There's something about the juxtaposition of precision and nature that appeals to me in these guitars.
Omer Deutsch is very particular about making guitars that resonate properly and these geometric cut outs all serve that end.
I don't expect that this guitar sounds quite like the ones above but I'm sure it was fun to make. It's also the one guitar you can smash on stage and put back together afterward.
The necks on these are identical and are set up for tapping. I suppose if a person was dexterous enough they could sound like Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp simultaneously, but that's a pretty tall order.
I was hoping that the paint would be applied directly to the guitars, but it's accomplished by another process after the artwork is created. You'll still have a one-of-a-kind guitar when you're done.
When I saw this extravagant carved guitar I thought it was Cerberus, but it appears to to have just a pair of heads. Just as well; it'd be tricky enough to play as it is without adding a third head somewhere.
Adriano Sérgio makes some striking guitars. I like the vaguely Picasso-like angular lines couopled with the voluptuous curves.
With as many necks as this thing has, for the love of God, don't cut off one of them lest two grow back in its place.
BTW, this has a 7-string, 12-string (fretless past 8th fret), bass (lower two strings fretless), harp strings, and some sort of megaphone mic.
Not the guitar for people who suffer from trypophobia but for those who aren't sent down a torturous mental sinkhole of queasy, disgusted panic… it's just damn cool.
You can't accuse Michael Spalt of churning out the same old thing all the time. Pretty much every guitar I've seen from him falls into the category of "Nope, that has never existed before."
Minarik worked in images from most of the segments of the classic film. IYKYK
If you've got an interestingly-shaped hollow body guitar with a semi-scalloped fretboard, your only choice in a case would have to be this hard shell with a custom paint job.
And it's just as "invisible."
In addition to being strikingly beautiful, this would seem to be an easy guitar to tune since it would be difficult to lose track of which tuning peg to turn.
I had to shoot a video to properly convey all the cool, trippy aspects of this combination wood-and-resin guitar.
In truth, I actually kind of like the finishes on these guitars, but I've just always wanted to use that Burt Reynolds line from "The End."
The guitars shown are the Pink Panther and one from the Motor City Collection.
I've got to give Minarik props for presentation here. That frame is as epic as the Haunted Mansion guitar.
This svelte solid body resonator actually produced a pretty decent acoustic sound.
If I were playing at a tiki bar I'd be concerned that I'd accidentally leave this guitar behind because of its natural camouflage in that environment.
This is what happens when a sculptor dips their toes into the world of luthiery. In this case you can definitely see the through-line of Nicholas Hernandez' sculpture and his instruments.
This is one of the most forearm-friendly guitars I've come across.
When I saw this I knew I'd have to make some reference to dominos, but then I found out it's called the Domino Resonator. So if this blurb is boring, blame Robert Robinson for taking my bit. (I kid.)
The sparkles on the guitar represent the stars as seen from New York City on Nov 6, 1833 when C. F. Martin Sr arrived there with his family. The pick guard is etched with the Manhattan street map of that era.
Every year, ESP has multiple Oddity-worthy guitars on display. Their streak, as of this year, was unbroken.
After seeing so many outrageous guitars, sometimes the simple and stylish can catch my eye.
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