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Jeff Hanneman's Top 3 Guitars

Jeff Hanneman, the late guitarist of Slayer, played several guitars throughout his career. Here are the top three guitars that he is known for using:

  1. Gibson Les Paul: Jeff Hanneman's first guitar ever was a Gibson Les Paul that he bought by saving $500 from his job. He used this guitar on Slayer's early albums "Show No Mercy" and "Hell Awaits" [1].

  2. Jackson Soloist: In the early 1990s, Hanneman began using ESP guitars as a backup to his Jackson Soloist guitar. He even had his own signature model made based on the specs of his original Jackson Soloist [2].

  3. B.C. Rich Bich: After the "South of Heaven" tour, Hanneman began using B.C. Rich Bich guitars with various graphics, including the Dead Kennedys DK logo and a portrait of Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten [3].

It's worth noting that Hanneman exclusively used ESP guitars from 2000 until he stopped touring in early 2011 [2]. Additionally, ESP has since released several Jeff Hanneman signature models, including a replica of his original Jackson Soloist and a limited edition "Wehrmacht" graphic model inspired by the band's song of the same name [5].


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