Before 1978, a rock guitar was any six-string that made a sexy noise through a big amp. Then Van Halen happened and the band’s guitar hooligan Eddie Van Halen changed history, heavily influencing the axes that make up this best rock guitars list.  EVH took a cheap Strat-style body and neck, chiselled in an old Gibson humbucker and yep, he changed the world. Suddenly, the rock guitar was a ‘thing’. Thanks to Eddie, the pointy, super slim-necked, jumbo fretted, bridge humbucker and Floyd Rose vibrato-loaded rock machine defined the 1980s. Only Slash and AC/DC’s Angus Young kept it old school with their vintage Gibsons. So, what camp do you conduct your hard rockin’ business out of? Here’s our pick of the best guitars for playing rock to help you decide… If you’re taken with the whole vintage thing, you can’t beat the Gibson SG Standard 2019. Lightweight with a huge tonal voice and bags of sustain, it also looks cooler than any guitar has a right to. The slim neck makes it instantly player friendly. Ditto the big frets. Modern lovers might prefer the more contemporary treasures of the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSS. The caramelised neck is super slim y...