Guitar Sayings and Quotes

Whether it’s the twang of country music, the rhythm of jazz, or the fuzz of rock, guitars play a pivotal role in the sound of all genres. There’s a guitar perfect for any type of music you set out to make. Rock out with the collection of wise and insightful guitar quotes below.


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

The guitar is the instrument most complete and richest in its harmonic and polyphonic possibilities.     

Manuel de Falla

Guitar is just something I can do. So much of it now is muscle memory, just instinct.     

St. Vincent

Any guitar solo should reflect the music that it's soloing over and not just be existing in its own sort of little world.     

John Frusciante

My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am.     

Joan Jett

But that guitar is the perfect companion to the human voice. You rest it against your gut, against your heart, and when you strum it the vibrations go outwards for all to hear, but the vibration also hits you on your body.     

Jason Mraz

Guitars have been the obsession of my life. I first picked one up at the age of four and Ive been a guitar junkie ever since.     

Johnny Marr

The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.     

Andres Segovia

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 guitar has a kind of grit and excitement possessed by nothing else.     

Brian May

A guitar is like an old friend that is there with me.     

B B King

His heart was like a battered guitar; worn and scuffed from a life spent out on the road, but still capable of bringing forth beautiful music.     

John Mark Green

The guitar is the easiest instrument to play and the hardest to play well.     

Andres Segovia

Guitar playing is both extremely easy for me and extremely difficult for me at the same time.     

Kirk Hammett

To me a guitar is kind of like a woman. You don't know why you like em but you do.     

Waylon Jennings

The guitar part is the pivot of everything we do, so if you change the guitar part you no longer have what it is.     

Robin Trower

A guitar is just theoretically built wrong. Each string is an interval of fourths, and then the B string is off. Theoretically, that's not right, all the strings should be off.     

Eddie Van Halen

The guitar is like a cuisine and you can't expect people to eat the same thing all the time.     

Richard Lloyd

Guitar playing is just something that came to me and is really second nature now.     

Dave Navarro

The string slices into the skin of his fingers and no matter how tough the calluses, it tears. But this beat is fast and even though his joints are aching, his arm's out of control like it has a mind of its own and the sweat that drenches his hair and face seems to smother him, but nothing's going to stop Tom. He's aiming for oblivion.     

Melina Marchetta

The guitar is a wonderful instrument which is understood by few.     

Franz Schubert

The guitar was my weapon, my shield to hide behind.     

Brian May

With a guitar I would be able to express the things I felt in sounds.     

William Christopher Handy

A guitar riff played on a piano doesn't come close to the purity of it being played on a guitar but I faked it enough to get by.     

Barry Mann

The guitar I now have is permanently out in my house, which my wife loves. But now my kids are interested in it. They definitely thought the old man was much cooler once I started playing again.     

Michael Bland Wife

I think a guitar solo is how my emotion is most freely released, because verbal articulation isn't my strongest communication strength. My wife thinks that I should do interviews by listening to the questions and playing the answer on guitar.     

David Gilmour

The guitar is something you kind of embrace, and the piano is something you kind of when you play it, you sort of push it away. It feels very different.     

Nick Cave

But the guitar, when you think about it, is the most versatile, really. I mean you can pick it up and take it with you wherever you go.     

Eric Clapton

The guitar is a meditative tool to touch God and find love within yourself.     

Pepe Romero

The guitar is your first wings. It's assigned and designed to unfold your vision and imagination.     

Carlos Santana