Allan's first guitar was a Hofner President. Allan owned a Fender Stratocaster in the early years, one he got from a friend. He used it for about 6 months. Later in his career he experimented with Strats again (with Humbucker pickups). Then he started playing on a Gibson SG. He owned 3 of them and used them for about a decade. He played on an SG in Tony Williams's Lifetime band. In 1972 Allan Holdsworth recorded with a Gibson ES-335. He played Charvel guitars for a while. Allan experimented with a Chapman Stick (one without bass strings).