For the last few years, I have been going to the NAMM show, and always have been floored at the amount of artistry that goes into some of the guitars on display.
While GearGods likes to cover the more technical aspects of the convention (head on over for 300 videos featuring product demos, announcements and performances), I prefer to make a list every year of the sexiest guitars. These are being judged purely for aesthetic purposes, and not for their playing ability. Without further ado…
This ridiculous 8-string Pratt Headless Bass
One of the first things I saw at the convention and certainly one of the more unique-looking basses around.
This Gorgeous Sever Custom Guitar with Nightime Sunburst Finish
A guitar that looks like the sky at night!
This ridiculous Rolling Stones tribute guitar
This is essentially a guitar you hang up on your wall, right? Unless you play in a Rolling Stones cover band, then it's perfectly fine to play this one live.
ESP Custom Shinobi Guitar
This is the type of guitar you would never take out of the case.
This Wooden Custom ESP Guitar
ESP really brought it. Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but the bevel on this one was nuts.
This gorgeous Vigier strawberry swirl guitar
Never has a guitar finish made me want a milkshake more…
Ibanez Steve Vai Special Editions
Only 77 of each of these have been made in celebration of Vai's legacy, and man are they gorgeous!
Vox Starstream Guitars
I love a unique body, and these are some of the most unique I saw at the convention.
Classic BC Rich Red
BC Rich understands that red = metal
These gorgeous new EVH guitars
Eddie Van Halen's signature design will never go out of style for this dork. I love the different iterations this year.
This gorgeous red Jackson guitar
Did I mention I'm a sucker for red guitars?
This bright Charvel Neon Guitars
I'm also a sucker for neon guitars.
Schecter Keith Merrow Signature
Speaking of neon guitars…
Schecter GWAR Signature and Sean Yseult Signature Bass
I love a unique body on a guitar, so the accented V on the Mike Derks guitar is killer. Also, a coffin case bass? How metal!
Schecter Shaun Morgan Signature
Schecter really killed it this year. I love the embossed bevel on this guitar.
This unique 660 Guitar
These insane Ogre Guitars
Who would actually play these?
The Gaudiest Guitars at NAMM
These two were in the same section and were unbelievable to look at.
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