Cool Guitars – Unusual Guitar Pics

A collection of cool electric guitars and acoustic guitars from around the world combining weird and wonderful designs with playability. Acoustic guitars have been around for thousands of years but electric guitars weren’t used until the 1930’s. This collection pays homage to the guitar whilst demonstrating how much imagination and creativity some people have.


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  • Hmmmmmm – and what about the music, the one in furs must sound terrible and I suspect some of the others do too. The volume of the cabinet (or whatever it’s called) looks too narrow.

  • Man some of them were really nice,The ones with fur would be Billy Gibbons guitars i think (ZZ top) And the one with the harp piece looks like Michael Hedges guitar that he used for the cover of comfortably numb…

    In related news I went to a guitar exibition called RockChic before in the Dublin Museum which had some lovely guitars, if anyones interested you can find them on my Picasa page, most arn’t as cool but there are some good ones

  • most of those should be destroyed they are so ugly….or just plain stupid. making a great instrument look like a piece of “you know what”

  • “Not really they’re electric guitars it doesn’t make any difference…”

    Explain, then, why an SG and a Les Paul, loaded with the same hardware and playing through the same amplifiers will still sound different from each other. Same goes for any other guitar. The shape and composition of the body affects the guitar’s overall tone, electric or not.

    I’d still like to know what they were trying to accomplish with that hinged model.

  • ok, music snobs, i can understand what you’re saying about some of these being impossible to play and not getting the point, but that’s just it. you missed the point. it’s art, whether it’s playable or not. whether it’s functional or not. just like when people make motorcycles into works of art. do you really think anyone ever rides them? it’s art. just appreciate it for what it is.

  • “art” is taking it a little far. They’re different, unexpected.. ultimately pointless, but in person sure to make them laugh. The hinged one is impossible to play and not in the slightest clever.

  • I SURE DO LIKE THAT SPINNER-MAN GUITAR. Honestly, am I the only one who saw that?

    If you don’t know which one, it’s the superhero guitar.

  • etpsc:

    Uh, fur covered. Check ZZ Top.

    Its also electric? The fur inst going to effect the sound, aside form being a fricking pain to keep clean.

  • Maybe two of this whole collection was worth even thinking about building. It is quite a tasteless group of guitars; ugly, pointless. The ones that are supposed to be “bad-boy” scream “I play way too much War Craft to ever be cool, and I built this useless guitar!!” The others are just stupid.

  • ok, to clear things up, NOT ALL ELECTRIC GUITARS SOUND THE SAME!!!
    that’s final.if you know ANYTHING about a guitar, you know that much.

  • Not that anyone really cares, but the hinged guitar is for traveling. It folds in half so it’s easier to take around with you.

  • there is nothing in this world people can do for just the enjoyment of doing it, someone always has to be negative and insulting.

  • Just wondering where George Lynch’s “Skull and Bones” guitar was? That’s gotta be one of the most famous carved guitars out there.

  • Guitars sound differently depending what they are made out of. It doesn’t matter whether its an electric or an acoustic the material determines the tone. The fur one will sound absolutely terrible, I’ve seen the metal ones turn out alright even acoustic metal guitars. You can trust me on this, I spent 15 years working in a music store and have experience building guitars. If you have a more extensive background feel free to argue with me.

  • the fur ones dont sound like crap, listen to zztop, doesnt sound like crap to me. But yes, what they are made of will affect the sound, electric or not.

  • A couple of those definitely looked photoshopped.

    The rest are pretty frickin sweet though. 🙂

  • Some of the most stupid stuff I have ever seen. Give someone a band saw and a spray gun and they will create those abominations. Oh yeah, the gun freaks have some serious penis envy.

  • John said…
    so, id like to see someone actually play the second to last one. anyone know what youtube keywords to put in for that?

    It’s called the “Pikasso” and was made by Linda Manzer for guitarist Pat Metheny.


  • That last one; the PRS double neck. It went for like 17000$ at a NYC shop. I don’t really like it, but the inlays are cool.

    Most of these are ugly, though. I’d say 95% of them are horrendous.

  • “so, id like to see someone actually play the second to last one. anyone know what youtube keywords to put in for that?”

    Search for Pat Metheny, Thats his 42 string pikasso guitar.

  • to all those who rip on these guitars because they might be for show instead of for playing, just think of all the throw-away guitars out there that fill guitar center, sam ash, and any music store- look at these like you would a painting, and if its playable, so much the better. personally, im sick of cheap guitars

  • Most of these are of really bad taste, in my personal opinion. They just look awfully cheesy.
    I love guitars. I prefer the classic look I guess, I find that guitars are elegant (but that’s probably because I’m a girl and because of the whole unconscious phallic theory lol).

  • “Not really they’re electric guitars it doesn’t make any difference…”

    Well yeah it would make a difference, the heavyness, the shape, and the amount of wood used would all alter the tone and sound of the guitar.

    Just like Josh said earlier.

  • Hate to break it to you, but the millenium falcon guitar is not an actual functioning guitar. It’s in the window of a record store in Santa Cruz and it’s just a guitar neck slapped onto a falcon figurine. They also have a skateboard with an added guitar neck next to it, but you can’t really see it out in the picture.

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