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Norton Guitars

Guitars made of untraditional materials abounded this year but I did notice that there was more innovation going on. Last year there were a number of metal body guitars but they were generally just metal versions of wooden guitar. The Norton guitars feature hinged wings and pickups that can be moved to different positions.

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Norton Guitars
103 East Main Street
Belgrade, MT 59714
(406) 388-9191


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Teuffel Electric Guitars

Here's Germany's entry into the "very different guitar" category. Instead of anything resembling a body, the birdfish guitar is made of sparse metal pieces and a pair of cylindrical resonators. Each guitar comes with four different resonators and five different pickups. Order fast, they're only making 500 of these babies.

Salwender International
1140 N. Lemon, suite M
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 538-1285


Pignose Guitars

This little acrylic body guitar has a built-in amplifier. You can get them in "Windex Blue", "Anti Freeze Green" and "Popsicle Red". This would be a nice companion piece for your new iMac.

Pignose Industries
400 W. Alondra
Gardena, CA 90248
(323) 770-4444

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B. C. Rich Guitars

Not to be outdone, B. C. Rich had their own acrylic guitars at the show. Unlike the Pignose guitars these were full size guitars sans the amp… not Sans Amp like from Tech-21, I simply mean that they don't have an amp built in but you can probably see that for yourself.

B.C. Rich Guitars Intl., Inc.
17205 Eucalyptus #B-5
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 956-1599


Moses, Inc.

Moses is known for making graphite necks but they also have their own bass that they call the Vertical Jump Bass. This instrument can be played in a horizontal or vertical position. The curved wooden piece will pivot and then lock into place.

Moses Graphite
32591 Fox Hollow Rd.
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 484-6068

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Ed Roman World Class Guitars

This is a wonderfully macabre guitar, I'd like to see this guy collaborate with H. R. Giger (you know, the guy who designed the "Alien") on a guitar. It looks like this is only one of an incredible number of guitars that you can find on the Ed Roman web site. I imagine that if you're a guitar player you've probably heard of his web site.

Ed Roman
(203) 746-4995



Last year these guys won a spot on the Oddities by showing their nine string bass. I had to see what they had to offer this year and I wasn't disappointed. What we have here is a fifteen string guitar, a five-string with each string tripled ala Cheap Trick's bassists axe.

Warrior Instruments
93 Direct Connection Drive
Rossville, GA 30741
(706) 891-3009

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Andreas Guitars

Here is one of the "Shark" line of guitars from Andreas. All of their guitars have aluminum fretboards similar to the Vigier guitars.

Andreas Guitars Produktion GMBH
A-9843 Grosskirchheim Dollach 41
+43 (0) 4 82 52 00 41


Azola Basses

I thought these were unique looking acoustic basses. Pictured here are the "Jazzman" model (L) and the "Deco Bass" (R).

Azola Basses
P.O. Box 1510
Ramona, CA 92065
(760) 789-8581

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James Trussart Custom Guitars

Here is the final entry in the metal guitar category. Shown here is the simple chrome version of his guitars, he has a number of distressed finishes available that look pretty cool as well.

James Trussart Custom Guitars
1307 Allessandro street
Los Angeles, CA. 90026
(213) 989-1554


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Instruments section, this year they are largely guitar-related.

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