Shakira stunned the Super Bowl with a Swarovski crystal Gibson Firebird - but she has a surprising history of dazzling custom guitars

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Shakira gave an electrifying performance at this year's Super Bowl halftime show, delivering hits including She Wolf, Empire, Hips Don't Lie and a finale of Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) alongside co-headliner Jennifer Lopez. The set even included a short section of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir.

But perhaps the biggest star of the show for us guitarists, was the Swarovski crystal-encrusted Gibson Firebird electric guitar that the multi-Grammy award-winning Colombian star played during the set. Featuring 70,000 hematite crystals, the guitar successfully reflected the dazzling and vibrant celebration of Latin music and showmanship.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.