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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
I found this one while browsing Guitar Blog , a fertile source for lovers of weird and bizarre guitars. This is a one-off concrete bodied guitar made by Parker Sloan. He made the body himself, by casting the body in a mold. The neck and other parts are from Warmoth. The whole thing weighs 7.5 lbs. Parker is pleased with the tone, a unique sound with surpirsing resonance.
The Pikasso I, is a custom-made instrument created for Pat Methney by Linda Manzer. It has 42-strings and three necks. Its name is inspired by the paintings of Pablo Picasso, where multiple views of objects overlap simultaneously in the cubist style.
It can be heard on Methney's recording of "Into the Dream" and on the albums Quartet, Imaginary Day, Jim Hall & Pat Metheny, Trio->Live, and Metheny Mehldau Quartet, his 2007 second collaboration with pianist Brad Mehldau. The guitar can also be seen on the Speaking of Now Live and Imaginary Day DVDs.
This is a striking 2 string fretless bass from Atlansia. It would make a good travel instrument as it folds to only 8cm wide by 6.5cm thick (although it is 101 cm long). The body and neck are a single piece of maple, with a folding maple strap supporter.
The hardware is innovative, as you would expect with an instrument from N. Hayashi. The string nut is a Hayashi patented adjustable type, the bass has combined tailpiece+tuners (see photo) desigined by Wilkson and Hayashi. The pickups are ATLANSIA ARSX2, individual click and turn pickups that go in like a lightbulb.
This video shows how Carlos Vamos incorporated an Alesis AirFX into a specially designed guitar body. The AirFX is an effects unit that connects to any line-level sound source. You control the effects unit by moving you hand over the black circular bit ( which senses the movement of your hand within an invisible 3D sphere). You can move in any direction to modify the effect number of ways. OK, so you could do this with a foot pedal but where's the fun in that?
Although these may be 10 years old now, bizarre guitars never go out of fashion here at guitar-list. Barry Wood, of the website "The Other Room" put together a page of oddities from the NAMM music show in 1998. You have Jackson car and Star Trek guitars, as well as fan-fretted and fretless models. There is also a Lindert baritone guitar, check out the thumbs-up logo.
This guitar is shaped like a toilet seat. The pickup is mounted on a floating turd, so you really will be playing a piece of crap. The strap looks like a roll of toilet paper.
Remember to wash your hands after playing it.