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Guitars

Permanent Marker Guitars

Permanent Marker Guitars

Patrick Fisher creates astoundingly detailed works of art using guitars as his canvas, and permanent markers as his medium. They’re so beautiful, we’d be afraid to scratch them up while strumming.

Cat. Guitar. Earthquake.

Cat. Guitar. Earthquake.

This cat seems far more interested in playing the guitar than in the 6.3 magnitude quake which struck in the middle of his performance. In fact, he seems downright offended by the interruption.

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Unlimited Electric Guitar

Unlimited Electric Guitar
$275+  Pledge Comment

The Unlimited is an electric guitar with a built-in amp. You can also add effects and play audio from your mobile device via an app. Convenient, though we hope this demo isn’t of the final build.

Telecaster Reimagined

Telecaster Reimagined

Mathew Schneider’s redesign of the Fender Telecaster. The pickup is a nod to the acoustic guitar, the knobs and switches are now buttons and the body is swathed in textiles and leather.

gTar iPhone Guitar

gTar iPhone Guitar
$399  Buy Link Comment

Transforms your iPhone 4 or 4S into a fully-functional guitar trainer with real strings and a light-up fretboard to help guide your fingertips. Has several difficulty levels and a free play mode.

Horse Plays Guitar

Horse Plays Guitar

This horse needs help to hold the guitar and its frets, but it makes a noble effort to strum all by itself. Now keep in mind we didn’t title this post “Horse Plays Guitar Well” for a reason.

Gibson Buckethead Les Paul

Gibson Buckethead Les Paul
$4311  Buy Comment

First released in 2010, the Buckethead Les Paul has an oversized body, a marker-less fingerboard and ceramic humbucking pickups with arcade style kill switches, just as the shredder wants it.

NeckFX

NeckFX
$299+  Pledge Link Comment

The NeckFX is a replacement neck for bolt-on guitars. It has LEDs embedded into the fretboard that light up whenever any string is pressed into any fret, creating a funky light show on the fly.

A Strat is Born

A Strat is Born

Fender gives us a time-lapse view of how its manufacturing facility in Corona, California makes the company’s world famous Stratocaster guitar. The song is Dangerous Madness by Wayne Kramer.

Mojave Picker’s Wallet

Mojave Picker’s Wallet
$30  Buy Comment

The perfect pocket accessory for guitar players, Whipping Post’s Mojave Picker’s Wallet is made from 100% full-grain leather, holds credit cards, license, cash, and the all-important guitar pick.

Sinuous Guitars

Sinuous Guitars
$1750-$2150  Buy Comment

Industrial designer Greg Opatik “set out to design a guitar that made sense.” The result is a guitar that conforms to the player’s body. The frets, pickups and colors of orders can be customized.

Golden Loves Guitar

Golden Loves Guitar

We’ve seen babies stop crying and start rocking out to good music. Golden the dog proves that man’s best bud can appreciate a nice tune as well. He looks so mad whenever the music stops.

Guitar Hero at 18

Guitar Hero at 18

Yup, high school senior Ben Lapps has definitely got real life expert mode in the bag. Watch as he makes a cover of Phunkdified by fingerstyle great Justin King look effortless.

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Spoon Guitar

Spoon Guitar

Sit back and relax as South African guitarist Hannes Coetzee plays you a little ditty with his unique spoon in mouth technique. The video quality may not be great but the feel-good is more than adequate.

You Can Play a Guitar Like That?

You Can Play a Guitar Like That?

Jon Gomm doesn’t so much shred as make use of interesting guitar techniques to produce his heartfelt songs. They’re still just as fun to watch being played as they are to listen to though.

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar
$1850  Buy Comment

Replicas of Cobain’s “battered and highly unusual” left-hander 1965 Jaguar. Has the same 3-color sunburst alder body (with worn-out finish), dual humbucking pickups and triple knob configuration.

27 String Guitar

27 String Guitar

In the late 70’s, Guitarist and master luthier Keith Medley conceived this unique creation with 21 more strings than most people will ever be able to play. He uses it to perform his original compositions.

Guitar String Oscillations

Guitar String Oscillations

Motion designer Kyle Jones happened upon this phenomenon when filming from inside his guitar. The effect is from the iPhone 4’s rolling shutter; it’s not really representative of string vibration.

Kindergarten Orchestra

Kindergarten Orchestra

It’s not an orchestra per se, but the skills, cooperation and general lack of fidgeting that these little Korean kindergartners show while playing their guitars in this video are beyond impressive.

Pickmaster Plectrum Punch

Pickmaster Plectrum Punch
$35  Buy Comment

Turn your old credit cards into guitar picks with this easy to use punch. Your picks may not be as glamorous as ones made from ivory or wood, but “recycling” is music to Mother Nature’s ears.

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Whipping Post Guitar Case

Whipping Post Guitar Case
$825  Buy Comment

A ruggedly handsome hand-sewn guitar case from Whipping Post made of 100% full-grain leather with stainless steel parts. Its shoulder strap can be adjusted so you can carry the case as a backpack.

Cigar Box Electric Guitars

Cigar Box Electric Guitars

Kid Rock and other savvy musicians are fans of Memphis blues musician Johnny Lowe, who forges collectible handmade guitars out of cigar boxes, pool sticks and other repurposed objects.

Hyper Touch Guitar

Hyper Touch Guitar

Max Battaglia’s concept guitar does away with strings and frets, replacing them with a long multi-touch screen. Its digital brains would let you configure the number of strings, frets and effects.

Guitar Club Dinosaur Tribute

Guitar Club Dinosaur Tribute

We remember striving for perfection in our youth: Shiba High School’s guitar club (one of Japan’s oldest guitar orchestra clubs) achieves it here, playing the Jurassic Park theme. (Thanks Spencer!)

Leather Guitar Bag

Leather Guitar Bag
$825  Buy Comment

Made of full grain leather, Whipping Post Guitar Bags are available in 3 finishes; they feature hand sewn satchels that use marine grade threading and include 1″ of high density foam padding.

Blackbird Lucky 13

Blackbird Lucky 13
$1800  Buy Comment

Combining classic and modern design, this 3/4 scale, 13-fret guitar is one beautiful instrument. With its unibody carbon-fiber construction, any acoustic player would be proud to own one.

World’s Fastest Guitarist

World’s Fastest Guitarist

Music to your ears? Tiago Della Vega held the former world record for fast playing of the guitar at 320 beats per minute, but now has broken his prior record by playing at speeds up to 750 BPM.

Kitara Touchscreen Guitar

Kitara Touchscreen Guitar
$849-$2499  Buy Comment

After all the rounds of Rock Band, we’re already used to playing guitars without strings. The touchscreen Kitara is a string-free performance instrument. Doubles as a MIDI controller.

Rock Band 3 Pro Mode: Guitars

Rock Band 3 Pro Mode: Guitars

In Rock Band 3‘s Pro Mode, players use either the Mad Catz button guitar controller, or the Squier Stratocaster guitar – an actual guitar that doubles as a controller – to play actual notes.

Moog Guitar E1

Moog Guitar E1
$3,500  Buy Comment

Invented by Paul Vo, the Moog Guitar’s pickups use magnetic fields to control the strings, allowing guitarists to pull off controlled and infinite sustains, instant mute, harmonic blends and more.

LEGO Spinal Tap

LEGO Spinal Tap

The mockumentary Spinal Tap had many classic scenes. Here’s one, only in LEGO form. Nigel shows Marty the world’s most absurd amp, for when the band needs that “extra push over the cliff”.

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