Through his career, Frank Zappa's approach to gear was as multifaceted and idiosnycratic as the many musical styles he explored. In the '70s, he most notably used heavily modded Gibsons such as the SG Special, dabbled with Hagstrom 12-strings and later, a Strat-style axe with a Floyd Rose made by Performance Guitar. For amps, he relied on 100 watt Marshalls for most of his touring needs but was also known to play through small format Pignose combos as well as amps from Acoustic, Orange, and Carvin. In the studio and onstage, his rigs included such effects as the Mu-tron Bi-phase as well as an array of wah pedals such as the classic Cry Baby.

For more info on Zappa's gear and to learn a few key Zappa-esque riffs, check out Riffs in the Key of Frank Zappa.