Some bands — like Gwar or Ghost B.C., for example — don't need scary gear to be scary. That said, if they were wielding any of the axes featured in this photo gallery, well, let's just say it wouldn't hurt.
Dr. Evil may have never gotten his sharks with “frickin’ laser beams,” but Taiwanese rock god Leehom Wang had no such problem when he asked Irish luthier Alistair Hay of Emerald Guitars to create the Bahamut, a guitar in the shape of a metallic dragon, complete with laser eyes.
While eight-string solidbody electric guitars haven’t yet matched the popularity of their seven-string counterparts, a growing number of companies have developed eight-string models since the first mass-produced eight-string guitars hit the market in 2007.
With its staggering selection of seven-string, eight-string and baritone guitars, Schecter has become a leading source of alternative instruments that fall between the standard six-string guitar and four-string bass.
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For inlay work, builders often use all kinds of exotic materials, including shells, hardwoods, semiprecious stones and precious metals. When building his Dueling Dragons guitar, luthier Virgil Mandanici of Virgil Guitars utilized all of the above, but he also incorporated two more unusual materials: teeth from prehistoric sharks, for the dragons’ teeth and claws, and puppy teeth, for the dragons’ horns.