If you’re reading this, or in fact even just by visiting this sight I can safely assume that you both appreciate and love what is arguably one of the worlds most popular instruments, the guitar. Guitars are amazing, relatively simple instruments that are fairly easy to pick up and produce both beautiful and awesome sounds, particularly once the instrument is mastered. It’s this love that persuades us, no, requires us to personalise our guitars, to make them a part of ourselves and an extension of our personality. Maybe you simply give it a lick of paint? Your favourite colour perhaps? Or maybe you cover it with stickers? Perhaps you’ve gone a step further though and you’ve had one custom built? Maybe you’ve even made it yourself, really crafting something that shows who you are. There are plenty of people out there who’ve shown their love for the instrument in this way, and there are some incredible examples of how far you can push the boundaries on them out there. Naturally you’ll find some of the best amongst the most successful players out there, let’s take a look at some of these crazy custom models and just who they belong too.
The Five Necked Guitar
You’ve probably all seen a two necked guitar, maybe even one with three necks but there is nothing quite like the guitarist of Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen’s somewhat ludicrous five necked guitar. The guitar was built in 1981 and is more than simply made to look impressive, the idea came out of a genuine necessity for such a beast. He spoke of shows he played at in the late 70s and early 80s in which he’d play 5 different guitars during his solos. He’d stack them up, playing one for a portion of the solo then tossing it to one side and simply pick up the next one he needed and keep playing.
It was time to streamline the process, make it more efficient and fluid so he put in a request to Hamer, the designer of the last guitar in his five-instrument pileup, to combine them into a multi-storey music machine. Believe it or not though this five necked wonder wasn’t actually the first concept he had for the thing, this was actually a more conservative version of his first idea. Initially Nielsen was hoping to have a contraction that instead has six necks and spun round like a wheel of fortune, meaning he could simply spin the guitar and grab the neck he needed as the show went on. In the end though this design never saw the light of day, perhaps it was just too majestic for this world. Still, this shouldn’t take away from the marvel of the five necked guitar which is still more necks than most players will ever need. It would have been good to see that sixer though.