ESP LTD devil girl electric guitar

The LTD Devil Girl guitar has a devil girl body made from a molded plastic composite. The 24.75" scale length bolt-on neck is made from maple with a rosewood fingerboard. It has flame inlays and a tail inlay ending at the 12th fret. Hardware is black: a tune-o-matic bridge with string though body tailpiece and an EMG HZ H-4 humbucker at the bridge. Around 100 were made in total.

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Bingham Higgs Collider custom acoustic electric guitar

Tom Bingham's Higgs Collider guitar is inspired by the Victorian industrial revolution and the present day conflict between science and religion. Its a Strat neck on a Spanish guitar body, 6 string Electro/acoustic with Telecaster hardware with three way pickup selector switch.

You can see how he made it in this video:

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Cigar box ukulele that looks like a library book

Amatuer luthier Stuart Boydell from Caerphilly made his library book cigar box ukulele for the Library Wales Express Yourself competition.

The soundbox is plywood with a book cover glued on. The neck is red cherry with a rosewood fingerboard (inlaid with mother of pearl).

The instrument at the grand final held at the Welsh Assembly Government building in Cardiff, where it was played by Ruth Jones (from the Gavin & Stacy T.V. show). It won the visual art category - you can see Stuart playing it in the video below.

Höfner BAT #2237

Hofner Bat Electric guitar

The Hofner Fledermausguitarre (the Bat Guitar) was a hollow body prototype/exhibition instrument. The vaguely bat-shaped body is 2 inches deep and has an integrated 4 Watt amplifier with loudspeaker, brown suburst finished spruce top, maple sides with ventilation holes.

This was probably the first European guitar with an integrated amplifier - it preceeded the Wandre Krundaal Bikini model. The Bat Guitar was made in very limited numbers in 1960 for the Frankfurt Music Messe (costing 650 DM) but never went into full scale production (probably less than 12 were ever made).

Ice Guitar

Tilman Hoppstock playing an ice guitar

This ice guitar was made by the Ice Sculptor Tim Linhart. The picture was taken at Piteå University in Sweden where the player, Tilman Hoppstock, was a visiting professor. He recounted playing the guitar in an interview with Guitart International in 2006:


Emerald Guitars Alien Custom Electric guitar

The Alien Custom is a one-off custom made instrument, kept in the personal collection of its maker since it was built in 2006 and used as a show piece. The guitar is sculpted from carbon fibre and finished in a special chrome paint giving it a metallic look.

It sold on eBay for 7000 Euros on November 21st 2009. The sale included a laser display stand with built in lights and a motor that revolves the guitar.

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HOME MADE BASS GUITAR #Chop Shop Fantasy Bass

This a one off customised instrument, made in Holland. The owner calls it the Chop Shop Fantasy. The hardware and material specifications are typical enough, but the wings of the body have been cut-off and reattached slightly offset using metal fixings. I think it works pretty well, the central body pod reminds me of a Wandre Davoli Bikini, or of RKS guitars.


This guitar built from workshop hardware shows you can make an electric guitar out of just about anything.  The neck is a spirit level, with attached saw and hammer. Paint tins behind the body add resonant chambers. The frets look like nails and are tied on sitar-style. But electrified and played through an amplfier with a bit of delay it sounds OK.

Giant Amplifier Music Store

Southampton music shop shaped like Fender Super Champ amplifier

You can see this giant amplifier shaped music shop on Commercial road, Southampton.  It is based on a Fender Super Champ, and of course the knobs go up to 11. The giant amplifier is inhabited by resident luthier Jamie 'Razor' Goatley and his assistant Wesley. Jamie says that the red jewel light even comes on at night.


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