Rowell is a wood sculptor who carves guitar bodies into something certifiably unusual. Whether using an existing body (in this case a Strat body) or starting from scratch, he creates almost any scene - from lunar landings to dragons - that one can imagine ending up on a guitar. Or rather, as a guitar.
Industrial designer Greg Opatik creates ergonomic furniture and builds sculpted guitars. His company, Sinuous, focuses on optimizing the shape of the guitar to the player, and each of his guitars is handmade to the player’s specs. This particular model, the SD-22, has a poplar body, a hard maple neck, and a maple fingerboard with no inlays.
The guitar features Seymour Duncan pickups, push coil tap pots for the humbuckers, a Hipshot bridge, and hardware in gold, black, or chrome. The result is a guitar that looks and feels familiar but adds ergonomic curves to the overall shape. For more info, check out http://www.sinuousguitars.com/
This sculpture was created as part of the Young Artists Exhibition in Switzerland. With the way things feel outside right now and the elevated heat this summer, it looks like something that could happen at any guitarist’s outdoor gig.
:Mermaid- Andy Manson.
Andy Manson, perhaps best known as the luthier who built John Paul Jones’ triple-necked guitar during the Led Zeppelin years, spent three years creating his Mermaid Guitar. Manson refers to this as a musical sculpture, as opposed to a guitar.
The lifesize body is constructed of an amazing number of woods, including mahogany, walnut, satinwood, snakewood, sycamore, willow, and cherry. Manson’s shop is in Portugal, and the Mermaid is for sale. To hear the guitar being played by Manson, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd8IfxYvbUE.