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Double Neck Acoustic

And now for something completely different… I've seen quite a few multi-necked guitars but this is the first one I've seen with a neck on either side.

L. Benito, USA
P.O. Box 750369
New Orleans, LA 70175
(225) 218-0191
www.lbenitousa.com

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Pirate Dogs &
Trailer Trash Pigs

The artwork on these two guitars both had different images on the front and back. The back of the pig guitar pretty well leaves me speechless

AOFA Group
1802 Room, No 17 A Bldg.
Fangchengyuan, 1 Block
Fengtai District, Beijing China 100078
(86) 10 58076339
www.aofafactory.com

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Dimebag Darrel Tribute

Dean Guitars is involved with an art project/tribute to Dimebag Darrell. The exhibit will be touring the country and the guitars will then be auctioned off to raise money for music education.

Armadillo Enterprises, Inc.
4924 West Waters Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33634
(813) 600-3920
www.deanguitars.com/sixstringmp

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Rambler Resonator

Big Heart sells these resonator guitars made by Larry Pogreba that use actual hubcaps in their construction.

BigHeart Slide Company
1058 East First St., Studio #003
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 547-1974
www.bigheartslide.com

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Nightmares in Wood

These look like they should be characters in some horror flick. I can only imagine how much time these take to carve.

Halo Guitars
(408) 873-8606
www.haloguitars.com

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Mirrored Flames

This year Minarik was showing a broken mirror version of their Inferno guitar.

Minarik Guitars
413 Ross Street
Glendale, CA 91207
(818) 243-3733
www.minarikguitars.com

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Dip Into DiPinto

DiPinto was displaying the Africa-shaped guitar that the Live Aid 8 people comissioned them to make. They didn't do the serpentine neck though. I was also quite taken by the round rocker switches on their Galaxie 4 guitar. They are a perfect match for the metalflake finish.

DiPinto Guitars
P.O. Box 29453
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-7805
www.dipintoguitars.com

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Alien Headless Guitar

Even though this looks like some sort of special 3-D process it's just a very well executed airbrush job.

Custom Luthier
558 Castle Pines Parkway
Unit B4, Ste 197
Castle Rock, CO 80108
(303) 663-2105
www.customluthier.com
www.reithguitars.com

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Face Off

A slight change of angle and the scary looking guy turns into an even scarier skeleton. This guitar is only recommended for really scary bands.

Check out my Cracker Jack Collection to see other like-minded products.

California Guitars
(661) 255-3435
www.californiaguitars.com

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Pricey Pair

Mad Professor Amps had one of their amps and a matching guitar from Ruokangas on display. The pair sells for a mere $36,000.

Mad Professor Amplifications
Neulaspolku 3
35100 Orivesi Finland
+358 3334 6669
www.mpamp.com

 

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Strumming Nemo

Clownfish or goldfish with a built-in amplifier? Now that's a tough decision.

Goldfish Guitars
(281) 381-7230
www.goldfishguitars.com

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Vampira Lives

For a mainstream company, Schecter seems to always find a way to make the Oddities. This tribute to 50s TV horror movie hostess Vampira is a prime example of their offbeat take. There must be a serious horror buff at Schecter because they had a Dawn of the Dead guitar at NAMM back in 2002.

Schecter Guitar Research
1840 Valpreda St.
Burbank, CA 91504
(818) 846-2700
www.schecterguitars.com

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Karendola & Sliding Pickup Bass

The Karendola is a mandolin of sorts but it's only got three doubled strings. The 6-string fretless bass has an interesting feature with it's sliding pickup. Walk on Water has some other Oddities entries on the Instruments page.

Walk On Water Musical Instruments
210 W. 2nd St.
Pueblo, CO 81003
(719) 542-6516
www.wowmusicalinstruments.com

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The Delta Wing

Gary Kramer, the founder of Kramer Guitars, is out on his own again and doing interesting things.

Gary Kramer Guitar
741 Lairport St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 335-5248
www.garykramerguitar.com

 

Pin-up Guitar

Clayton was displaying this custom guitar to promote their Playboy-licensed picks and straps. It looks like they try to cover al the bases because they also have a Christian line of picks sporting Jesus, an angel, a cross, and a crown of thorns.

Steve Clayton, Inc.
201 Rogue River Parkway
Talent, OR 97540
(877) 752-9484
www.steveclayton.com

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Engraved Guitar

Modelled after the work of British luthier Tony Zemaitis, this company is producing some gorgeous engraved guitars.

Zemantis International
2-11-5 Kaji-cho Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan 101-0044
81-52-953-9351
www.zemaitis.net

 

Translucent Lap Steel

What would the NAMM Oddities be without some sort of translucent instrument to feature? I don't believe I've seen a lap steel done up before.

Guahgzhou Sunpost
Musical Instrument Co., Ltd.
2nd Floor, No 177 West Huang Pu Ave.
Guanggzhou, China 510620
86-20-87583026
www.gzsunpost.com

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Liramay Bass

If batman were to make a bass, it would be shaped like this. It would be black, but it'd still be shaped like this.

Mike Curry Guitars and Basses
(323) 850-2579
www.mikecurryguitars.com

 

Metal Faced Guitar

This guitar had an interesting metal face with ridges.

California Guitars
(661) 255-3435
www.californiaguitars.com

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Shark Guitar

I normally wouldn't post such a blurry picture in the Oddities but this was just too good to pass up.

Bridgecraft USA
8435 Eastern Ave.
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(562) 334-1888
www.bridgecraftusa.com

 

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