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Top 10 Geeky Guitars That We Must Own Now

Fans channel their passion for any given subject in all sorts of ways, including modifying their guitars. Why would you play a plain guitar when you can rock on an instrument that looks like Darth Maul? I’ve seen guitars built from the ground up with a geeky purpose in mind and ones modified with paint and clay. I imagine it’s tricky to make alterations without damaging the functionality of the instrument and rather than take that risk, some fans go to professionals and commission nerdy guitars. We’ve got designs that fall into all of those categories in our list of ten awesomely geeky guitars that we are dying to shred on. Take a look:


10. Darth Maul

Anthony Colucci turned an ESP LTD Lynch Kamikaze guitar into the ferocious Sith from The Phantom Menace. He really liked the character and though he started with a simple Maul paint job on the guitar, he decided to take it to the next step and carve Maul’s face using X-acto knives, a Dremel, and sculpting tools. Just look at those teeth! He added modified versions of Gentle Giant’s Bust-Up Darth Vader and Maul heads for the volume and pickup. This is one of the few times that I advocate following the dark side of the Force.


9.  Adventure Time

This Adventure Time guitar design by artist Renate Pommerening probably makes any music played on it more magical. She added the colorful paint job to a friend’s guitar, and it not only features some pretty backgrounds from the Land of Ooo, it also has tons of cast members. Jake the Dog, Finn the Human, the Ice King, BMO, and the list goes on. The design started with pencils, and she used paint markers to fill in the lines.


8. Hylian Shield

Ben Groenen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Customs went on a Legend of Zelda style adventure to craft this Hylian Shield guitar. No, he didn’t have to battle monsters or toss back magical potions, but he did have to work with power tools. Groenen made this guitar from scratch by shaping the body from compressed wood panels with a jigsaw to carving in lines for the fret wires. He used both paint and nail polish to add color.


If the Doctor was to join a rock band, he’d be obligated to jam on this GuiTARDIS design by Rice Custom Guitars. It’s a beautiful recreation of the blue box that travels through time and space in Doctor Who, and I’m amazed that the guitar still functions given how detailed it is. Chris Rice came up with the playable TARDIS and details the process from concept to creation in the above video.


6. Map of Westeros

When you play the Game of Thrones, you sing for your supper or die. Okay, that’s not true, but wouldn’t it be fun if a bunch of bards were vying for the Iron Throne? Anyone who played on this guitar covered in a map of Westeros would surely have a leg up on the competition. And fortunately, it’s available to purchase on Reverb! The map design is on the front and back of this Kramer guitar that was restored with 25-30 year old hardware.


5. Klingon Bat’leth

If you want a playable instrument that doubles as a weapon, consider a Klingon Bat’leth guitar. This Star Trekinspired guitar is one of two made for a charity auction held at Trek Fest XXX. They were played by Trek actors J.G. Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly.


4. Lord of the Rings

All hail the Sharpie skills of artist Vivian Xiao. I suspect she has a ring of power that lets her wield the permanent markers with precision. She spent about 25 hours adding memorable sights from Lord of the Rings onto this acoustic guitar with nothing but Sharpies. You can spot Rivendell, Bag End, the Eye of Sauron, Lothlórien, and more. The back of the guitar is just as lovely.


3. Koopa Troopa

Koopa Troopas might be the enemy in the Super Mario games, but they’re still cute little creatures and this guitar shows me that Koopa Troopas should be featured prominently on all guitars. The snazzy and functional electric guitar was made by Redditor SpatulaMaster, and since it’s a right-handed design he plays the Koopa Troopa on its back so it looks like it’s been stomped.


2. Xenomorph

Toby Bailey is skilled at the art of pyrography and adds his custom wood burning work to all kinds of surfaces, including guitars. A friend of his built a guitar from scratch and commissioned Bailey to add some H.R. Giger art in the form of a Xenomorph from the Alien films. It looks both elegant and creepy.


1. Batman

I am vengeance, I am the night, I am a Batman guitar. This beautiful Bat symbol guitar belongs to Eric Carroll. He purchased the guitar – branded as a Six Flags guitar – and added the strap and yellow strings.

What guitars did we leave out? Head to the comments and tell us about the nerdy guitars you like the most or send me links on Twitter.

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  1. David says:

    Here are the real goof guitars:

  2. AiXeLsyD13 says:

    I would definitely include the Tom Bingham Millennium Falcon guitar(s), or one of the many others.

  3. Anthony says:

    How are the rebel basses from star wars not on this list??

    • Patti Brown says:

      I love the rebel bass guitar! I’ve always wondered if it was real, or just something clever made up for a meme. 

  4. Charles says:

    That GuiTARDIS is legit! I saw Time Crash use it at the Way Station. They’re wicked good!

  5. Humancipator says:

    as a left handed guitarist, i have to say all these guitars are frustratingly upside down.

    • kevdub says:

      The Koopa Troopa appears to b e a lefty. Just sayin. 

      • WayneAP says:

        It’s strung so that it’s a righty. Just sayin. :)Plus the description says it’s right-handed so it looks like a stomped Koopa.But, nothing’s saying someone couldn’t string it for left-handed.

      • JIMjimJIM says:

        It’s absolutely not a lefty. The koopa troopa is just upside down. It is strung for right handed, the bridge intonation is set for right handed. Most importantly, the knobs would be in a horrible position for a left handed player. That thing looks so uncomfortable to play. It would have been better if he made if left handed or flipped the body.

    • Eric Johnson says:

      Adopt, adapt, improve. It worked for Hendrix, that’s how he was so original in his style and patterns.

      • JIMjimJIM says:

        Nothing Jimi Hendrix did would remotely affect the fretboard logic that determines what patterns and style a person plays. Jimi Hendrix would have been just as good(possibly better) if he had a left handed guitar throughout his career. IMO, it takes away from the talent of the man when people try to give credit to the fact that he played a RH guitar strung upside down.

        • David says:

          Albert King and Doyle Bramhall III do amazing stuff with guitars strung backwards.  Am considering learning to do the same.