100+ Best Guitar Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational guitar quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Guitar Quotes

I just go where the guitar takes me. – Angus Young

I love the subtlety and tonal range of the acoustic guitar. – Dan Fogelberg

My first love was the sound of guitar. – Boz Scaggs

There’s no leader of this band, and there never will be. That’s the key. You can’t control how the public perceives you-people see rock’n’roll bands as the guitar player and the singer. – Shannon Hoon

Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart. – Andres Segovia

I look for what needs to be done. After all, that’s how the universe designs itself. – R. Buckminster Fuller

When I finally put my guitar in the case the last time, I want to be remembered just as a singer, not as a country singer or pops singer – just a singer. – Eddy Arnold

I’ve always wanted to smash a guitar over someone’s head. You just can’t do that with a piano. – Elton John

Let me explain something about guitar playing. Everyone’s got their own character, and that’s the thing that’s amazed me about guitar playing since the day I first picked it up. Everyone’s approach to what can come out of six strings is different from another person, but it’s all valid. – Jimmy Page

If you’re a guitarist, you should not be intimidated by using your instrument as a synthesizer, but you shouldn’t feel that you have to own one, either. – Andy Summers

For me, the most difficult thing is that I am learning melodies on guitar from some songs whose melodies were not meant to be played on guitar. Ever. They were intended mostly for keyboards or melodic percussion. – Dweezil Zappa

There are a lot of influences from different countries in my music. For example, I chose the guitar in my music, I think that it is a feminine instrument, so when I do not sing, the music expresses my voice. – Paulina Rubio

It was 1988, I believe, that I met Grit. We were both appearing in a Canadian Folk Festival and as we sat backstage he handed me his guitar. I played it, loved it, and then found out that he’d made it himself. – Tom Chapin

Dad wouldn’t let me fool with his guitar much, because I’m left-handed, and I’d pick it up upside down. But I remember learning to sing ‘Paper Doll,’ the Mills Brothers song – this was during the war – and I remember my dad taking me down to one of those little record booths where you could make spoken letters to send home. – Don Everly

One night I was standing on Third Avenue playing my guitar, when this big Irish policeman came strolling by, and stopped to listen to my singing and playing. When I was done, he politely handed me a ticket for disturbing the peace, while at the same time telling me how much he liked my voice. I wish I still had that ticket. – Frank Stallone

My voice is my improvisational instrument, the melody instrument. The guitar is harmonic structure. I’m not a good enough guitarist to improvise on it. – Paul Simon

Some people are just really goofy kind of guitar acts, and they go out and do these colleges and start making a fortune pretty early on. And other people – I know guys who are great comics, who’ve done the Letterman show many times, who still barely pay their bills. – Greg Giraldo

I don’t like to practice; I like spontaneity. When I don’t play guitar for a week and I pick it up again, I play better. – Ace Frehley

God is playing my guitar, I am with God when I play. – Link Wray

My mom bought me a white Strat, but that wasn’t what I wanted, so I went to a guitar store in Cleveland and – the guy told me it was a really good deal – made an even swap for a blue Teisco Del Ray. I loved that guitar and used it a bunch. – Dan Auerbach

Like my best friend, I asked for drums for Christmas, and got them. But when he moved on to guitar, I realized two things: (1) guitar is a much more expressive instrument, (2) way more girls pay attention to guitar players than to drummers. – Greg Iles

When I’m home on a break, I lock myself in my room and play guitar. After two or three hours, I start getting into this total meditation. It’s a feeling few people experience, and that’s usually when I come up with weird stuff. It just flows. I can’t force myself. I don’t sit down and say I’ve got to practice. – Eddie Van Halen

I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes. – Jimi Hendrix

I just love crafting and shaping sounds. Actually, many of the sounds that I work with start off as organic instruments – guitar, piano, clarinet, etc. But I do love the rigidity of electronic drums. – Imogen Heap

I listen to other guitar players, yeah. It gives me new concepts and shows me where the instrument is going for the future and it is going some places. There are some musicians who are really putting out a good vibe with new theories. I try and keep up. – George Benson

I’m really not that good at Guitar Hero! – Aaron Yoo

I suppose I am a frustrated musician so I annoy my family by playing guitar in the house. I used to be into acoustic stuff but my son Joseph is learning drums, so now I have an electric guitar and we play Metallica. We have an amp and a PA in the garage with his drum kit. – Kevin McKidd

I have a little history. I met Stone Temple Pilots, and their guitar player was a huge Extreme fan. Somewhere down the road, Extreme made its statement. – Gary Cherone

I’m a bass player from way back and Paul is a guitar player and we’ve been in many bands. – Adam Jones

Why did they keep changing guitars and amplifiers when they were perfect? They did the same things with cars, if you ask me. They forgot how to make them right, because they focused on style and bells and whistles. – Buddy Guy

It was by listening to Goodman’s band, that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian, who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up. – Alvin Lee

From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture, thanks mostly to the Beatles – Pat Metheny

It all comes down to the density of the wood. Every guitar’s different. – Robin Trower

A lot of places we go, when they see the organ coming in, they’re expecting rock and roll, but after they hear us play they like it. To me, guitar cuts through-it carries more than organ. But organ has got more guts. – Wes Montgomery

I spend a lot of time copying saxophone players and trumpet players. Not to say that it is not important to listen to guitar players, but there’s so much music out there and so many possibilities. I like anyone who plays any instrument. – Bill Frisell

We sat around and I fed them barbecue and whiskey. And pretty soon everyone started to compete with each other on the guitars. It seemed the more everyone drank and ate, the more everyone got into it. – Gary Allan

There was nobody at the time who was playing slide guitar like Johnny, and nobody, or no white guys at least, that was playing country blues like that on the acoustic guitar. And it was at that point that I realized what Johnny had to offer. – Rick Derringer

The Marshall guitar amplifier doesn’t just get louder when you turn it up. It distorts the sound to produce a whole range of new harmonics, effectively turning a plucked string instrument into a bowed one. A responsible designer might try to overcome this limitation – probably the engineers at Marshall tried, too. But that sound became the sound of, among others, Jimi Hendrix. That sound is called electric guitar. – Brian Eno

I play guitar… I like to say that I’m pretty good, but it takes someone else to tell you that you’re really good. – Billy Unger

Obviously, a bass sounds like a bass and a guitar sounds like a guitar, but the way you play the guitar reflects your personality. – Paul Simonon

I just couldn’t take school seriously: I had this guitar neck with four frets which I kept hidden under the desk. It had strings on it so I would practice my chord shapes under the desk and that’s about all I did at school. – Alvin Lee

I don’t put myself on Jeff Beck’s level, but I can relate to him when he says he’d rather be working on his car collection than playing the guitar. – Ritchie Blackmore

I like the guitar better these days. I like the bass, too, but it’s hard to fit a bass amp in a small car. – Dee Dee Ramone

For my 23rd birthday, I received a nylon string guitar. I told myself that if I could play Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears In Heaven,’ then I could play the guitar. I practised every chance I got, driving my housemates insane, until several weeks later I had a shaky version of the song down. I wrote my first song on the guitar a few weeks after that. – Neil Jackson

My heroes, I couldn’t imagine them practicing. Like Bob Dylan, you know? Bob Dylan’s a very, very good guitar player, but it’s like he’s trying to hide it. I always loved this attitude. When you’re very good… it’s like being an athlete – and I always hated sports! – Laurent Brancowitz

If you can play guitar and sing, you can probably get a gig down the road playing at a restaurant, but don’t throw your life away chasing something that is so elusive it will only lead you to regret and may turn you bitter. – Cliff Richard

So, my big brother was playing guitar and I figured I’d try it too. – Stevie Ray Vaughan

I was really into Black Sabbath, but heavy guitars can really be very limiting, it’s a great frequency and it’s great fun to listen to but on the other hand, musically you can do a lot more without it. – Kip Winger

I picked up the guitar at 11, but even before then, I was writing songs on the organ. – Tracy Chapman

I began playing drums when I was seven and guitar when I was fourteen, but it wasn’t until the early ’90s that I took music seriously. – Tom Curren

Sometimes I play guitar like a frustrated drummer. – Hal Sparks

I wish they’d had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would’ve been straightened out. – Jimi Hendrix

I didn’t know that you were supposed to tune the guitar to an open chord, and I learned to play slide with a normal tuning. I think it’s a little more melodic that way and doesn’t sound so bluesy. Of course, if I could play like David Lindley or Ry Cooder, I’d be a happy man! – Ken Hensley

I had been playing single note instruments and I wanted to hear a guitar played as a piano. – Leo Kottke

Guitar is the best form of self-expression I know. Everything else, and I’m just sort of tripping around, trying to figure my way through life. – Slash

The basic idea is always constructed around piano or guitar and a voice, that’s what we live and die by, because if you build up from that foundation, it’s going to be strong. – Wesley Schultz

I do the protest stuff. I do country and western. I play both acoustic and electric guitar in a lot of different styles, from loud, psychedelic stuff to quiet finger-picking. – Eugene Chadbourne

Someone told me the smile on my face gets bigger when I play the guitar. – Niall Horan

I just want to be a better guitar player, really. – Colin Hay

I just love playing guitar, so that’s what I’m going to do. – St. Vincent

I’m not that fluid when it comes to scales and modes. I just pick up the guitar and play. It’s all about exploration: just tune the guitar any way you want and start playing. – Alex Lifeson

I was 12 when I started playing guitar with my brothers. – Tom Chapin

I’m an old guitar player who has fallen into television and is so happy he did. – Chuck Lorre

I am Classic Rock Revisited. I revisit it every waking moment of my life because it has the spirit and the attitude and the fire and the middle finger. I am Rosa Parks with a Gibson guitar. – Ted Nugent

I don’t think anything can touch the expressive range of the guitar. – Gary Clark, Jr.

When I’m having a bad day, I pick up my guitar. – Michelle Branch

Guitar solos bore the hell out of me. Only a few guitarists interest me, and it’s not about the solos they play, it’s about the grooves they create. – Dan Auerbach

I wouldn’t mind being the lead guitarist in an incredibly successful rock band. However, I don’t play the guitar. – Ian Mcewan

The guitar has a kind of grit and excitement possessed by nothing else – Brian May

My interests are guitars, cars, and vacation. I’ve been playing guitar all my life. My dad was a professional guitarist, but I’m terrible, which lets me off the hook, so I just play for myself. – Josh Hartnett

I’d think learning to play the guitar would be very confusing for sighted people – Doc Watson

When I plug in my guitar and play it really loud, loud enough to deafen most people, that’s my shot of adrenaline, and there’s nothing like it. That’s what it’s always been for me – to be the flame the tribe dances around. – Joe Perry

I think the way I play the guitar is very percussive. I play a lot of rhythm chops as though I were playing congas or something. – Tommy Bolin

I took lessons for about everything you could imagine – gymnastics to karate to flute and piano. My mom always definitely kept me in some kind of class or program, but for guitar, I kinda gave up on then kinda just taught myself. Same thing with piano. I’ve never been good with following lessons. – Elle Varner

When I write a song, I always start on acoustic guitar, because that’s a good test of a song, when it’s really open and bare. You can often mislead yourself if you start with computers and samples and programming because you can disguise a bad song. – Martin Gore

I’m a crap guitarist and I find it really hard writing on my own. – Siobhan Fahey

The music I want to hear in my head sounds somewhere between Jimi Hendrix and Massive Attack. It’s not really like my dad, but there will always be similarities because we have the same vocal cords, and I learnt the guitar the way he taught me. – Dhani Harrison

Reading a book about management isn’t going to make you a good manager any more than a book about guitar will make you a good guitarist, but it can get you thinking about the most important concepts. – Drew Houston

I grew up hard. I picked cotton and plowed with the mule and fixed the cars and played with the guitar and the piano. – Pinetop Perkins

You can be a singer, and you can be a guitar player, but putting them together is another animal. – Gavin DeGraw

My whole career from the early 70s on has been mind-blowing. I didn’t imagine in my life that I would ever be considered a guitar player first of all because I started off as a singer. – George Benson

A guitar is a very personal extension of the person playing it. You have to be emotionally and spiritually connected to your instrument. I’m very brutal on my instruments, but not all the time. – Eddie Van Halen

People forget the punk thing was really good for women. It motivated them to pick up a guitar rather than be a chanteuse. It allowed us to be aggressive. – Siouxsie Sioux

If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it. – Jascha Heifetz

I started playing guitar kind of by accident. – Ryan Cabrera

To me, the guitar is a tool for songwriting, and it’s fun, too. The day that it’s not fun, that’s when I’m not gonna play guitar anymore. – Scott Ian

The heavy guitars are the ones that sound good. They are not that comfortable, but they do sound great. – Neal Schon

To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity. – Richard Thompson

I never really trained to be a musician, but I’ve been playing guitar since I was around, like, 13 years old. For me, the guitar has always been the instrument that I’ve played. I play a little piano. I taught myself everything by ear. I don’t read music at all, which has not really been a hindrance. – Steve Kazee

My guitar was loud as hell, and I had no sympathy for anybody else. – Brownie McGhee

I’m going through a divorce now. This is the second one, and like baseball, I’m not gonna get three strikes. I’ve been living by myself for five years and I’m very comfortable. I can play my guitar when I want to. – Buddy Guy

Being 16 years old and getting an electric guitar is never going to get old. There’s always going to be kids making music. There’s always going to be kids in bands. – Dan Auerbach

The voices on the record, that was trying to treat my voice like guitar players treat guitar tones. – Gary Cherone

As a guitar player, you can gravitate to the blues because you can play it easily. It’s not a style that’s difficult to pick up. It’s purely emotive and dead easy to get a start with. – Boz Scaggs

Rock guitarists usually do not wish to think trains of thought about anything but their own guitar playing during a long solo, and I could not play this way if I were not able to divide my attention between my ever changing musical environment and my instrument itself. – John Frusciante

Anything that broadens your musicality always moves the way you write drum or guitar parts. – Philip Selway

I’m thinking about learning a few new things – like taking classical guitar lessons – and I’d like to bring what I learn into hard rock. – Mick Mars

Years from now, after I’m gone, someone will listen to what I’ve done and know I was here. They may not know or care who I was, but they’ll hear my guitars speaking for me. – Chet Atkins

I don’t care how famous a guitarist is, he ain’t learned everything. There’s always somewhere to go, something to mash up, but he ain’t found it yet. You never learn everything on that guitar neck. – David Edwards

I just loved the guitar when it came along. I loved it. The banjo was something I really liked, but when the guitar came along, to me that was my first love in music – Doc Watson

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