusted with band money. Patently untrue but I feel kind of smug nonetheless.

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