“A truly inspired work of playable art”: Meet the El Bonneville, a guitar inspired by a vintage “hot rod masterpiece” from 1934

V8 Custom Guitars El Bonneville
(Image credit: V8 Custom Guitars)

V8 Custom Guitars (aka the purveyor of some of the market’s most out-there car-inspired electric guitar designs) has just unveiled its latest gem – the El Bonneville Special Edition.

The worlds of guitars and cars have always been intrinsically linked. Jeff Beck, for example, once pioneered an entirely new Graffiti Yellow Stratocaster finish inspired by his 1932 Ford. Likewise, Eric Clapton was recently honored with a Blu Scozia-finished guitar that paid homage to his favorite Ferrari.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.