Did Keanu Reeves just reveal the Bill & Ted reboot’s excellent new electric guitar?

Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves and Andrew Autin pose with custom Charvel San Dimas Pro Mod electric guitar
(Image credit: Instagram)

You’ve surely heard the triumphant news that Generation X icons Bill & Ted are returning for a third film, in which the electric guitar will surely feature heavily, and now it seems one of the movie’s central axes may have been revealed.

A now-deleted photo on Instagram finds the movie’s stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in possession of a Charvel electric with a most bodacious finish indeed.

The shot of the glitter silver flake sparkle SuperStrat was shared by New Orleans guitarist Andrew Autin, who gave the boys a crash course in on-camera shred, before sharing a quick video that showed off the guitar’s resplendent finish.

Bling!!! MoJEAUX

A photo posted by @mojeauxnola on Aug 16, 2019 at 6:13am PDT

Reeves is an accomplished bassist in real life, of course, having played in LA alternative-rock band Dogstar during the ’90s and ’00s, so we imagine he didn’t need too much tutelage to deliver some excellent solos.

Notably, the Charvel in question is a San Dimas Pro Mod - that’s particularly pertinent since it’s where Bill and Ted attended high school (or at least they did when they weren’t bunking off to hone the musical stylings of the Wyld Stallyns). Surely that’s no coincidence...

The plot of next year’s Bill & Ted Face The Music centers around the titular duo’s quest to write a song that will save the universe - could this Charvel be the vehicle to help them do just that?

We’ll find out when the film is released in August 2020 - until then, be excellent to each other.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.