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Take a Look at Cynosure's Wild New Judas Priest Custom Guitars

(Image credit: musicradar.com)

As first reported by our pals at Music Radar, Cynosure has unveiled two new Judas Priest-themed guitars for exhibition at the Bloodstock Festival's RAM gallery; the British Steel and Angel V.

The guitars will be part of a dedicated Judas Priest wall at the RAM gallery in honor of the band, who are headlining the British festival's first night. The Bloodstock Festival takes place on August 9-12 2018 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, and features headliners Judas Priest, Gojira and Nightwish.

Cynosure British Steel

Cynosure British Steel (Image credit: musicradar.com)

The British Steel model—inspired by Judas Priest's 1980 album of the same name—features a light maple body with a striated neck, a zebrawood fretboard with hand-cut razorblade inlays.

As for its more unorthodox features, the British Steel also has a three-dimensional hand brandishing a fist-sized razorblade. As for its sound, according to Cynosure, "This beast absolutely screams!" "Like a song-laden siren enchanting hypnotised sailors to an untimely death," he continued. "Comfortable, yet ferocious!”

You can watch a video documenting the British Steel's creation below.

Cynosure Angel V

Cynosure Angel V (Image credit: musicradar.com)

The Angel V—which was inspired by the Priest albums Painkiller and Angel of Retribution—features a black walnut body, a streamlined neck striated with cumaru and maple woods, a tremolo bridge and a wenge fretboard.

Of course, the guitar also features carved wooden feathers and a circular saw blade, plus a large JP 'trident' logo hand-cut from zebrawood.

Cynosure said the guitar was inspired by "Themes of duality, such as real/manufactured, new/old, advanced/primitive, dead/alive." You can watch a video documenting its creation below.

For more on Cynosure, head on over to cynosureguitars.com.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.