The first to put the story of Hercules and the Hydra to paper was Alcaeus of Mytilene. In his version the hydra had nine heads, but you probably knew that already.
I love how the inlay extends into the sound hole and up on to the neck.
I don't know if the carved bits on the "Elena Beauty" are there for structural or aesthetic reasons but I like them in either case.
The "Kill Bill 1" was made for Billy Gibbons. I do question the naming decision. (Actually, it could stab Billy through the beard if he tripped using it on stage.)
So carry spare parts with you at all times.
Nearly all of the guitars from OD feature these interesting geometric cuts. The "Venus" is no exception.
Speaking of unusual sound holes, the "Hummocks" concept guitar pulls this off by creating little hexagon head toadstools that are glued to the back. This guitar would fit in with all manner of 70s Sci-Fi motifs.
This is a sound hole idea that I'd never seen before. I picture the sound leaking out around the edges.
It would make me very happy if the ship's wheel acted as the volume knob.
If you'd like to have a nice aluminum body guitar spoiled with the giant image of a romance novel cover, have I got the guitar for you.
Fifty brave skateboards gave their lives to make this guitar a reality.
I like the shape of the "Julia" model from Duesenberg but the pickguard looks like a countertop from a '50s diner. I feel like you couldn't play it without sharing a milkshake with a girl in a poodle skirt.
These art guitars remind me of craft kits for kids.
How could you even think about playing something that looks like it should be in the Asian Antiquities wing of a museum?
This is the most impressive guitar that I've ever seen that was inspired by an Oscar Wilde novella. Then again this was the only guitar that I've ever seen that was inspired by an Oscar Wilde novella.
The "Matador" guitar is inspired by the work of Picasso, which is obvious even to non-fine art majors like myself. Guitarists are lucky the neck isn't coming out the back or something.
At $20k, the only way you'll own the "Tree of Life" guitar is if money starts growing on them – trees, that is.
…is another man's canvas. The cigar box guitar has come a long way from its humble roots. In other news, it appears Elastigirl has dyed her hair blonde and joined the circus.
But sometimes a tool has multiple jobs, as illustrated here.
I imagine that Leo Fender may have come up with the "Teliki" guitar had he been stranded on a tropical island.
…or maybe not all that lucky, she is holding a knife.
Contrary to appearances, the "Space Wow" is a hollow body guitar.
I think these are incompatible species. The "Shark" seems to have been taking bites out of the "Dracula."
That's Jinmo himself playing the 39-fret, composite, signature Jinmoid guitar.
There's a hidden message in here somewhere, I just know it.
The "Paraffina" is a different take on the teardrop-shaped guitar with splashes at the top.
This updates the travel guitar concept with iPhone integration. You can use iPhone apps to process the guitar sound, add backing tracks (please don't), and then send all that to Bluetooth speaker.
The translucent pick guard completes this eye-assaulting ensemble.
I actually like the body shop industrial vibe of these resonators. I imagine that it would be difficult to damage one of these beasts.
Apparently the dead will never really die.
It looks like Zemaitis has started applying their gilded metal guitar aesthetic to a more traditional medium.
ESP didn't have any standout art guitars on display but the cumulative affect of all these colorful guitars did grab my attention.
Guild has reissued the classic S-200 T-Bird, which is interesting enough to catch my eye and make an appearance here.
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