When it comes to guitars, there are thousands of models to choose from. And yet, some custom guitar makers are still able to stand out from the crowd.
As we ponder the idea of upgrading our roster of guitars, we’re looking at some of the most insane guitars we could find… and we weren’t disappointed.
Here are the top 10:
10. The Guitar Made of Lego
Don’t step on this guitar in the middle of the night… you’ll regret it.
9. ZZ Top’s Furry Spinning Guitars
(Image via Dean Zelinsky)
The infamous spinning guitars in ZZ Top’s “Legs” video were made by Dean Zelinsky. In his words:
” I’m sending you some sheepskins I purchased while in Scotland, I want you to put them on some guitars…”
– Billy Gibbons
Zelinsky ‘cleared a path down the center with an electric horse sheers to accept the pickups, tailpiece and strings.’ He was still gluing on the sheepskin on when the FedEx guys arrived to pick-up the guitars for a ZZ Top concert the next day. Luckily, they patiently waited, and the guitar and bass were delivered on time.
8. The Steam Punk Guitar
(Image via Thunder Eagle Guitars)
Thunder Eagle Guitars got geeky for its Villanizer, which started as a Jackson Rhoads V, and was reformed to the Villanizer. From a custom designed gauge to copper guilding, there’s tons of impressive handiwork done to transform this instrument.
7. The Bahamut Guitar
(Image via Emerald Guitars)
Emerald Guitars pulled out all the stops to bring this masterpiece to life:
Early one Friday morning June 20, 2008 I got a call from a guy in Taiwan and he mentioned he had been trying to get hold of me, but he had the wrong e-mail address. He was looking for a guitar for his boss Wang Leehom, a name that didn’t mean anything to me at that time.
The tour started in September so he needed the guitar in August so we had a maximum of six weeks to complete what was going to be the most complex guitar of my career. I was excited but a little nervous at what it was going to take to pull this off.
Luckily, they pulled it off with flying colours.
6. Steve Vai’s Heart Guitar
(Image via EquipBoard)
It’s hard to miss this pink instrument from the back row! Steve Vai’s Heart Guitar was first spotted in a David Lee Roth video. Its 12-string neck on one side and two 6-string necks on the other fight for your attention.
We wonder how easy it is to play, but a pro like Vai makes it look effortless.
5. St. Vincent’s Custom Ernie Ball Guitar
(Image via Ernie Ball)
St. Vincent’s custom made guitar by Ernie Ball became so popular, it’s now available in five different colours. The unconventional shape was inspired by St. Vincent’s desire to have a guitar that fit her body and hands better. One of the less weird ones on the list, but it’s still a neck-turner.
4. A Guitar Made Into An AK-47
Jimmy Diresta took an axe and turned it into a real weapon: a gun. Nice work!
3. The Guitar a Legend of Zelda Fan Would Love
(Image via Jackson Guitars)
This instrument takes inspiration from the “Guitar of Waves” featured in the video game The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Dan Lawrence of Jackson’s Custom Shop is behind this 7-string dream!
2. The Wood-Carved Country Guitar
(Image via Reverb)
The curves are mind-bending on this guitar. And it’s only $1700CAD on Reverb!
1. The 42-String Pikasso
(Image via Manzer)
What’s better than one neck? How about four? This custom creation by Manzer guitars came about because of the limitations on many guitars of the ’80s:
In 1984 Pat Metheny asked me to design and build a guitar with “as many strings as possible.” The resulting collaboration was the Pikasso guitar. In 1992 I was asked by the late Scott Chinery to build a strictly acoustic version of Metheny’s Pikasso. Thus, Pikasso II. This second Pikasso was recently on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in a show called “Dangerous Curves”.
– Linda Manzer
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