“A collector turned up with a Cherry Red Flying V and I was like, ‘Are you sure you want to customize that?’ It was such a beautiful thing already!” Meet the English entrepreneur who covers guitars with crystals for a living

Crystal Skins
(Image credit: Crystal Skins)

Zoe Brodie-James has put a ton of glitz and glamour out into the world. Through Crystal Skins, the English entrepreneur has been customizing sparkle-heavy, crystal-emblazoned microphones, guitars and accessories for film, TV and the music business since 2002.

Her bespoke rhinestoning has been seen by millions on TV shows like The X-Factor. Right now, you can even see one of her most scintillating, shimmering mics in the hands of none other than Taylor Swift – kind of: a wax statue of the Eras phenom is currently clutching one of Brodie-James’ dazzling, Austrian crystal-adorned pieces at the Madame Tussauds museum in London.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.