I’ve been playing guitar for about 14 years now and I’m a sucker for guitar porn. Looking at guitars can make me get a little antsy in my pantsy, if you know what I mean. But in all seriousness, I’m a huge fan of custom guitars, both in terms of hardware as much as in artistic creation. My interest stems from me taking my first guitar, a ’97 Epiphone Special 1 (back when that model was a solid guitar), and completely redoing all the hardware. Actually, I might show you that one day.
But moving to the article, below you’ll find pictures of a guitar (what looks like an Ibanez) that Gig Goldstein has carved into an astonishing homage to H.R. Giger and the Xenomorphs from aliens. Even the volume and tone knobs are unique (they’re little egg sacs). Overall, it’s an awesome guitar and I would give quite a bit to rock that bad boy on a regular basis. Check below for quotes from Gig and pictures of the guitar.
“I started carving 12 years ago, it started out as chainsaw carvings and progressed in to detailed wildlife carvings and my main subjects at that time were fresh water fish. A guitar player friend of mine asked me if I’d be able to carve a solid body guitar and that’s how I got in to working on guitars. I have a small business carving for art galleries and clients that collect my carvings, the guitar thing is really just a sideline hobby I pursue but its starting to become a larger part of what I do.
“A detailed carving job can take between 40 to 50 hours to complete, the most difficult stage is in the design of the subject. I try to strive for a flow to the overall carving, I also try to tell a story of some type. The alien guitar is roughly based on the art work of the artist H.R. Giger, the idea I had was to interpret an alien life cycle. My biggest joy from completing a guitar is knowing the person receiving it appreciates it as a one of a kind piece of art that you can play.” – Gig Goldstein
Check out some of Gig’s carved guitars in action here.
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