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From Big Foot to Big Guns, 10 Unusual Guitar Designs

The Stratocaster, the Telecaster and the Les Paul were all designed in the 1950s -- yet the shapes of these guitars have stuck around, and they're certainly not going away anytime soon.

Still, 1951, the year the Tele was born, was 60 years ago. So we can't blame creative people for trying to come up with new ideas.

Designers all over the world have designed various models, some of them appealing in looks, others enticing the users and the audience with their features. Following are some of the unique and interesting guitar design-concepts that may not be practical to play but are fun to look at.

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.