THE BEST Guitars

PocketStrings

PocketStrings

The equivalent of drum practice pads for guitarists. PocketStrings are small bars with real guitar strings and real frets that you can use to practice anywhere. Available in 4- and 6-fret variants. Also on ThinkGeek.

AK-47 Guitar

AK-47 Guitar

Guitar builder Jimmy DiResta made this custom electric guitar for musician Wyclef Jean, turning what was once an axe into an assault rifle. Jump to 6:35 to see the finished instrument.

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TronicalTune Guitar Tuner

TronicalTune Guitar Tuner

This little robot will make sure your axe is always in tune. Install it behind your guitar’s headstock and it will mechanically tune your strings in seconds. Available for different guitar brands and models.

Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer

Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer

Invented by Paul Vo and beta tested with the synth experts at Moog Music, the Vo-96 is an innovative synthesizer that attaches to acoustic guitars, modifying its sound using magnetic fields to change the way the strings vibrate.

Bohemian Oil Can Guitars

Bohemian Oil Can Guitars

The twangy Bohemian Guitar line will offer choice of 3 oil can styles, maple necks with rosewood fingerboards and bridge, adjustable truss rods and chrome tuning machines. (Thanks Bryan!)

Coin Guitar Picks

Coin Guitar Picks

Etsy sellers Dustin and Stephanie make guitar picks out of American coins, some of them several decades old. The edges of the picks have smooth beveled edges to reduce the wear on guitar strings.

Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune Guitar

Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune Guitar

Unlike high end self-tuning guitars that have motors on their tuning pegs, the AT-200 uses pitch correcting software to digitally adjust the sound coming from its strings. A great kit for beginners.

Alma Flamenca

Alma Flamenca

A wonderful short by Greek studio Deep Green Sea chronicling the 299 hours spent by expert guitar maker Vassilis Lazarides to make a single flamenco guitar. Music by Edsart Udo De Haes.

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.

Unlimited Electric Guitar

Unlimited Electric Guitar

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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.

Pickmaster Plectrum Punch

Pickmaster Plectrum Punch

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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