The most impressive aspect of this guitar to me was that the ten-key pad let you program the dates on the LEDs.
The Hobo Dogma guitar (and its matching amp) are made with actual deer hide. That's what I'm imagining that deer-that's-not-Bambi-for-trademark-purposes is reacting to.
At $1.2M, this poster child for conspicuous consumption sports actual diamonds, rubies, and 24k gold, and comes with an actual limited edition Fabergé egg.
I'm curious if it took longer to create the guitar or its setting. In any case, the accompanying art is almost as impressive as the guitar it houses.
Once again, "Heaven & Hell - Chapter Two" (subtitled "bliss and donuts on wood"), is an impressive piece of art meant to hold up a guitar.
If you're not averse to lying, you could take this guitar on "Antiques Roadshow" with a story about your troubador grandfather and see what they'd say.
I'd seen this float by on social media but I finally got to experience it firsthand. Their creator originally made guitars out of the classic Millenium Falcon toys, but so many people asked for a rebel bass that he finally acquiesced and a meme was born.
McSwain needs to license artwork from Fallout for a series of guitars. They've nailed the kitschy mid-century art aesthetic.
This looks something like a classic wargame map.
ESP is really exploring the hexagon motif this year.
Vikings would most most definitely get their guitars from a luthier named Örn.
Apparently there's a Zep theme developing here.
Yeah, definitely a Zep theme.
Frankenstein? Steampunk? Post Apoc? The basement water heater in a really old apartment building?
While on a stand, the fish looks like it's quietly swimming. While you're playing it will look as if it's leaping from the water.
This is one of the most mesmerizing guitars I've ever laid eyes on.
I was drawn to the artwork in their booth but I do really like the whole aesthetic.
And from the best Star Trek film, "I'll chase him 'round the Outer Nebula and 'round Antares Maelstrom and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up!"
If you've got a bridge screw piercing your eyeball you've got every right to have as many cows as you like.
This looks as if it could have been hewn from the ancient trees of Lothlórien.
I expect to see Gandalf and the Balrog falling into the soundhole chasm on this guitar. (If you're rolling your eyes at this fantasy nerd-fest, just keep scrolling. It gets better from here.)
I've got my suspicions that Paoletti had some childhood trauma that resulted in a deep-seated grudge against cows.
Ciari introduced their folding guitars last year and this year they've provided transportation.
The "Stratocaster 1" by Ron Thorn borrows from the Formula 1 world of sleek styling and carbon fiber. At $33,000, it also borrows its price tag.
The finish on these guitars make them look as though they're carved from blocks of marble. Luckily for your back, they're not. Their signature skull graphic on the backside of the headstock is a nice touch.
Was the body style a coincidence? I think not.
With this guitar you could really blow away your audience. Alternatively, you could bomb.
This needs to be played on stage with the blasting powder can guitar above.
I saw these highly customizable guitars in 2007. They added an outstanding finish to this one.
The process used to create this guitar finish is very similar to the one used to do paper marbling.
The Steely Caribbean Burst finish is actually quite refreshing.
This guitar sports a classy Art Deco motif, but overall the guitar has a clean modern vibe.
This one feels like it was decorated by a mid-century illustrator.
I'm taking a wild guess that since Finbenare is based in Budapest that the avian eye on this guitar is a reference to Turul.
This doesn't have an overt Norse feel, so it might refer to any one of many tree of life myths.
This exquisite guitar looks like it would have been far easier to make from clay than wood.
Minarik almost always has some over-the-top art guitar at NAMM. This year's addition was downright sedate by their standards.
This seems fitting; becoming a musician is enough of a gamble, you might as well have it represented on your guitar.
This looks like a trustworthy fellow. If you're playing close attention you'll notice that this is the second guitar in a row with a die as a volume knob, from unrelated companies.
I would have expected more of a '60s go-go dancer on a guitar with an LSD-inspired finish. The entire effect is a bit like Busby Berkeley on acid.
"I left you alone for two minutes and you scrawled all over that guitar!"
I wonder if Kirk had this guitar commissioned to get in touch with Cliff?
A snake, a snake. Snaaake! A snaaaake. Oooh, it's a snake.
I almost missed these guys because all of the cool stuff is on the inside. This guitar allows you to change the action on the fly, it's got a lightweight bracing system, and a unique bridge design.
If explosive powder isn't enough, you ought to be satisfied with a nuke. I'm not quite sure what this army mummy is up to outside of the desert base for the United Nations but it's nothing good.
They're not exactly "Persian Pickles" but close enough for my purposes.
In naming their instruments the Poputar and Populele, I think that PopuMusic may have an unhealthy obsession with popularity.
The lighted frets are kind of cool when you couple them with their music learning app.
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