30 Amazing Guitar Designs

Design touches us in nearly everything we see, touch, use – and even hear. Though musical design isn’t visual, it is an artform that strives for creativity within defined rules, always seeking the auditory aesthetic. And when it comes to guitars, in many cases the design of the music only barely eclipses that of the instrument.

Guitarists might covet their ’59 Les Paul or vintage Telecaster, created by large guitar manufacturers Gibson and Fender, respectively; but they can also appreciate the sleek and unique guitar designs crafted by smaller, custom guitar builders. These guitar designers have the freedom to create truly stunning visual works of art that complement the music in a way the big guitar manufacturers do not: with personality and style versus mass production.

April is International Guitar Month, and to celebrate I’ve showcases 30 of the most amazing, unique and unusual guitar designs I’ve ever seen. Rock on!

1.  Gallia by Howard Klepper

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2.  El Daga, V8

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3.  Eastwood Breadwinner

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4.  Gittler Deluxe

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5.  Dali Guitars?

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6.  Spider Guitar

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7.  AK-47 Guitar

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8.  Lego Guitar

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9.  The Villanizer – Steampunk Guitar

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10.  Spiral Light Guitar

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11.  Dragon Guitar

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12.  Cybertech T-Ron

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13.  Hutchinson Great Red

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14.  Viking V

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15.  Molten Diabolic

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16.  ODD Atom

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17.  Tueffel Birdfish

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18.  Tueffel Tesla

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19.  DMG Bonecrusher

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20.  Sonic Wind

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21.  Ed Roman Crown Knight Guitar

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22.  Stephallen NeoSynth

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23.  Viktorian El Grace

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24.  Baudier Zephyr

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25.  Baudier Seafoam

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26.  Purple Flame Roadster

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27.  J. Backlund Model JBD-400

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28.  Visionary Guitar

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29.  Hanson Cigno ST

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30.  D&H G Model Stainless Steel

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