Top 10 Weirdest Custom Guitars — Photo Gallery
Most guitarists at one point or another in their development have gone through some sort of “I want a custom guitar” phase.
Whether it’s a funky paint job or a radical new shape, a custom ax presents the opportunity to express yourself. Or, in the opinion of some, the opportunity to say, “Hey, look at me, I’m a horse’s arse!”
Here, we celebrate 10 such opportunities. We’ll let you categorize them as you see fit.
10. Les Paul’s “The Log” - Les Paul’s original “Log” was a 4x4 block of wood with strings, and it went over with the audience, well, like a log. So he added traditional sides to it, and electric guitar was transformed forever.
09. Prince’s “Love” Guitar - The “Instrument Formerly Known as Guitar.”
08. Uli Jon Roth’s “Sky Guitar” - Sure, it’s shape, paint job, and six-octave range combine to scream “pretentious,” but Uli makes it sound simply jim-dandy.
07. ZZ Top’s Spinning Fur Guitars - Little did you know that the “F” in Billy F. Gibbons stands for “Furry.”
06. Bo Diddley's Square-Body - When you consider that Bo Diddley was instrumental in defining the sound of rock ’n’ roll, it makes his choice of axe a little less, um, “square.”
05. Steve Vai's Heart-Shaped Triple-Neck - Who says shredders don’t play with heart?
04. Linda Manzer Pikasso guitar - You think playing it would be the biggest challenge, right? Yeah, try tuning it!
03. Michael Batio's Quad-Neck - You ask, “Why?” We say, “Because he can.”
02. Rick Nielsen's “Uncle Dick” - Nielsen’s five-neck Hamer may be ridiculous, but this is just plain “Dick-ulous.”
01. Charlie Deal’s Toilet Seat guitar - Excuse me. I suddenly feel the need to read a newspaper.