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Weird sound generator guitar

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Dan Wagoner modified his first guitar (a Fender stratocaster) to include a weird sound generator analogue synth. The synth control knobs protrude from a hand made pick guard made from a motherboard. Three switches have been mounted in the fingerboard. This instrument liberates the synth player, allowing them to assume outrageous poses previously reserved for guitarists. The downside is there are no strings.

Link: Dan-Wagoner Guitar Synth Mod.

ESP Samurai Kyomoto Special

ESP Samurai Kyomoto Special Electric guitar

The ESP Samurai Kyomoto Special is a custom series instrument, not on general sale.The body is alder with cast material used for the whacky appendages. The short scale neck is maple with a 22 fret ebony fingerboard and a carbon nut. The body is a mosaic of various themed areas, a rhinestone white fabric area, a three eyeball locust genetic experiment and a real Samurai sword (which can be drawn and wielded if things start going wrong at e open mic night).

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Hoverbucker

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The Hoverbucker is a creation of Ronnie Hinton and Daniel Diaz Brauch which started out as a Squier Bullet stratocaster . They took the middle pickup and mounted it over the neck pickup, to give a sound like a humbucker. It is mounted upside down, with the top facing the strings. I don't know what the phase relationship with the neck pickup would be: the middle pickup is usually wound out of phase with the neck, but by mounting it like this the signals from the pickups would be exactly out of phase too.

Giant metal guitar

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Mike Shubic worked in marketing for 16 years, then one day he decided to quit the day job to make and sell outdoor sculptures. This giant guitar is one of his creations: it measures 12 feet by 4 feet (although he can make it to any size). It is made from metal, and Mike says it can actually be played. It is still available for sale for $6500.

Drapery guitar

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Tear down those curtains and make me a guitar! Browsing Etsy again I found this one-off electric guitar said to have a strat look and telecaster sound. The unique selling point is the drapery finish: covered in curtains its the 21st century Floral Jem. From the picture it doesn't look like the fabric is sealed: I hope its not dry-clean-only!

The Alumitar

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The Alumitar was created by Paul Rubenstein. Imagine a guitar neck with no back, the curve of the fretboard going all the way around, now take away the frets and you have the Alumitar. It looks like it is made from an aluminium tube, it has 10 strings evenly spaced around the outside of the tube.

TEUFFEL BIRDFISH

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The birdfish is an extrodinary instrument, representing a fresh look a guitar design. It is perhaps one of the most adjustable designs out there, you can tweak almost anything about the design: the components are bolted onto a central metal frame and can easily be swapped. On this guitar you can change the pickups without even having to take the strings off!

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WRECK-N-ROLL

Wreck-N-Roll is a small custom builder making unusual upright basses since the mid 1990s. The basses use motorcycle gas-tanks for the bodies. Some have flashing headlights.

Their basses have been played by the following Californian bands: Buddys Riot, Green Means Go, Lee Maverick bandand NickelAliens.

The Swiss Army Bass

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This is the musical equivalent of the Swiss Army Knife (the knife with a blade or tool for every occasion). It is the child of an unnatural coupling between an Ibanez destroyer 2 bass and a Yamaha KX-5 midi controller keyboard during the early 90s (those were crazy times - we all did things we would rather forget).

NAMM 2008 bizarre guitars

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While attending the NAMM show over the last 10 years, Barry Wood noticed that many unusual products from the small independent companies were stashed away in side rooms and never seen by the mainstream visitor. Every year, like some modern day Indiana Jones, Barry hunts down these treasures in the darkened tunnels of the winter NAMM exhibition. Then, through his website, he exhibits them for the entertainment, enlightment and sometimes pity of the general public.

You can browse though his selection of this years oddities at The Other Room.

Football Helmet Guitar

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NEO products unveiled this football helmet shaped guitar at NAMM 2008. The body of the guitar is basswood, the neck maple and the fingerboard is rosewood. It has a single humbucker with volume and tone controls. The bridge is fixed. It has a built-in amplifier with a 2.5" speaker so you can take it along to the game. It comes in 12 colors, so you should be able to match your favourite team (especially if you customise it with a decal of your team logo).The face mask is removable and you can interchange any of the 5 included face masks.

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ESP ANGEL SWORD

ESP ANGEL SWORD custom guitar made for Takamizawa

This guitar was custom made by ESP for Takamizawa, the guitar player from Japanese rock band The Alfee. It has a Steinberger style bridge with tuners. Single humbucking pickup, marked Takamizawa custom. Carved bird/angel shaped body. Headless bolt-on neck is shaped to look like a sword, and has a locking nut. An inscription in the sword handle reads "20th Anniversary. The Alfee. Since 1972 - '93".  This suggests it was made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the band formed by Takamizawa and 3 friends.

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BASONE SMOKERS DELIGHT

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The Basone Smoker's Delight is a custom guitar, with a cannabis leaf shaped bookmatched quilted maple body. Scale length is 25.5 inches. The bolt on neck is one piece maple, with 23 fret ebony fingerboard. It has an abalone cannabis leaf inlay on the first fret and a joint inlaid at the 12th fret. Headstock veneer and cavity covers are made from koa. Finish is emerald green. The single humbucker pickup is controlled by one volume, one tone and a kill switch.

Recommended price is $3000 Canadian dollars.

Photo is from http://www.basoneguitars.com/products.htm

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