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In a world of Strats and Les Pauls, it’s not exactly hard to stand out.
These manufacturers have gone to great lengths to produce distinctive and unusual guitar designs.
Here are 15 unbelievable, bizarre, and downright ridiculous guitar designs that truly stand out from the pack.
Is there anything cooler than a guitar slung over your shoulders as you stand in your power stance, riffing along to your favorite bands?
Well, that depends on how your guitar looks. Sure your classic Strats are sleek and your Les Pauls mean business but there are some seriously crazy guitar designs out there that are sure to get heads turning at your next gig.
If you’re looking for something that makes a statement, or maybe you just want people to do a double-take as you open your gig bag. Here are our favorite 15 crazy guitar designs you gotta check out!
Forget arguing over whether the tonal benefits of mahogany outweigh ash, this guitar is made of pure steel.
Featuring a single P90, the Bohemian Oil Can Guitar offers a rich, clear tone that sounds as cool as it looks. We can really imagine sitting on our porch, in our rocking chair jamming some blues on this one. With just four strings and a smaller scale than a regular guitar, you can expect this one to play closer to a ukulele.
No list of crazy guitar designs would be complete without the Wangcaster which, well, you can probably tell what it’s designed after.
This electric guitar doesn’t necessarily scream ‘cool’ but it certainly is unique. Experimental and industrial musicians, in particular, may be drawn to the shock value of this design. If you’re into weird guitars and really don’t care what others think, then this is for you!
There have been several viral videos of people constructing a real Lego guitar but one of our favorites is Tolgahan Coğulu’s custom guitar that is an adjustable, microtonal guitar that he constructed with Lego and a 3D printer.
That’s right, a real Lego guitar!
Tolgahan created the fingerboard and frets which snap into place at key points whilst threads that would fix to the guitar were also constructed from scratch to create a fully functional guitar.
What do you do when you’ve become one of the most famous and fastest shredders in the world? Add another neck to your guitar and learn to shred in reverse (with your picking hand fretting and vice versa).
What do you do when you’ve mastered reverse shredding? Add another two necks to your two necked guitars.
This is exactly what Michael Angelo Batio did and he’s been melting faces playing this four-necked guitar live ever since.
We can’t imagine the discipline it takes to learn how to shred with your hands reversed and then upside down.
After a very long and complicated legal process, YouTuber Prince Midnight went and made a full functioning guitar from the remains of his Uncle Filip that he had been battling to have released to him. This really raises a lot of questions and eyebrows, but you asked for crazy guitar designs and we challenge you to prove that this isn’t totally crazy.
As you can see in the video, the guitar consists of a very obvious rib cage attached to a Strat-style neck. It certainly looks cool and playing it would no doubt be a “unique” experience.
11. Millenium Falcon Guitar
Everyone loves Star Wars. Everyone. We’ve seen George Lucas’ sci-fi epic incorporated into studios and now, thanks to C. A. House Music, we have a Millennium Falcon guitar!
Showcased at NAMM 2020, the new model includes an Evertune bridge and obligatory lights. This falls into both categories of ‘unusual guitar designs’ and ‘guitars on my Christmas wish list’.
12. Pikasso Guitar
The Pikasso is a custom guitar built by luthier Linda Manzer.
If you want to explore unusual acoustic guitars then this is probably a good place to start.
The guitar was actually designed for Pat Metheny (one of the best jazz guitarists of the time) around 30 years ago and features not one headstock but two, giving you a total of 42 strings.
13. Andrew WK’s Taco Guitar
We all know Andrew WK likes to party hard but he also loves a crazy guitar design.
Following from a similar idea that lead to the creation of the pizza guitar in 2012, the taco guitar was born through ESP and features a huge beef taco-shaped body.
Andrew WK explained:
“When it comes to edible celebration, tacos are party-er than almost anything else. Pizza and tacos are among the partiest foods on the planet, and I realized that since I had paid musical tribute to pizza, I now had to pay musical tribute to tacos. I was destined to make a taco-shaped guitar – it was inevitable.”.
14. ZZ Top’s Spinning Furs
We like to think this was an effort to make the instrument more comfortable. Maybe this was a way of finding something to rest your head on whilst on tour?
Whatever the reason, ZZ Top played spinning fur guitars in their video for Legs which screams ‘1980s’ but we still think they are really cool guitars.
15. The ESP Angel Classic V Series
Another on the list from guitar legend ESP is this work of art. The Angel Classic V.
We’re not entirely sure who would play this guitar, but it definitely stands out with its body clutched by an angel. Certainly a niche item but we’re sure it plays well!
There’s little to be found online on the Angel series but you can check it out on Pinterest.