Paoletti and Guns N' Roses' Richard Fortus announce the Richard Fortus Signature #2

(Image credit: courtesy of Paoletti Guitars)

Italian builder Paoletti Guitars has announced the Richard Fortus Signature #2, the company's - you guessed it - second electric guitar collaboration with Guns N’ Roses' Richard Fortus.

Like all of Paoletti’s models, the new guitar boasts a body made of chestnut wood reclaimed from 130 to 150-year-old wine barrels - which, in addition to looking pretty cool, offers unique tonal qualities, according to company founder Fabrizio Paoletti.

“Chestnut is alive - it breathes,” he told Guitar Player (opens in new tab). “It’s a wood that brings a high number of harmonics, which I think is something that is very important, and it is also the king of sustain. There is a focus on middle-bass frequencies, but the tone is also malleable, depending on the other woods used in the guitar.”

(Image credit: courtesy of Paoletti Guitars)

In addition to that very old and very alive body wood, the single-cut model features a roasted Canadian maple neck, an aged nickel pickguard, a white croc pattern Italian leather top and a 4tus logo laser-engraved on the headstock. 

There’s also a pair of patented handmade pickups with custom electronics personally designed by the Gn'R guitarist, who explains, “the reverse angle on the tele bridge pickup gives the low end more attack and clarity where the top strings are warmer.”

For more information on the Richard Fortus Signature #2, head to Paoletti Guitars (opens in new tab).

(Image credit: courtesy of Paoletti Guitars)

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.