With Halloween fast approaching we thought it would be a fun idea to take a look at some of the most ghastly, freakishly EVIL custom guitars out there. Here are 13 of the most vile creations we could find…
Most of these guitars are custom, one-of-a-kind models but that’s just the route you will most likely need to take if you want something as far-fetched and outrageous as these. I can’t see Fender doing a new model featuring a 3D demon skull with flashing eyes any time soon!
This list isn’t ranked by order of EVIL, but I’ve certainly left the most gruesome and disturbing of all til last. You may want to steer clear of the end of page because what appears there truly is the stuff of nightmares – evil incarnate some might say!
ESP LTD Devil Girl
This guitar was made in 2002 and i’m guessing it wasn’t ESP’s best selling guitar that year – it regularly makes the ‘ugliest guitar’ lists that you can find scattered around teh interwebz.
Hutchinson Nurgle Guitar
James Hutchinson is a UK based artist who creates very themed and highly stylised guitars. The inspiration for the Nurgle Les Paul came from the Warhammer 40,000 universe in which Nurgle is the God of death and decay. The guitar top is heavily corroded and eaten away by rust and worm holes.
McSwain Frankenstein Guitar
Tired of seeing the same old guitars and designs, artist, luthier & musician Stephen McSwain decided to create a new breed of guitar that he likes to call “functional art.” Each instrument is hand-made, one at a time, and has unique characteristics that make it a highly collectible guitar or piece of art, depending on how you look at it.
Former Evanescence guitar player Ben Moody is the current owner of this particular one.
ESP Flaming Skull Guitar
Another ghastly guitar from ESP, this one is designed by Jimmy DiResta. It’s certainly very shiny, and gives off an almost liquid-like appearance! Looks like a great guitar for players who like to adopt a classical sitting position – that mouth seems like it would slot over your leg quite nicely!
Ibanez Devil Mask J-Custom
This is a one of a kind Ibanez J-Custom, hand carved in Japan in 1998 for a guitar gallery in Orlando, Florida. This was on sale for a cool $5000 and you can see why when you look at the detail involved in the carving of this guitar.
Photos were hard to come by, but fortunately there’s a great video of it on YouTube. As you can see from the video you can see straight through the mouth of the carving, sort of like an evil version of Steve Vai’s monkeygrip! \m/
Schecter Custom Shop Coffin Guitar
This is a 2009 USA Custom Shop offering from Schecter. Whoever airbrushed those skulls has some crazy skills, they look absolutely killer! Doesn’t come cheap at almost a $5000 RRP
Ironside Ghostrider Guitar
Robert Ironside builds guitars which have been intricately carved to produce what are essentially works of art. Robert doesn’t rely on paint to produce these stunning guitars, it’s all done by hand with a chisel!
Visit their website if you like what you see to order one of your own! Don’t expect it to be cheap though, guitars don’t come much more ‘handmade’ than these!
Hembry Dragon Guitar
Is it a dragon, or is it the devil? Whatever it is, it’s pretty scary looking! For added bad-assery the eyes also light up! Check out more crazy evil designs at Hembry Guitars
George Lynch Custom Skull & Bones Guitar
This guitar was hand-carved for George Lynch by famous Hollywood horror movie make-up artist Johnny Frog. It was made in conjunction with Ed Roman Guitars.
Lieber Guitars Gigerstein Guitar
This guitar was commissioned by Chris Stein of Blondie and is based on the works of H.R. Giger, an artist who is most famously known for his work in the movie ‘Alien’. The bio-mechanical body design is hand carved in wood and is adorned with carbon graphite, assorted biological materials and bronze castings. Lieber Guitars
With this guitar being so utterly badass you’d think there would be some high quality photos of it – unfortunately not
Of course, if these outrageous guitars are little OTT for you, then you could consider getting a more straightforward custom paint job by your friendly neighbourhood artist. Or failing that why not try a stock guitar with a crazy finish like this Washburn Murderweapon?
Or how about Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and his famous signature Karloff the Mummy ESP?
Kirk also owns a few other guitars with similar horror themed finishes, be sure to check out his famous Ouija Board ESP and the less publicly seen Red Frankenstein ESP!
And the Winner Is…
MY EYES!!!! MY EYES!!!!……… Oh the humanity!!! The Justin Bieber signature Gibson is the true stuff of nightmare.
Happy Halloween everybody!
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